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Mark Sampson Sacked As England Women Head Coach.

Postby TopCat CCFC » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:16 pm

Mark Sampson sacked as England women head coach

Mark Sampson has been sacked as England Women head coach, Sky Sports News understand.

Sampson presided over his last match as England manager on Tuesday night, with the Lionesses strolling to a 6-0 win over Russia in a World Cup Qualifier at Tranmere's Prenton Park.

The 34-year-old has been at the centre of discrimination allegations made by Chelsea Ladies and England striker Eniola Aluko. Sampson denied the allegations and was cleared by an internal FA review and an independent investigation led by barrister Katharine Newton QC.
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Re: Mark Sampson Sacked As England Women Head Coach.

Postby nubbsy » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:59 am

Why was he accused of discrimination?
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Re: Mark Sampson Sacked As England Women Head Coach.

Postby Wolfpac » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:37 am

Are the rumours true he was sleeping with 3 teenage Wurzel academy girls ???
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Re: Mark Sampson Sacked As England Women Head Coach.

Postby nubbsy » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:12 pm

Wolfpac wrote:Are the rumours true he was sleeping with 3 teenage Wurzel academy girls ???


How else is he going to see if they're good enough for the first team?
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Re: Mark Sampson Sacked As England Women Head Coach.

Postby SwampCCFC » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:35 pm

he comes across as arrogant, so he has no sympathy from me. he clearly lied about his 'ebola' comment made to aluko, which was inappropriate, but not racist. he then froze her out, which is probably the equivalent of england leaving harry kane out.

the FA has found out about his previous misconduct and decided enough is enough. they are a very PC organisation and you have to fit in with that, which he clearly doesnt.
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Re: Mark Sampson Sacked As England Women Head Coach.

Postby dogfound » Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:14 pm

nubbsy wrote:Why was he accused of discrimination?



the bottom line is the FA held an investigation of his behaviour at BCFC in 2013...and found no safeguarding issues...then employed him...then this discrimination thing comes out...he is cleared again...only the prss wont let it go..
so now they have reverted to the 2013 investigation..now say there were issues regarding boundaries between a coach and players and think there is an incompatability for him to work at the FA.

quote by chief exec of FA....mark sampson is absolutely clear to work as a coach in football
they also paid up his contract.
this is the FA attempting to get the press of their case..
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Re: Mark Sampson Sacked As England Women Head Coach.

Postby mugsy » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:37 pm

He was texting Malky apparently :lol:
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Re: Mark Sampson Sacked As England Women Head Coach.

Postby griff105 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:43 pm

The BBC have started calling him Welshman Mark Samson. :D
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Re: Mark Sampson Sacked As England Women Head Coach.

Postby dogfound » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:16 pm

griff105 wrote:The BBC have started calling him Welshman Mark Samson. :D



i noticed...hardly a mention of his nationality for 4 years, then he is Welsh twice in the first sentence after he gets sacked.
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Re: Mark Sampson Sacked As England Women Head Coach.

Postby Gaynor Straight » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:41 pm

Makes you wonder what checks the FA did before they employed him. Makes them look sillier now for employing him in the first place.
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Re: Mark Sampson Sacked As England Women Head Coach.

Postby dogfound » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:50 pm

Gaynor Straight wrote:Makes you wonder what checks the FA did before they employed him. Makes them look sillier now for employing him in the first place.



they paid him up..and say he is absolutely clear to work as a coach.???? suggests there is nothing in the investigation where he has broken rules or laws...bit like big Sam.
its all a bit of a mess..
think this is going to run a while in the press.
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Re: Mark Sampson Sacked As England Women Head Coach.

Postby TopCat CCFC » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:22 pm

Embarrassment for FA as Glenn contradicts lawyers about Sampson investigation
• Chief executive says a black woman was deliberately chosen
• FA lawyers had already sent letter to Guardian saying this was ‘plainly false’

Martin Glenn, the Football Association’s heavily criticised chief executive, faces further embarrassment after admitting the organisation deliberately chose a black woman to investigate the Mark Sampson race allegations – without apparently realising the FA’s lawyers had already sent a letter to the Guardian warning such a claim was “plainly false”.

Glenn, one of the executives most under scrutiny after Sampson’s sudden sacking on Wednesday, promised he would offer a personal apology to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence if the controversial and reopened independent inquiry found that the now‑deposed England women’s manager had made racial comments to the two players.

However, Glenn also went on to say he had made it a condition to have a woman who is not white in charge of the inquiry, without appearing to realise that the FA’s solicitors, Farrer & Co, had written to the Guardian on 25 August to say that any suggestion that it had deliberately chosen a black woman would be inaccurate and construed as a personal attack. “That suggestion is plainly false and categorically rejected,” it read.

