The head of women’s football, Baroness Sue Campbell, has backed FA chief executive Martin Glenn after England manager Mark Sampson was sacked.
In an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, Baroness Campbell said she thinks Martin Glenn shouldn’t lose his job over the incident, reports the Evening Standard.
“I am 100 per cent hopeful no one will lose their job because I don’t think anyone deserves to. I believe we are doing a good job at the FA. There are lessons to be learned but I am sure Martin will ensure we learn those lessons and nothing of this nature happens again in the future.”
Mark Sampson was sacked as manager of the England women after evidence reportedly emerged of “inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour with female players in a previous role”, according to BBC Sport.
The BBC also reported that allegations were made against Sampson in 2014 about his behaviour in charge of Bristol Academy. In 2015, the FA ruled that despite the allegations he didn’t pose a risk, but now the Football Association state that the full details were only revealed to them last week, at which point they sacked Sampson.
The Evening Standard say questions are being asked over why Sampson has just now been sacked, despite the allegations emerging in 2014, and that FA executives will appear before a committee next month to face questions about the matter.
The FA are reportedly planning to hire an interim manager for the next three matches, with the aim to have a full-time manager in place by 2018, according to Campbell.
The team is in good form at the moment, having just beaten Russia 6-0, with a couple of Arsenal players getting on the scoresheet, so the aim should be to continue that form under the new manager.