Paul Elliott has backed The FA’s plans for 2018, which focus on making English football more inclusive and diverse.
We announced a range of measures aimed at improving the culture of The FA and revealed details of considerable new investment into every level of the game.
And former Chelsea and Celtic defender Elliott is delighted by the news.
He said: “These new reforms signal a significant shift of the dial.
“As chair of The FA's Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB), the collective tasked with overseeing much of this work, and someone who has been central to the games inclusion agenda for the best part of 25 years, this is real progress.
“The details in these reforms will impact positively on many and, in particular, the adoption of the Rooney Rule demonstrates to aspiring BAME coaches that they can reach the very top of the game and gives a clear transition from playing to coaching within The FA structures.
“There is a future for everyone in the game beyond playing. Simply put, the message from The FA is clear; opportunities exist for all.”