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Premier League have no Rooney Rule plans despite Raheem Sterling call for more BAME bosses

But Masters indicated that beyond such gestures the Premier League is not about to tell its members how to run its business, hoping instead that changes lower down the league might eventually sift up through the system.

“We clearly need more BAME coaches and more black coaches entering the scheme at the bottom which will create a greater pool and a greater opportunity at the higher levels of the pyramid,” Masters added.

The English Football League has a policy that states that at least BAME candidate must be interviewed for a managerial vacancy.

But Troy Townsend, the head of development at football’s equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out, pointed out this week that such a policy doesn’t have to be implemented if clubs do not have a shortlisting process and interview just one candidate.

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He said to BBC Sport: “I’m not saying clubs are not following a process but they aren’t nailed on to a process because there is a little bit of a loophole there.

“You aren’t going to be held accountable. It’s like dipping your toes in without going to swim.”

“If we are going to implement these types of changes then we have to be thorough in the process of what we are doing. Then we also have to release the data around it.”

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