The FA will reveal that English football clubs have made significant strides but are FAIL to meet diversity targets in senior positions amid concerns over BAME appointments
- The FA to reveal diversity targets have not been met by English clubs
- Next week they will publish their findings for their Leadership Diversity Code
- The code was introduced in 2020 to increase ethnic representation in sport
- There is concern about the lack of BAME appointments to senior positions at clubs
The Football Association is going to reveal that English clubs are not meeting diversity targets within their highest functions, Sportsmail has been informed.
Next week, the FA will release the latest set of findings for their landmark Leadership Diversity Code, introduced in 2020 with a view to increasing ethnic representation at the top of English football.
And for the second year, the FA’s code has produced a mixed set of results.
The key stakeholders of English football, including the Premier League, FA and EFL, have reportedly made significant progress in making their respective workforces more diverse over the past 12 months.
The Football Association will reveal English clubs are not meeting their diversity targets
There are concerns about the number of BAME appointments made in clubs
Another positive is the new coaching appointments, where clubs have also achieved good results.
Creating more diversity within backroom teams within the professional game is seen as hugely important by the FA, given the large number of players who chose to move into coaching after retirement.
Highly respected coaches Paul Nevin and Chris Powell are both part of the England coaching team for next month’s World Cup in Qatar.
Chris Powell (right) will be part of England’s coaching lineup for the upcoming World Cup
However, concerns remain over the number of BAME appointments clubs have made to senior leadership roles since last year’s results were announced.
While there has been an improvement in the number of BAME candidates being interviewed for top administration positions, these discussions are not turning into sufficient appointments.
Paul Nevin will join England in Qatar as one of Gareth Southgate’s assistant coaches
The FA is looking for ways to ensure that BAME candidates seeking leadership positions off the playing field are well-equipped when it comes to the application process.
But while it is recognized that certain areas could be improved, there is a sense that it has ushered in some positive changes in the two years since its launch.