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    Mark Sampson has been sacked as England Women football head coach by the FA after nearly 4 years in the job. Apparently he was dismissed after the FA was made aware of his conduct when he was manager at Bristol Academy. The FA say a report "revealed clear evidence of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour" and the full report was only brought to the attention of the current FA leadership last week. However, Bristol Academy say that they were made aware of the FA investigation into allegations over Sampson in 2014 but they haven't had any further contact with the FA on the issue. The 2014 report concluded that Sampson "did not pose a risk".
    The FA says it still stands by the findings of the investigation into the more recent allegations made by player Eni Aluko which found no evidence of any wrongdoing, so Sampson's sacking is nothing to do with that. Sampson was immediately removed as patron of the charity Women in Sport after his dismissal.

    Seemingly the FA decided to sack him last week but left him in post for the match against Russia. In any event they had full knowledge of the report and the "clear" evidence last week.

    This all seems a bit odd. Even the Sports Minister has waded in, saying it's "a mess".

    So, as I understand it, he has been sacked for something he did in a former job that was investigated 3 years ago by the people who have just sacked him, after he has been doing a very successful job for almost 4 years. On top of that, the people who have just sacked him say it's nothing to do with allegations of a similar nature that they have also investigated and also found nothing. Despite him then being deemed guilty 3 years after the fact and against the findings of the original report, it seems they let him carry on for a few days more. As this would seem to leave the current players at risk it would be interesting to know what this "inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour" consisted of. I am sure I am not the only one wondering if the FA was more concerned about the Russia result than protecting their players from this kind of behaviour. Behaviour bad enough to get him the sack.

    This all seems a bit strange and as the Minister says, it's a mess.
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    Also, it seems that the FA had the report of the Bristol case but nobody had bothered to read it??

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    There's no mystery, the FA has very recently received new information and then sacked him.

    You have to give the FA credit for acting decisively and honourably. There must have been a huge temptation to sweep it under the carpet as Sampson looks to be doing a great job.

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    Bizarre that the 2015 enquiry cleared him of any wrongdoing at Bristol, yet they are now using that as an excuse to sack him, while at the same time saying he is clear to work elsewhere as a coach, so presumably not considered a risk.

    it all stinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rudebhoy View Post
    Bizarre that the 2015 enquiry cleared him of any wrongdoing at Bristol, yet they are now using that as an excuse to sack him, while at the same time saying he is clear to work elsewhere as a coach, so presumably not considered a risk.

    it all stinks.
    That would be a rather silly and expensive mistake to make. The FA and their solicitors would know the financial consequences of sacking Sampson unless they had a water tight case.

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    Shows real failures in their recruitment that he ever got the job in the first place but strange that he can be sacked for something that happened before he was in the job.

    Can't help but thinking they've been looking for a way to get rid of him after there wasn't enough evidence to support the more recent allegations against him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FairwayDodger View Post
    Can't help but thinking they've been looking for a way to get rid of him after there wasn't enough evidence to support the more recent allegations against him.
    This. A forgotten report, that they actually knew about, suddenly appears and out he goes. All very convenient. This makes the FA look both incompetent and weasely at the same time.

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    Nice way to get sacked - full buy out of the contract. FA once again played/pays a blinder. If the guy has done something wrong and failed to disclose information at interview why has he been sacked on such a big wedge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawtooth View Post
    That would be a rather silly and expensive mistake to make. The FA and their solicitors would know the financial consequences of sacking Sampson unless they had a water tight case.

    they've paid up the rest of his contract, I guess he will have signed something to say it's the end of the matter, in order to get the settlement.

    another good question is why did the FA pay Aluko 80k if her allegations were dismissed?

    some papers dropping heavy hints that he got into "relationships" with a couple of female players while at Bristol. it's possible that one of the tabloids was about to run a "kiss and tell", and the FA wanted to do a bit of damage limitation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawtooth View Post
    There's no mystery, the FA has very recently received new information and then sacked him.

    You have to give the FA credit for acting decisively and honourably. There must have been a huge temptation to sweep it under the carpet as Sampson looks to be doing a great job.
    But what new information? When he was accused about his time at Bristol a full report was commissioned (which concluded he posed no risk). When Aluko accused him the FA commissioned an independent enquiry which also cleared him. So now the FA receive new information and they take it at face value, no report, no enquiry. This then causes them to read the 2014 report for the first time (!) which concluded that he posed no risk and say it contains clear evidence of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour. I'd say that constitutes some mystery. I'd say none of this means the FA have acted decisively or honourably. Unless decisively means reading a report years later and it's honourable to not immediately remove someone when you have clear evidence of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour.
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