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FA 'refusing to address lack of black coaches'

The Black Footballers Partnership has accused English football of refusing to address the under-representation of black coaches in the game, saying the FA’s Football Leadership Diversity Code has failed.

The FLDC was introduced in 2020, but three years later, the BFP has commissioned its own report which suggests targets have been repeatedly missed for black former players to progress into football coaching and management.

The BFP study was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of HMT Windrush arriving in the UK, with workers from the West Indies coming to help re-build infrastructure destroyed by the Second World War.

And the new report says the efforts to get more black players into senior positions in football have been "too few, too little, too late".

The FA's Football Leadership Diversity Code sets targets for all football clubs, whereby 25 per cent of all new coaching hires and 10 per cent of senior coaching hires are from black, Asian or mixed heritage backgrounds.                                             The new report shows only 10 of the 92 professional clubs in England are meeting that criteria

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