England’s FA is aiming to support greater inclusion by looking at ethnic minorities in the future when they will be considering the next man for the top managerial job. According to online sportsbook news, FA’s chief Martin Glenn commented that the English FA plays a big role in social responsibility, as they’re looking to “set an example” that goes beyond just football, but promotes positive initiatives that can have the power to bring people close together.
The Rooney Rule helps include minorities
“We are there to set an example. 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. I think in talking to people at the Premier League and the FA, I don’t see any resistance to it and to be fair the EFL has a Rooney rule in place,” stressed Glenn.
The Rooney Rule was named after the late Dan Rooney – who was the owner of popular NFL team the Pittsburgh Steelers – which stipulates that at least one member of an ethnic minority be interviewed for a managerial vacancy in sports. This first gained traction in the NFL and then it became widespread across all major sports in the US.
The FA plans to use the same requirement on all levels of the football pyramid in England, although currently only five BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic) coaches can be found across the 92 clubs present in the pyramid. There’s only one BAME manager in the Premier League, and that’s Chris Hughton who’s in charge of Brighton & Hove Albion.
In addition to making the Rooney Rule top priority, Glenn also expressed the FA’s intent to further increase funding for grassroots football, as many in the football world believe this to be the key factor in building long-term success.
What are England’s chances at the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia?
Dan Rooney is credited with creating the Rooney Rule that helps include ethnic minorities in sports (source: NY Times)
In the qualifications for the 2018 World Cup, the Three Lions managed to go undefeated by winning 8 games and recording only 2 draws in the process. This saw them finish top of Group F with an impressive 26 points, despite going through controversy in the beginning of the qualifiers that arose from Sam Allardyce’s malpractice allegations.
Providers of internet betting in UK give higher odds to other nations to lift the World Cup with England’s odds being (17/1) 18.00 with Unibet Sportsbook, so you might want to consider placing an outright bet on them to win football’s most prestigious competition.
Currently, Brazil and Germany are equal favourites for the tournament 19/4 (5.75) – it would be their sixth and fifth World Cup titles respectively, if any of them won this upcoming summer. France are second favourites 11/2 (6.50) for the title, while Spain 7/1 (8.00), Argentina 9/1 (10.00) and Belgium 11/1 (12.00) are heavy underdogs.
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