sport news FA facing embarrassing scrutiny over whether they used their own Rooney Rule

EXCLUSIVE: FA face embarrassing scrutiny over whether they used their own Rooney Rule in the process of hiring new technical director John McDermott The FA are being asked whether they used their own Rooney Rule in a recent hire The rule ensures at least one applicant from a BAME background is interviewed John McDermott was announced as the FA's new technical director on Tuesday But it is unclear whether the Rooney Rule was followed by the FA in this case

By Matt Hughes For The Daily Mail

Published: 12:19 BST, 7 October 2020 | Updated: 20:48 BST, 7 October 2020

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The FA have been forced to defend their appointment of John McDermott as technical director amid criticism that they failed to fulfil a commitment to apply the Rooney rule after his promotion earlier this week.

Members of the FA's Inclusion and Advisory Board (IAB) have contacted the governing body questioning former Tottenham academy guru McDermott's sudden elevation after fewer than six months as deputy technical director.

The lack of a transparent appointment process was subsequently criticised by QPR technical director Chris Ramsey.

Former Tottenham academy chief John McDermott is the FA's new technical director

Former Tottenham academy chief John McDermott is the FA's new technical director

Les Reed replaced the long-serving Dan Ashworth but will step down as technical director

Les Reed replaced the long-serving Dan Ashworth but will step down as technical director

The FA confirmed in a statement released to Sportsmail on Wednesday that no other candidates were interviewed for the technical director position which Les Reed had held for less than two years, claiming they reserve the right to make internal appointments.

The governing body introduced the Rooney rule — committing to interviewing at least one applicant from a BAME background — for all senior roles two years ago.

Les Ferdinand made the shortlist

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