MARK Sampson was sacked as England’s women’s team coach on Wednesday.
After being cleared of any wrongdoing by the Football Association (FA) against recent allegations of racism, Sampson was stripped of his post following evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour with female players in a previous role as Bristol Academy manager.
FA chief executive Martin Glenn called Sampson to Wembley the morning after his team’s 6-0 World Cup qualifying win over Russia to tell him his conduct while in his previous job at Bristol Academy was “was not what we want from an FA employee”.
The minister for sport, Tracey Crouch, branded the situation a “mess”. She added that “it raises very serious questions about whether the historic processes that the FA had in place around the recruitment of coaches were appropriate, for something like this to have been missed. The FA is right to have taken action but reassurance is needed to make sure this does not happen again at any level of coaching”.