Rooney Rule: Back our Open Goal campaign to encourage more ethnic minority managers in England
Published 22:30 08/09/11 By MirrorFootball
The Mirror and MirrorFootball today launches its Open Goal campaign, urging the game to mimic American Football’s Rooney Rule. This makes it compulsory for at least one ethnic minority candidate to be interviewed when a head coach post is vacant. The club still chooses a preferred candidate, but everyone gets a chance to impress.
Here are the six steps needed to ensure English football attracts a higher proportion of ethnic minority managers. And below you'll find links to a wealth of Rooney Rule opinions that show exactly why this change is needed.
Players to take coaching badges believing they will get a chance to use it
Chairmen and boards throughout the football pyramid to give black former players the same opportunities as their white counter-parts
The FA to adopy a British version of the Rooney Rule, meaning enthic minority candidates are always interviewed for vacant jobs, but it does not oblige clubs to employ them.
The FA to take a lead, appointing black coaches to the England senior and under-21 managerial staff.
Just because a manager fails once, that doesn’t mean he is not up to the task. Plenty of big-name bosses, from Bobby Robson onwards, flopped in their first jobs but learned and improved.
League Manager’s Association to circulate names of potential candidates when vacancies occur
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