In a diversion from our usual fare - on a topic that is not Bolton Wanderers related, nor does it have anything to do with a certain England Striker - the very topical Rooney Rule is never far from our ears, eyes and faces.
On Thursday, the Football League announced plans to bring in an adaptation of the 'Rooney Rule', something that has been in America as part of the NFL since 2003.
'Following a unanimous recommendation from The Football League Board, League clubs have given their support to recommendations from their Chairman Greg Clarke aimed at increasing employment opportunities for managers and coaches from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background by promoting open and transparent recruitment practices.'
What is the Rooney Rule? Well, The Rooney Rule, named after Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, is a rule established in 2003 which requires every NFL team to interview at least one minority candidate for the head coaching position once there is a vacancy.
The proposals, which have received the backing of Dan Rooney, include:
* Five to 10 clubs will pilot a "voluntary recruitment code" to interview a BAME candidate for any first-team managerial or coaching position.
* Clubs must interview at least one BAME candidate for all youth development roles requiring a minimum of a Uefa B coaching licence.
* A 'ready-list' will be created of identified current BAME coaches and players "with the potential and aspiration to coach in professional football" and networking opportunities improved.
"I think you should appoint someone because they are the right person, not because they are black or white. I wouldn’t want to be waiting for an interview thinking they only asked me because I was black. I want to know they asked me because they think I can do the job."