Football Association adopts 'Rooney Rule' as Martin Glenn outlines 2018 plans

Football Association adopts 'Rooney Rule' as Martin Glenn outlines 2018 plans

FA will interview at least one black or ethnic minority candidate before appointing England managers

The English Football Association has agreed to adopt the so-called Rooney Rule in future, interviewing at least one applicant from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background for future roles in the national team set-up.

In a bid to fix the damage left by the Eni Aluko discrimination storm, Wembley officials have responded with new initiatives created to make the FA "a more inclusive and diverse organisation".

"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. Trying to explain how the FA have improved their whistle-blowing and grievance procedures, Glenn clumsily suggested a distinction needs to be made between men and women when it comes to the kind of "banter" they will tolerate.

The English football Association is emulating the NFL and its Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview a diverse pool of candidates for coaching and management positions.

Former manager Mark Sampson was found to have racially discriminated against two of his players, while goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall left his role after addressing Aluko using a mock Caribbean accent.

It is named after late Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who pushed for its introduction in 2003.

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

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

There has never been a non-white manager of the England men's team, but the women's team was led into the 2007 and 2011 World Cups by Hope Powell, who is black.

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"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", Glenn told Sky Sports News.

The FA says this move will apply to jobs across England teams but BAME applicants will still need to show they meet the relevant recruitment criteria. Chris Hughton at Brighton is the only black manager in the 20-team Premier League.

Glenn said Aluko had been involved with UK Sport in drawing up grievance and whistle-blowing policies for the whole of the FA. We are also quite a big employer as well if you think about the number of 28 England teams now, if you include men's, women's and disability. But I think more subtly we did not have the right climate in place for people to feel they could raise their concerns easily.

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