Taskforce working on a British version of the Rooney Rule
A landmark bid is underway to bring an adaptation of the Rooney Rule into English football.
Mirror Sport understands a secret taskforce has been set up which aims to “implement new rules governing the appointment of managers”.
They are “looking to base the rules on aspects of the Rooney Rule.”
The Rooney Rule is the directive in American football’s NFL that there has to be at least one black or ethnic minority candidate on the short-list whenever clubs look for a new head coach.
In the last 24 hours, ex-England defender Sol Campbell has hit out at the lack of black managers in this country.
Campbell claimed black former pros were too “scared” of a backlash to speak out.
The proposals are understood to be driven by the Professional Footballers’ Association, who have been working on them for some time.
Key figures within football are expected to give their input on a bid to address one of English football’s biggest problems.
The idea of bringing in an equivalent of the Rooney Rule here has already been met with significant opposition – and could be again.
Among the new proposals up for discussion are: One in every four candidates for a managerial job in this country will have to be black; All managers will be protected by a minimum 12 month stay in the role.
None of the 92 league clubs in England and Wales had a black or ethnic minority manager at the end of last season, following Norwich’s sacking of Chris Hughton.
From Daily Mirror