England to use "Rooney Rule" for future appointments

Chief executive Martin Glenn also urged the Premier League to follow suit
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Chief executive Martin Glenn also urged the Premier League to follow suit Credit PA

"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", chief executive Martin Glenn told Sky Sports News, confirming it will be applied to the selection process for England's next manager.

"Now our grievance and whistle-blowing procedures are common across men's and women's teams". There are now seven, but four teams have head coaching vacancies.

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 striker Eni Aluko using a mock Caribbean accent.

There are now just five BAME coaches across the 92 English Football League clubs but Glenn said he hoped the rule would have a trickle-down effect.

Glenn hopes the FA are setting an example with the Rooney Rule others will follow, even if it was only last month that the Football League revealed plans to pilot such a scheme.

"I think the Rooney Rule on its own isn't enough", said Glenn.

The FA's desire to ensure the England management is more diverse following a damaging row around the women's team. "Talking to people at the Premier League and the FA, I don't see any resistance to it".

The changes come in response to a crisis that erupted in the wake of Aluko's allegations and concluded with the dismissal of Sampson.

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Selected fixtures involving Premier League teams. There is no quota or preference given to minorities in the hiring of candidates.

Glenn, who has admitted the FA is too male, white and old, insisted a series of new initiatives and investments announced yesterday aimed at increasing grassroots funding and boosting diversity would have a "significant impact" on both the organisation itself and English football.

Senior executives at the FA apologised to England women's players Eni Aluko and Drew Spence and admitted serious failings within the organisation in front of a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee past year. It's about improving performance by making the England players feel like the set-up is more inclusive'.

But what did he mean when he suggested women had a lower tolerance for "banter"?

FA Cup prize money will double and there will be £9m more a year spent on grassroots facilities, nearly £6m more for grassroots participation activities, and £50m extra for the women's game.

Its origins can be first traced to 2002 when Tony Dungy and Dennis Green were fired as coaches of National Football League teams the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings.

"But it is fair to say there are probably some differences in what they would expect to hear or say".

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