FA to adopt Rooney Rule in appointing future England managers

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

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Martin Glenn, CEO of the English FA Source: Getty Images

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said on Wednesday (AEDT) that a BAME candidate would be interviewed for all England coaching jobs in the future as part of plans aimed at improving inclusivity within English football's governing body.

Glenn told the BBC that the decision sent out a message that the "FA is for all".

"The Rooney rule is to make sure that, provided the candidate has the right level of technical qualifications, (is) on the shortlist for the England manager's job in the future (where) there will be one candidate from a BAME background," Glenn said.

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"What we're seeing now is more BAME players and what we want to do is make sure that post their playing career there's an opportunity for them to carry on contributing and that they feel the FA is also for them."

"What it will say is the opportunity to have a career beyond playing is something that the FA is serious about promoting."

The Rooney Rule, named after former NFL diversity committee and Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, was introduced in the NFL in 2003 and obliged clubs to interview at least one minority candidate for every senior head coach role.

Glenn also said the FA would make it easier for players and staff to air grievances and that he intended to oversee attempts to change the culture around the England women's team following allegations of race discrimination by Eniola Aluko.

The FA issued a public apology in October to Aluko and her fellow England women's international Drew Spence after comments deemed "discriminatory on grounds of race" were made to them by the team's former coach Mark Sampson.

That incident led to a British government hearing in which Glenn and FA chairman Greg Clarke were questioned about the FA’s culture.

Chris Hughton of Brighton and Hove Albion is the only black manager currently in charge of a Premier League team.




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Published 10 January 2018 at 8:36am
Source: Reuters