FA to adopt 'Rooney Rule' for future roles in the England set-up

Martin Glenn has announced the FA are to introduce a version of the Rooney Rule

Martin Glenn has announced the FA are to introduce a version of the Rooney Rule

There are now just five BAME coaches across the 92 English Football League clubs but Glenn said he hoped the rule would have a trickle-down effect.

"I'm optimistic. It's not just for coaches but football staff all round".

The Football Association will adopt a version of the "Rooney Rule" when appointing future England managers by interviewing at least one applicant from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background.

They were also attacked following the handling of the Eniola Aluko controversy with ex-England women's coach, Mark Sampson.

"This is a watershed moment", Lord Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out said.

The "Rooney Rule" was first introduced 15 years ago in the National Football League, and the FA hope that this will help the organisation become a more inclusive workplace for all diversities.

FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn, who was grilled by MPs about the FA's culture and faced calls to resign after the Sampson inquiry, told Sky News: "The commitment to the Rooney Rule is about bringing to life our ambition to make the people that run football and manage football, they should look - in mine and the FA's view - more like the people that play football today".

"We are there to set an example", said Glenn.

According to research carried out late a year ago by the Sports People's Think Tank (SPTT), 22 of 482 senior coaching roles across the top four divisions were held by BAME coaches on 1 September.

"I think in talking to people at the Premier League and the FA, I don't see any resistance to it and to be fair the EFL has a Rooney rule in place". Our grievance and whistleblowing procedures are common across men's and women's teams. There is no quota or preference given to minorities in the hiring of candidates. "This will ensure that at least one BAME candidate will be interviewed for every role as long as such a candidate has applied and meets the recruitment criteria".

Senior executives at the FA apologised to England women's players Eni Aluko and Drew Spence and admitted serious failings within the organisation in front of a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee previous year.

Glenn insisted Ashworth remains head of the FA's technical division but that his focus should be on assisting England manager Gareth Southgate with World Cup preparations while "cultural changes" are made across the women's game.

'It's recognising that there are significant differences in women's elite sport and men's, and one of the things that really caught us out in the case of Eni Aluko was that we were slow to realise that; because effectively the women's team are like employees of the FA because of the contracts'.

The FA announced a series of initiatives on Tuesday aimed to improve the culture at the governing body in 2018, while increasing funding per year by £57m.

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