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2020 06 14 Retrieve

[The Sunday Supplement panel say the EFL’s current Rooney Rule must be strengthened and a similar scheme used at boardroom levels through the Premier League to increase BAME representation] I think the Rooney Rule really has to be looked at and strengthened. It’s effectively a policy which is completely optional. It is something that is used if there is an interview process. There’s nothing to stop a club not having an interview process, and a chairman just appointing his best mate if he wants to. The Rooney Rule should really be implanted properly across all 91 clubs and then also to have transparency, to have data to show who you’ve interviewed. The FA have had a very positive policy recently in having a BAME coach in every single age group for England, from U15s to Gareth Southgate’s senior squad. I don’t see why that can’t be implemented for the 20 teams in the Premier League and possibly Championship. I don’t think it would be a financial problem for that to happen. There are only 32 BAME coaches with the UEFA A licence. The LMA have said themselves they want coaches fast tracked for this qualification, to have more black coaches would mean a greater chance of getting a job. So that’s absolutely vital as well - and could happen very easily.

2020 06 14b Retrieve

[The Supplement panel discussed how the lockdown period will have given teams ample time to analyse other teams and their own tactics] It’s going to be really interesting in terms of fitness levels, but also in terms of momentum; have they used the time to look at other teams? Analysts have had nothing to do but look at other teams in the past three months. For example, Sheffield United had been on fine form, have teams looked at them and figured out how to beat them? Figured out how Newcastle beat them at Bramall Lane? Will they use that blueprint? And on the flip side, Chris Wilder will have his team as fit as anyone; will he come up with a different game plan to surprise us for the second time in one season? I think the coaches themselves have had a long time to think about it. If you’ve had a good mini pre-season, it could really separate the best teams from the rest

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Why Rooney Rule is important] I think the Rooney Rule really has to be looked at and strengthened. It’s effectively a policy which is completely optional. It is something that is used if there is an interview process. There’s nothing to stop a club not having an interview process, and a chairman just appointing his best mate if he wants to. The Rooney Rule should really be implanted properly across all 91 clubs and then also to have transparency, to have data to show who you’ve interviewed