Premier League and EFL clubs plan to attract more BAME coaches

Premier League and EFL clubs plan to attract more BAME coaches by making recruitment process more transparent

  • FA are looking to increase diversity in boardrooms and positions of leadership
  • The governing body cannot force clubs to change their recruitment process
  • Clubs have held internal discussions about what measures they can introduce 

Premier League and EFL clubs have discussed plans to modernise coaching recruitment by making it more transparent in the hope of attracting more BAME coaches.

This week Paul Elliott, chair of the FA’s inclusion advisory board, wrote a letter detailing the governing body’s aim to increase diversity in boardrooms and positions of leadership, particularly coaching roles.

The FA cannot force clubs to change their recruitment processes, but nevertheless clubs have held internal discussions about what measures they can introduce to help increase diversity within their coaching set-ups.

Premier League and EFL clubs have discussed plans to attract more BAME coaches

Sportsmail understands a number of clubs have already explored procedures which could see certain details about applications and the selection process — including how many candidates are of BAME origin — released publicly.

Which coaching badges a candidate holds could be divulged, although it is acknowledged that naming applicants could be problematic. There could be data protection obstacles, while candidates would have to agree to their names being made public.

A major obstacle encountered by clubs in trying to increase coaching diversity has been the small pool of qualified applicants who are non-white.

But there is a feeling that plans to ensure greater transparency during the recruitment process could encourage more BAME coaches to apply.

The FA are aiming to increase diversity in boardrooms and positions of leadership




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