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FA to adopt Rooney Rule in appointing future England managers

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton looks on during the English FA Cup Third Round match against Crystal Palace at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton England Monday Jan. 8 2018 FA to adopt Rooney Rule in appointing future England managers
Theresa Hayes | 10 January, 2018, 11:03

In an attempt to increase inclusivity in the game, the FA will adopt the so-called Rooney Rule which, in the U.S., requires National Football League teams to interview black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates for head coaching and other senior roles. The team now requires a new coach.

Chief executive Martin Glenn said the organisation is unilaterally introducing the so-called "Rooney Rule" which will now apply to appointing coaches across all age groups, backroom staff and the England manager.

The FA's desire to ensure the England management is more diverse following a damaging row around the women's team.

The rule is named after the late Dan Rooney, former owner of American football team Pittsburgh Steelers and former chairman of the league's diversity committee.

"I think culturally what women will be prepared to put up with has been a bit different from guys", Glenn said.

That followed investigations into claims of discrimination against former head coach Mark Sampson, who was eventually found to have made "discriminatory remarks on the grounds of race" in an independent barrister's final report.

"It is the right thing to do but there is also a business case for it", FA chief executive Martin Glenn said while overlooking the pitch at Wembley Stadium.

They wanted the focus to be on their efforts to combat the fact that there are just five black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) managers employed by the 92 Football League clubs, with only Brighton's Chris Hughton working in the Premier League.

"It's all about improving performance by making the England players feel like the setup is more inclusive", Glenn said.

English Football League clubs agreed to introduce their own version of the "Rooney Rule" from 1 January but the same measure has been applied to roles in their academies since June.

In November, the Sports People's Think Tank said 22 of 482 coaching roles in the top four divisions were held by BAME coaches.

After becoming embroiled in a public row with Aluko, the FA has sought to heal the rifts by consulting the Chelsea player particularly about new whistleblowing procedures.

This move means Dan Ashworth - the FA's director of elite development - is temporarily no longer in charge of non-technical decisions across the women's game. But I think more subtly we did not have the right climate in place for people to feel they could raise their concerns easily.

Kick It Out chair Lord Ouseley added: "I looked to the Football Association to give leadership on the matter of equality, inclusion and cohesion and I now expect those in positions of power across professional football, along with the FA, to drive forward the highest standards of activity in order to achieve these objectives which will benefit everyone who participates in the game".