Mark Sampson to leave role as England Women's manager

Ross Houston
September 20, 2017

Two investigations cleared Sampson but the matter is to be re-opened with senior FA executives to face a parliamentary inquiry over their handling of the matter.

"In 2014, safeguarding allegations were made against him about his time with Bristol Academy". The FA said that a "safeguarding assessment" in 2015 determined that Sampson "did not pose a risk working in the game".

The statement went on to say that the full report came to the organization's attention last week and that it is now their judgement that it "revealed clear evidence of inappropriate and unacceptable behavior by a coach".

Mark Sampson is reportedly expected to leave his role as England Women manager after he was hit with fresh allegations about his behaviour.


The FA has been keen to stress its decision is not in relation to allegations made against Sampson by Chelsea Ladies and England striker Eniola Aluko.

Sampson was named Lionesses boss in December 2013 and has led the team to unprecedented success, including a semi-final spot at the 2015 World Cup. The club declined to comment.

He said no laws had been broken. "We felt during his time at Bristol, Mark had overstepped the professional boundaries between player and coach".

And it was the impressive Duggan who made it a more accurate reflection of the scoreline with two goals after the break, the first a composed finish after great play down the right between Kirby and Bronze, the second a simple finish after a awful mistake at the back.


"We know that coaches are in a potential position of power and that position mustn't be abused", said FA chairman Greg Clarke, who was appointed in 2016.

The FA Board then agreed with Glenn and Clarke during a meeting on Monday that Sampson should be removed from his job.

However, England's players delivered a show of unity, indicating they are firmly behind Sampson, by celebrating the opening goal from Nikita Parris with him during a 6-0 World Cup qualifying win over Russian Federation. "I think he recognizes it needed to be investigated and didn't dispute that". "I can only celebrate on behalf of myself and how I feel in that moment", she said.

Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch said: "This situation is a mess and 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".


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