Former Women's Coach Mark Sampson Considering Legal Case Against FA
Mark Sampson is "considering bringing a wrongful dismissal case against the FA after his sudden sacking" as England women’s head coach last Wednesday, according to Hughes & Ziegler of the LONDON TIMES. The FA’s board will meet on Monday "for talks on the Sampson crisis and will have to face the prospect of a legal claim." Sampson is understood to "feel aggrieved" at losing his job over personal matters that led to him being cleared as "suitable for the post" after an investigation by the FA’s Safeguarding Unit two years ago, and as a result "believes that he has a strong legal case." He "fears that his career in football is effectively over" at the age of 34 after he was sacked for what the FA described in a statement on Wednesday as “inappropriate and unacceptable” behavior with female players in his previous role as coach of Bristol Academy. The Welshman is considering legal action "in the hope of obtaining compensation and rehabilitating his reputation" (LONDON TIMES, 9/23).
'AMAZING JOB': The PA reported FA Women's Football Head Sue Campbell has "given her backing" to FA CEO Martin Glenn over the sacking of Sampson. Glenn and FA Chair Greg Clarke are "under fierce scrutiny over why it took so long to sack the 34-year-old" in relation to allegations which were first reported to the FA in '14. FA execs will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee next month "to face questions about the matter." But Campbell insisted Glenn, who was appointed CEO in March '15, "should not lose his job." She said, "We at the FA have lessons to learn but I believe Martin is doing an amazing job turning round a super tanker. He is an outstanding chief executive and he has handled this with complete integrity in terms of the process. This has not been comfortable for anybody, we need to respect there is some human pain in all this for everybody. It’s a tough situation" (PA, 9/24).