FA was warned about employing England women's manager

FA was warned about employing England women's manager

FA was warned about employing England women's manager

Sampson, 34, guided the Lionesses to third place in the 2015 Women's World Cup and the semi-final of Euro 2017.

The probe, sparked by allegations made by more than one of his Bristol players, took almost a year to complete, and while Sampson was found fit to remain England's coach, he was ordered to undergo training on "professional boundaries appropriate to a coaching role".

The FA said its current bosses made a decision to terminate his contract after a full report on the claims was brought to their attention last week.

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

"On reading it I immediately shared it with [FA Chairman Greg Clarke] and we were both deeply concerned with the contents of the report". Let's be really clear: no laws were broken.

Despite Sampson being cleared in 2015, FA CEO Martin Glenn, reviewed the report in detail and he decided, along with the FA board, that Sampson had "overstepped the professional boundaries between player and coach". We know that coaches are in a potential position of power and that position mustn't be abused.

It was this belated discovery of what Sampson had been accused of - understood to have been prompted by tip-offs from within the women's game - which led the FA to sack him.

The Times first revealed that warnings about his suitability had been given to the FA before his appointment and this has been confirmed by WiF.

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He was present when Sampson was interviewed for the job but has said he was unaware of any of the allegations from Sampson's time at Bristol.

With Sampson having spent a year defending himself from claims of bullying and racism made by England striker Eni Aluko - he has been cleared by two investigations and strenuously denies any wrongdoing - many involved in football are staggered nobody at the FA would have revisited the safeguarding case sooner. In one instance, which she relayed to the Guardian last month, she said Sampson made a crass comment about her Nigerian relatives before a game against Germany in November 2014.

'Nothing illegal to our knowledge took place, ' Glenn said. It might have been easier to take if it was about me alone.

His contract has been paid up in full by the FA. Aluko, who also is a qualified lawyer, has not played for England since April and served as a television commentator during the tournament.

Brooking, who retired from The FA in June 2014, was part of Sampson's interview process but insists that he had no cause for concern at the time.

After conducting investigations into this allegation, the FA terminated Sampson's contract as England women's manager.

As reported by the Guardian, when Glenn and Chairman Greg Clarke were made aware of its contents last week, they acted swiftly and Glenn told Sampson he was out yesterday afternoon - just hours after he had watched his team beat Russian Federation 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

Collins added: "If you go back to the Aluko concerns, her allegations were not properly investigated".

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