FA equality chief: New chairman to be picked from 'diverse pool'

Greg Clarke’s replacement as FA chairman to be picked from ‘diverse pool’ with England players keen to make sure football is more reflective of society

  • The FA are currently looking for Greg Clarke’s replacement as chairman
  • FA equality director Edleen John says the process will follow the right standards
  • The FA boardroom is currently dominated by white, middle-aged men
  • John has also spoken to the England squad about reflecting society in football 

The Football Association’s next chairman will be selected from a ‘diverse pool of candidates’, an equality executive has confirmed.

The FA are planning to publicly disclose details of their recruitment in the coming days to ensure the process is transparent.

Their boardroom is dominated by white, middle-aged men but in an interview with Sportsmail, Edleen John, equality and inclusion director at the FA, insists the search for a new chairman will adhere to high equal opportunity standards.

The FA’s search for Greg Clarke’s replacement will adhere to high equal opportunity standards

FA equality director Edleen John spoke to the England squad about how they reflect society

She said: ‘The process is going to be an open one where we’re sourcing from a diverse pool of candidates because that’s important.’

John also revealed that she has held forthright discussions with members of the England squad and she believes they are committed to ensuring football is more reflective of society.

‘There’s a genuine passion from the players,’ said John. 

‘They recognise that they are role models and are looking at what more they can do. It has been really heartwarming to see.’

John says it is ‘heartwarming’ how well the players are reacting to helping the chairman issue




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