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The Football Association’s (FA) annual report on compliance with the Diversity Code of Football Governance found that English clubs are not up to the task.

According to Sky Sportsall clubs in the English Premier League (EPL) and 32 teams in the English Football League (Championship) have joined the code, which was introduced in 2020 to improve equality of opportunity and encourage the fight against racial disparities in senior management and coaching staffs.

While the FA, the Premier League and the Championship all performed well and reached seven of last season’s eight targets, signatory clubs have noted a downward trend in, among other things, the number of senior female staff, both black and Asian.

It is noted that only 10.3 per cent of candidates hired for club leadership positions were black, Asian or mixed, below the target of 15 per cent.

In doing so, English football’s three governing bodies have ensured that 38.5 per cent of their recruits are women. Clubs fell below the 30 per cent target again, averaging 17.2 per cent.

A similar trend was observed for coaches hired by clubs, with 15.6 per cent being black, Asian or of mixed ancestry, below the target of 25 per cent.

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