In an even more strongly worded letter, the same legal firm followed that up on Thursday by saying that the colour of Katharine Newton’s skin had been “utterly irrelevant” in the selection process and only an issue for those who did not understand, or wished to undermine, the investigation.
Yet the FA’s inability to get its stories straight resurfaced when Glenn agreed to face the Guardian’s questions about the criticisms of the initial internal review – carried out by the FA’s technical director, Dan Ashworth, and the human resources director, Rachel Brace – in the face of criticism from the Professional Footballers’ Association that it was “not a genuine search for the truth” and “a sham which was not designed to establish the truth but intended to protect Mark Sampson.

Glenn defended his colleagues but admitted he was still not fully satisfied at the end of the initial review and said he had brought in Newton – whom he referred to as “Kate” – because he had decided the second investigation could not be overseen by a white person.

“I wasn’t certain that two white people [Ashworth and Brace] – two middle-aged‑ish white people – doing the inquiry may have seen some of the shades of the issue that Eni was trying to get at. So, quite deliberately, I said: ‘I want an independent look at this and, to be blunt about it, I want it to be an employment expert, I want it to be female and I’d like it to be of a different ethnicity to us,’ in case we were missing things and in case the way we had done the inquiry may not have made people of a different ethnicity comfortable to speak up.”

That, according to Glenn, was “above and beyond what normally would have been done. I feel good about doing that. You can pick holes but I’m not going to get into a ‘he said, she said’ about why some things were raised. You can deal only with complaints that get raised, not total hearsay. It was a full investigation.”
Glenn and his top-level colleagues, in particular Ashworth and the chairman, Greg Clarke, are under scrutiny after Sampson’s dismissal and being forced to admit they had never fully looked into the safeguarding investigation surrounding a complaint about his behaviour and relationship with players at Bristol Academy, his previous job.

With the FA still under pressure to resolve the escalating story involving Aluko and Spence, Newton’s investigation has led to criticism from, among others, Kick It Out, the PFA and Women in Football. Glenn, however, appeared to indicate that Spence was at fault for not coming forward earlier. “If someone has had something said to them, the thing you would expect them to do is raise a complaint. The specifics of that complaint could then be dealt with. If you worked your whole life on hearsay, you’d never be able to run a classroom let alone the Football Association.”

Spence, then 22 and on her first England camp, chose not to make a complaint about an alleged incident at the China Cup in 2015 because she feared it would end her international career almost before it had begun.
Instead, it was Aluko who raised it with the authorities. Yet, over two inquiries, Spence was never asked to corroborate whether it was true that Sampson had upset her, a mixed-race player, by asking how many times she had been arrested. Newton did not interview any of the other players who were present but has agreed to meet Spence on Friday after the player submitted a statement backing Aluko’s version of events.

Aluko alleges separately that Sampson told her to be careful her Nigerian relatives did not bring Ebola to a game at Wembley. Sampson has always denied all the claims, and continues to do so, but Newton is now under considerable pressure to interview the three players – Jill Scott, Jo Potter and Izzy Christiansen – who were in the relevant meeting with Spence.

“It could very well be the case that Mark said some crass things,” Glenn said. “I don’t know, you won’t know and I suspect no one will know. If it’s true that he has made inappropriate comments to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence I will apologise. He doesn’t need to – but I will apologise on behalf of the FA because we don’t operate the ship like that.
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Re: Mark Sampson Sacked As England Women Head Coach.

Postby TopCat CCFC » Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:15 pm

The Football Association was warned about employing England women's manager Mark Sampson before he got the job, it has been claimed.

Sampson was sacked on Wednesday after evidence emerged of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour with female players in a previous role.

The Women in Football group says questions over suitability were raised during his recruitment process.

It comes as the FA faces heavy criticism of its handling of the case.

Players 'knew of rumours'

The FA says directors Kelly Simmons and Dan Ashworth, who were involved in Sampson's recruitment, were not aware of any allegations before hiring him, but BBC Sport understands England players were aware of rumours.

Former director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking and ex-head of communications Adrian Bevington, who also took part in the process, have declined to comment.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said it was only last week that he read the full report which detailed safeguarding allegations made against Sampson in 2014 relating to his time as Bristol Academy manager.

A 2015 FA assessment found Sampson, who was appointed England boss in December 2013, did not pose a risk.

The 34-year-old Welshman was also cleared this year of wrongdoing following discrimination allegations made by England players, including Chelsea and England striker Eniola Aluko.
Women in Football said it understood questions over Sampson's suitability for the role were brought to the attention of the FA during the recruitment process in 2013.

The support network for women working in the professional game also highlighted Sampson being given training and mentoring following the safeguarding allegations.

"It is unfathomable that an England manager could be sent on a course to emphasise the appropriate boundaries between coach and player, as a direct result of a safeguarding investigation, and not be subject to any sort of due diligence," it said.

Glenn, who took up his position with the FA in May 2015, was questioned by the BBC on Wednesday as to whether Sampson had been asked to declare at his interview whether anything embarrassing could emerge about his past.

He replied: "What we understand from the files is you tick a box, is there anything that needs to be known? That was ticked 'no'. References were taken about his time at Bristol which were positive."

The BBC understands Glenn retains the full support of the FA board.
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