Liam Rosenior: Derby coach on greater diversity, the ‘Rooney Rule’ & working with Cocu

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In January, Liam Rosenior will be joined at Derby by former England captain Wayne Rooney, who will move to Pride Park as a player-coach”For me, the great day is when we see female managers, black managers, white managers – it doesn’t matter who – getting jobs as long as they are just the best people for them.”Joining Derby County’s new coaching team, headed by three-time Dutch title-winning boss Phillip Cocu, was almost 15 years in the making for Liam Rosenior.The move also came a month after the English Football League made it mandatory that clubs must interview at least one black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidate when searching for a new first-team manager.The regulation, informally known as the ‘Rooney Rule’ – named after the NFL diversity committee chairman Dan Rooney who helped establish the policy in American football – is one that Rosenior has spoken at length about in the past.Asked if he thought it had had a bearing on his career, he said: “I couldn’t answer that question.”But he knows what the rewards for dedication should be.”I’ve always believed that if you work hard enough, you should be given the opportunity to interview, at least, to do a job you are passionate about doing,” said Rosenior, who worked towards being a coach for almost his entire 16-year playing career.EFL brings in ‘Rooney Rule’ for BAME bossesEthnic minority coaches still face ‘barriers'”I’ve looked at the ‘Rooney Rule’ in the NFL and the implications it has had on the league, and it has only been positive.”For me, it is not about whether you are black, white or Asian, gay, straight or whatever religious denomination.”Am I happy if a black guy gets a job instead of a white guy? No. I just want the best person possible to get the

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