Rooney Rule in national team jobs

Rooney Rule in national team jobs

'We are also quite a big employer with 28 England teams now, if you include men's, women's and disability.

When a successor to Gareth Southgate is eventually required, at least one black or ethnic minority candidate is set to be interviewed.

Asked about the process to select the next England men's manager after Southgate, chief executive Martin Glenn said: "It will absolutely apply".

The FA will use the "Rooney Rule" to decide on the next England manager when current boss Gareth Southgate leaves the post.

The Rooney Rule, which has nothing to do with former England captain Wayne Rooney, was established in 2003 in the United States requiring National Football League teams to interview minority candidates for high-level coaching positions. There are now seven, but four teams have head coaching vacancies.

The FA's push to foster greater diversity follows a damaging row past year around the women's team involving allegations of racism and sex discrimination by striker Eni Aluko, which led to a parliamentary hearing.

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

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Asked about the review of the culture surrounding the England women's team, Glenn added: "I think culturally what women will be prepared to put up with has been a bit different from guys".

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. It's about improving performance by making the England players feel like the set-up is more inclusive'.

The Football Association have introduced a "Rooney Rule" that means at least one candidate from an ethnic minority background will be interviewed when the next England manager is appointed.

'The FA wants to become a more inclusive organisation where the workforce more represents the people who play football today, ' Glenn said. Brighton manager Chris Hughton is the only non-white head coach in the Premier League.

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

The rule is named after the late Dan Rooney, former owner of American football's Pittsburgh Steelers, and was adopted across the NFL before spreading to sports around the world.

"I think the Rooney Rule on its own isn't enough", said Glenn. All the other programmes about building the pipeline of talented young BAME coaches is also important at the same time.

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