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June 12, 2016

The EFL AGM in Portugal has approved Academy and Recruitment changes.


The Mandatory Academy Code and the Voluntary Recruitment Code initiative have been agreed.

Both codes are attempting to tackle the issue of the under-representation of coaches and managers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethic (BAME) backgrounds.

There have been many advocates of the initiative including Gordon Taylor, Sol Campbell and Clark Carlisle.

There are similarities between the initiative and the ‘Rooney Rule’ used in the NFL in the United States.

Dan Rooney, Pittsburgh Steelers owner and the chairman of the NFL diversity committee and the Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin.

Due to the unanimous nature of the support for the initiative, it will be implemented with immediate effect.

To read the full details of the initiative approved on Friday 10th June 2016:-  CLICK HERE

The Mandatory academy code focuses on providing academy job opportunities for BAME coaches and managers.

Ten Football League clubs have agreed to pilot the Voluntary Recruitment Code for first team positions as well.

In the Championship it is Birmingham City, Fulham, Huddersfield Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In League One it is Chesterfield, Coventry City, Millwall and Peterborough United

In League Two, only Accrington Stanley and Carlisle United have agreed to pilot the initiative.

Piloting clubs will be expected to interview one or more BAME candidate for any First Team managerial/coaching role (where an application has been received) in instances where they run a full recruitment process.

The initiative is interlinked with the wider issue of racism in football.

If successful, the initiative could be implemented across the entire Football League.

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