EFL adds BAME regulation and adds to Jevans remit

10 Jun 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The English Football League (EFL) has introduced a recruitment regulation to help address the underrepresentation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) managers, while it has also appointed Debbie Jevans CBE as its Executive Chair.

The new regulation comes after an 18-month trial, through which EFL clubs voluntarily committed to interview at least one BAME candidate when undertaking a recruitment process for a first-team managerial job.

The commitment has now been formalised in a move designed to ensure that more opportunities will be provided to BAME candidates.

Meanwhile, Jevans (pictured) has taken on responsibility of leading the EFL until a new Chief Executive is appointed. Jevans joined the EFL as an Independent Non-Executive Director in 2014 and has served as Chair of the League since September 2018.

The EFL’s recruitment process for a new Chief Executive is underway and the organisation has reported strong interest from both inside and outside of football. The EFL said that it is on track to have the successful candidate in place by early in the 2019/20 season.

Shaun Harvey left his role as EFL Chief Executive at the end of the 2018/19 season. The 48-year-old former Leeds United Chief Executive stepped down after more than five years in the role, which he took up in October 2013.

In other news, EFL clubs have ratified the appointment of Simon Bazalgette to the position of Independent Non-Executive Director. Bazalgette announced that he will stand down from his role as Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club by the end of 2019 and transition into a non-executive career.