Sunday, 24 June, 2018

England Football Association Adopt "Rooney Rule"

Great Britain women's football head coach Hope Powell Great Britain women's football head coach Hope Powell
Frederick Owens | 12 January, 2018, 17:38

The policy will apply to all jobs within England teams, but BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) applicants will be required to show that they meet certain criteria.

The Rooney Rule, is named after NFL diversity committee chairman Dan Rooney and necessitates that clubs in American football must interview at least one BAME candidate for each head coach or senior football operation vacancy.

It was named after the Pittsburgh Steelers ' legendary owner Dan Rooney, who died past year after successfully implementing the rule as a way of promoting diversity.

The move is aiming to address the lack of BAME coaches now working in the game and comes just months after the fall-out from the Eni Aluko affair, which result in the sacking of England women's manager Mark Sampson.

In a statement yesterday, Glenn said: "The initiatives and investments announced illustrate how committed the FA is to becoming a more inclusive and diverse organisation. These measures address both of those".

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

It comes in the wake of an extremely damaging six months for its image after the Eni Aluko discrimination allegations, which led to a British government hearing where Glenn and FA chairman Greg Clarke were questioned.

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England will implement the "Rooney Rule" when appointing a successor to Gareth Southgate as part of new 2018 reform plans.

"The under-representation of black managers in our leagues is a national embarrassment", wrote columnist Oliver Holt, then of the Daily Mirror, as he called for the Rooney Rule in football.

He also admitted he should have "asked for more detail" with regard to the safeguarding issues raised when Sampson was appointed.

"We look forward to working with the FA and the other authorities to bring about the changes necessary to make the game inclusive for all".

Is the "Rooney Rule" enforced elsewhere in the football world?

"This could have been done four or five years ago", he told BBC Radio 5 live. "Talking to people at the Premier League and the FA, I don't see any resistance to it".

"The word voluntary worries me", Roberts added.

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