Wayne Rooney appointment as of DC United The manager fined the club over $25,000.
former Manchester United And the England captain recently returned to England after finishing last in DC Eastern ConferenceHe previously spent two seasons with the team as a player in 2018 and 2019.
But when the 37-year-old returned to Washington after his abrupt resignation as manager, Derby Countythe team did not comply major league soccer Diversity Recruitment Policy.
Every team looking for a new head coach should have a ‘finalist pool’ [which] Consisting of at least two applicants from underrepresented groups, at least one candidate must be black or African American, according to rules last amended in December 2021 .
For DC, we met two qualified applicants, but only one was able to be included in the “finalist pool.” MLS fined Rooney’s team $25,000.
“D.C. United relied on a statement made by one of the candidate’s agents that the candidate understood that they were interviewing as a finalist for an open coaching position, but the club said that during the interview, I have learned that the candidate cannot pursue the open position in the statement I read.
“Once the club understood that the candidate was ineligible for the position, the discussion could no longer reasonably be considered a ‘finalist pool’ interview. Therefore, the Club will either select additional candidates from the underrepresented group into the finalist pool or request a waiver from MLS detailing the extenuating circumstances in which it is unable to do so. ”
MLS Needs More Diversity
The information comes just days after it was discovered that the England team had fallen short of the FA’s diversity targets.of Leadership Diversity Code a governing body intended to promote Bame Top-level representatives for national competitions introduced in 2020
Teams have exceeded their diversified hiring targets on only two occasions, coach appointments in both the men’s and women’s games, but clubs have achieved targets in six of the eight categories incorporated into the code. not achieved.
The three governing bodies have exceeded seven of the eight targets this year, according to the report. Mark Bringham, CEO of FA. He added that this change in recruitment procedures will start to change the shape of the game.