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HUGHTON SUPPORTS BAME PROPOSALS

8 June 2015



Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has praised the Football League for plans aimed at increasing employment opportunities for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) managers and coaches.
 
Football League clubs gave their support to proposals made by chairman Greg Clarke at last week's AGM.

The Football League will now engage in dialogue with clubs and stakeholder organisations with the aim of finalising the proposals in time for a formal vote at the 2016 AGM, ahead of potential implementation in 2016/17.
 
Hughton said, "You have to applaud the Football League. They have listened to an enthusiasm for some sort of change and they have reacted to it.

"There are a lot of black and ethnic minority coaches aspiring to do well and, for whatever percentage there are that have found it more difficult or haven’t seen a real pathway for them, then I think this certainly starts to give them a little bit more encouragement that there could be a pathway.

"One thing that stems from the Rooney rule is that it’s about giving an opportunity. It still states that club officials can appoint the best person they see for the job. That is something that will always happen but, to see a recruitment process that is fair and inclusive, this is a step in the right direction."

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The Football League board has liaised with a number of high-profile organisations, including The FA, Premier League, PFA, Kick it Out and the NFL in drawing up a number of recommendations.
 
These will include making it compulsory for clubs to interview at least one BAME candidate. where an application has been received, for all youth development roles requiring a minimum of a UEFA B licence. 

A target of between 10% and 20% will be set for these positions to be filled by BAME coaches by 2019.
 
Between five and ten clubs will also pilot a 'voluntary recruitment code' in the 2016/17 season to interview at least one candidate for a first-team coaching or managerial position.
 
A 'ready-list' of BAME coaches and players "with the potential and aspiration to coach in professional football" will be created for clubs to use when recruiting for coaching positions.
 
Football League Chairman Clarke said, "I would like to thank our clubs for giving me a mandate to continue this important work. 

"I’m also grateful to Dan Rooney and the NFL, as well as other well informed and intentioned stakeholders for the support they have given us during this review.
 
"It is important that The Football League takes the lead in this area as our 72 clubs will provide the majority of employment opportunities and that football's other stakeholders support our initiative."

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