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Webb: 'Rooney Rule' solution for England

Owners of Premier League clubs must ensure black managers are given a chance to succeed and one solution could be to introduce the NFL's 'Rooney Rule', FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb said yesterday.

A law whereby at least one black or ethnic minority candidate must be interviewed for every head coaching job has been in force in the NFL since 2003 after it was pushed forward by Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney. Carlisle United's Keith Curle and Huddersfield Town's Chris Powell are the only two black managers throughout the 92 professional clubs in England.

"The Rooney Rule has been great," said Webb.

"It has been tremendous, but in this era, in this century, should we really have to mandate opportunities for qualified individuals? Sadly, the answer is yes.

"I don't think FIFA can regulate that. I think it has to come from within."