ROONEY RULE HAS TO BE PURSUED
FOOTBALL League chairman Greg Clarke has come under pressure after failing to bring up the ‘Rooney Rule’ at the AGM as he had apparently promised to do, according to PFA chairman Gordon Taylor.
As chairman of a NonLeague club who once interviewed three black managers for the job (of six short-listed) and hired one of them, I am a firm believer in the initiative of insisting on boards interviewing at least one black candidate who is suitably qualified.
I would not be seeking the removal of Mr Clarke, however, as some appear to be. He should instead renew determination to have adopted the rule that began in America’s NFL and has been hugely successful in bringing a new fairness.
Those clubs who decry the rule as an affront to the concept of merit might be pleasantly surprised at the merit of the candidates they have – even if subconsciously – been overlooking. Nigel Clough spoke beautifully about his father on the tenth anniversary of Brian’s death. The Sheffield United manager is clearly something of a chip off the old block, too. He referred to Massimo Cellino as “the gentleman that’s gone in at Leeds now.”
PRESSURE: Greg Clarke