THE FA are to step up their inclusive initiative by making it mandatory for all England teams to have a black, Asian and ethnic minority coach in their set ups, according to reports.
The Times cliam the FA have even approached England Senior team boss Gareth Southgate about adding a BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) coach to his backroom staff for this summer’s World Cup.
However, Southgate is reluctant to make any changes to his team after a successful qualifying campaign with less than 100 days until the tournament kicks off.
The Three Lions boss supports the idea that goes a step further than the “Rooney Rule” and would be happy to take on a new BAME coach if the right person is available.
The FA rolled out their version of the “Rooney Rule” in January.
They have made a commitment to interview at least one BAME candidate for all England roles with immediate effect, as long as the applicant has the relevant qualifications.
The FA are determined to make their coaching staff across the board more diverse and help inspire the next generation of aspiring coaches from all backgrounds.
Southend manager Chris Powell who has five England caps has been earmarked as possible addition to Southgate’s staff next season for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.
The FA have put together a list of male and females with the required qualifications and are looking to announce a number of new appointments within the next few months.
In collaboration with the Professional Footballers’ Association, the FA have been looking to improve opportunities for BAME coaches.
Only eight of the 92 league clubs have BAME managers, and 22 of 482 coaching roles at those clubs are filled by coaches from a BAME background.
The proposal for 28 new coaches to be assigned to national teams is due to be ratified by the FA Board in the next two months.
My View - Warren Haughton
Yet again the FA have taken the lead going a step further than their own adaptation of the “Rooney Rule” earlier this year.
And anyone who has problem with the guardians of the game addressing the huge inequalities and blatant racism when it comes to recruitment of managers and coaches, one question.
Why would you have a problem with this?
Over a third of footballers in England’s top four divisions are from BAME backgrounds and just 22 of 482 coaching roles are held by BAME coaches.
The pressure to change the unjust recruitment system has been gathering pace for years and now cracks in the glass ceiling are starting to appear.
Darren Moore, West Bromwich Albion’s first-team coach, Jason Euell, Charlton Athletic’s under-23 coach, and Chris Ramsey, Queens Park Rangers’ technical director, are among a group of coaches with the Uefa A Licence being considered for roles with one of England’s junior teams.
And former England forward Rachel Yankey is studying for her A Licence and could be given an opportunity to work with one of the women’s teams.
Kevin Betsy, the former Barnsley striker, has been England’s under-15 coach since 2016 and has also been used by Aidy Boothroyd, the under-21 manager.