What is the Rooney Rule? FA will use this when appointing future England managers


What is the Rooney Rule? FA will use this when appointing future England managers
The ‘Rooney Rule’ will be in force for future England coaching appointments (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

The Football Association said that it will implement the ‘Rooney Rule’ when selecting future coaching roles within the England set-up.

The ‘Rooney Rule’ was first introduced 15 years ago in the NFL, and the FA hope that this will help the organisation become a more inclusive workplace for all diversities.

The FA has come under criticism after research showed that showed 22 of 482 roles across England’s top-four leagues were filled by coaches from BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) backgrounds.

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

English Football League clubs introduced their own version of the ‘Rooney Rule’ on 1 January but the measure has been applied to roles in their academies since June.

The initiative will be applied to back-room staff as well as head coaches, FA Chief Executive, Martin Glenn confirmed.

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.

What is the Rooney Rule?

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.

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

The NFL has faced criticism for its lack of BAME coaches as around 70 per cent of players are African-American.

What is the Rooney Rule? FA will use this when appointing future England managers
Dan Rooney was credited with spearheading a requirement that NFL teams with head coach and general manager vacancies interview at least one minority candidate (Picture: Getty Images)

The sacking of Dungy and Green meant there were just two black and ethnic minorities (BAME) head coaches in the NFL.

The then Pittsburgh Steelers president Rooney, helped to launch the proposal and as of 2018, the number of BAME head coaches in the NFL is now at a record high.

Now, the Football Association will interview at least one applicant from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background for future roles in the England set-up.

Chief executive Martin Glenn said the move showed the ‘FA is for all’.

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‘The FA wants to become a more inclusive organisation where the workforce more represents the people who play football today,’ Glenn said.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he added: ‘What it will say is the opportunity to have a career beyond playing is something that the FA is serious about promoting.’

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