I wrote "The boss is a small Englishman". Is this not a possible translation of the Hungarian?
That would rather be "A főnök egy alacsony angol", where angol is a noun. While it can refer to a woman as well, without context I would assume we're talking about a man.
Sure. I was talking about the Hungarian word. While -- in contrast to Englishman -- it doesn't explicitly state it's a man, it would be assumed, unless the context proved the opposite.
The context is that angol is followed by ferfi, so clearly it's an Englishman, not an Englishwoman. It looks odd in English to split Englishman into two words.