FA Board Backs CEO Martin Glenn Over Handling Of Mark Sampson's Dismissal
FA CEO Martin Glenn has been "given a vote of confidence by the board for his handling of Mark Sampson's dismissal" as England's women's national team manager, according to Matt Slater of the PA. The board met at Wembley on Monday for the "first time since the furore surrounding Sampson arose" and the matter was "discussed at length." The FA said, "A number of questions were raised around the historic processes which the board has asked the executive to look into further with the appropriate external legal support. The board is confident that, consistent with the substantial positive change under the leadership of (chairman) Greg Clarke and Martin Glenn, the right procedures are in place to prevent a similar issue arising now or in the future." Sampson was sacked last Wednesday for "inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour" in his previous role as manager of Bristol Academy (PA, 9/25).
INVITATIONS ACCEPTED: In London, Jason Burt reported footballers Eniola Aluko and Lianne Sanderson will give evidence to the investigation by MPs into the allegations of racism and bullying made against Sampson. The pair "accepted the invitations extended to them" by the Select Committee for Culture, Media & Sport which will also question FA execs at next month's hearing. Among those "under scrutiny" is Glenn. FA Technical Dir Dan Ashworth is "also in the spotlight over the role he played in Sampson's appointment and his tenure with England" (TELEGRAPH, 9/25).