Deeney hopes his 'bullish approach' will improve football's diversity

‘Hopefully my bullish approach might get things a bit more through the door’: Watford captain Troy Deeney determined to improve diversity in football dugouts and boardrooms after being handed FA role and says game ‘has lots of things to work on’

  • Troy Deeney has revealed delight at being appointed to the FA’s Steering Group
  • The Watford captain will help to develop the Football Leadership Diversity Code
  • Deeney says change will happen slowly but wants to try and accelerate progress 

Troy Deeney says he hopes his ‘bullish approach’ will help to improve diversity within football after the Watford captain was appointed to the FA’s Steering Group.

Deeney’s role will involve him helping to develop the Football Leadership Diversity Code as part of a newly formed group.

The striker has been vocal in his condemnation of racial issues within football and now wants to use his role to improve black representation in football dugouts and in senior roles within clubs and governing bodies.

Troy Deeney says he’s hopeful his ‘bullish approach’ will change football’s diversity problem

Deeney has been appointed to the FA’s Steering Group to develop the game’s diversity code

The aim of the group is to improve black representation in dugouts and senior football roles

The FA’s Steering Group was formed last month and aims to provide a firm commitment for diversity and inclusion in boardrooms, senior administration and coaching – with grassroots, semi-professional and elite clubs able to sign up to it.

‘I’m thankful enough that I’m on Premier League boards now, and FA boards to talk and affect change,’ he told BEIN Sports. ‘But it’s a long process. It’s short term goals, midterm and long-term goals, is the way it will work.’

He added: ”Hopefully my bullish approach might get things a bit more through the door, but you know, I’m not going to sit here and say I’m not willing to put myself on the line and try and push the needle forward. We’ve got a lot of things we need to work on.’ 

Deeney says he wants to see black people selected on panels reviewing racist incidents

Crystal Palace chief Steve Parrish is part of the group which aims to deliver code by October

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parrish and Totteham’s executive director, Donna Cullen, have also been appointed to the group and, along with Deeney, are putting together a code which they aim to promote from October.

Once in place, the hope is that the numbers of black people considered for or appointed to managerial roles or senior positions within football clubs will gradually improve.

Deeney also hopes that having black representation on panels reviewing racist incidents will result in tougher punishments for those guilty of abuse.  

‘Legislation, simple things (need to change), if there’s a disciplinary in regards to racism, to have people of colour on the board to sit in – simple things that you know, people might go ‘Well why shouldn’t that happen?”

 

 

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