Heather Rabbatts says Dan Ashworth's position as FA technical director now 'untenable'

22 October 2017, 09:54

Dan Ashworth's position as technical director of the Football Association is 'untenable', according to former FA board member Heather Rabbatts.

Ashworth, along with FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn, are under scrutiny after three inquiries were needed to establish that former England Women manager Mark Sampson made discriminatory comments towards Chelsea forward Eni Aluko and also Drew Spence.

Ashworth was responsible for the appointment of Sampson and is also set to lead the search for his permanent successor to lead the Lionesses.

Rabbatts, who stood down from her position at the FA in June, does not believe that should be allowed to happen and felt Ashworth had allowed a 'monoculture' to develop at the national training base at St George's Park.

"I think his position is untenable," Rabbatts told BBC Radio.

"He has been there since 2012, these issues have been raised - a lack of diversity, a lack of black coaches, the issue of Mark Sampson and Eni, these have all happened.

"This is about professional judgement. It's not that he (Ashworth) hasn't tried, but that's not enough.

"You have the experiences that are set out before us and if you were to talk to black coaches who feel that they are never going to get these roles, then there has to be a time for a change.

"One of the reasons I left slightly early in terms of being the first person of colour, the first woman on that board, is that this issue of the national football centre, which should be leading best practice, is a monoculture, and that is not acceptable.

"In a way the story starts, not from the failures of internal investigations, but where you have a culture where comments can be made and clearly were made, and there isn't an instant reaction that that is wrong, and that those comments
are not appropriate."