Former England Women head coach Mark Sampson lost his job because of a relationship with a player during his time at Bristol Academy, according to Sky sources. Sampson, cleared twice of any wrongdoing after allegations of discrimination and racism made by striker Eni Aluko, was sacked on September 20 after information came to light about his conduct during his time at Bristol prior to his England appointment.
The FA board met chief executive Martin Glenn on Monday to discuss his handling of Sampson’s exit, in particular why it took so long to sack the 34-year old in relation to allegations from 2014 of “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour while he was head coach at Bristol Academy. After the five-hour discussions at Wembley, the FA released a statement backing Glenn and his conduct over the crisis.
While the governing body has stated that no laws had been broken, we understand that Sampson’s dismissal was because of a sixmonth relationship with a player who was over the age of 18.