Former England Women manager Mark Sampson is back in football. League Two side Stevenage have appointed the former England women manager as a first-team coach. Sampson was sacked from his role at the Lionesses in September 2017 after evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour with female players in a previous role.
Former Lionesses Manager Mark Sampson Appointed Stevenage First-Team Coach
At the time of Sampson’s sacking, the Football Association had been made aware of the full details of safeguarding allegations made against Sampson in relation to his time as the manager of Bristol Academy in 2014. It was found in 2015 that Sampson did not pose any risk.
The Welshman was also accused of discrimination by England forward Eni Aluko but was cleared of any wrongdoing.
In regard to the issues, Stevenage boss Dino Mammria told the club website: “We are fully aware of Mark’s past issues with the FA. I have known Mark for a long-time and we have discussed what happened at length. I am convinced of his character and skillset. He will be a big asset to the club moving forward.”
Along with Mark Sampson, The Boro have also appointed David Oldfield in the same role. Oldfield has a wealth of coaching experience and, after forming a successful partnership with Mammria towards the back end of last season, he was offered a deal.
Speaking about the appointment, Mammria told the club website: “David, of course, needs no introduction to our fans. His experience as a successful assistant manager at this level and his outstanding coaching credentials are a big part of the reason why he has been brought into the management team.”
Meanwhile, Stevenage have kept retired pair Ronnie Henry and Alex Revell at the club by handing them academy coaching roles. Henry announced his retirement early this summer, while Revell’s announcement came just yesterday (Thursday, July 4).