Former England Women manager Mark Sampson has returned to football as Stevenage first-team coach.
The 36-year-old started work in his new role on Wednesday, nearly two years after being sacked as the Lionesses’ boss for having a six-month relationship with a female player aged over 18 when at Bristol Academy.
The League Two outfit announced Sampson’s addition to the club’s coaching set-up on Thursday evening.
Ex-England Women boss Mark Sampson (L) returns to football as Stevenage first-team coach
‘We are fully aware of Mark’s past issues with the FA,’ Stevenage boss Dino Maamria told the club’s
‘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.’
He started new role on Wednesday, nearly two years after being sacked as the Lionesses’ boss
He had been the focus of bullying and racism claims by Eni Aluko (L) and then Drew Spence
Sampson was dismissed one day after England beat Russia 6-0 in a qualifier for this year’s World Cup following a previous safeguarding investigation into his time at Bristol.
He had also been the focus of bullying and racism claims, first made by Juventus forward Eni Aluko and then Chelsea midfielder Drew Spence.
Earlier this year, the Football Association acknowledged it had unfairly sacked Sampson, who led the Lionesses to the World Cup semi-finals four years ago, from the post back in September 2017.
The FA reached a significant financial settlement with him, having let him go over an unspecified allegation of inappropriate behaviour while he was in a previous job.
Sportsmail reported in January that Sampson’s options appeared to include re-entering the game in men’s football management, possibly initially as an assistant somewhere, or through academy football.
The Welshman did apologise to players Aluko and Spence for comments judged to be racially discriminatory and said that they should have been treated with more ‘humility.’
Earlier this year, the Football Association acknowledged it had unfairly dismissed Sampson