The Football League Paper - - IAN RIDLEY -

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

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