Iffy Onuora set to become Premier League's first head of equality, diversity and inclusion

Former Scottish professional footballer Iffy Onuora will take over EDI matters within the Premier League by supporting best practice at clubs; he will also help to lead and deliver EDI campaigns and programmes at the Premier League's external partners, including Stonewall and Kick It Out

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Iffy Onuora is set to become the Premier League's first head of equality, diversity and inclusion, with the 53-year-old expected to take up the post in April.

Onuora is a Scottish former professional footballer and played for Huddersfield, Mansfield, Gillingham, Swindon, Sheffield United and Grimsby Town, before moving into management.

He previously managed Swindon Town and the Ethiopian national team before he took up a role with the Professional Footballers' Association in 2012 as an equalities officer and regional coach.

As part of his new role, Onuora will take over EDI matters within the Premier League by supporting best practice at clubs.

The 53-year-old will also help to lead and deliver EDI campaigns and programmes at the Premier League's external partners, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights charity Stonewall, and the equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out.

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Onuora will also liaise with other key football stakeholders on EDI matters, including the EFL, FA, PFA and League Managers Association.

The Premier League began the recruitment process for the post in early 2020, only to pause their search because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Onuora was previously involved in a groundbreaking scheme to encourage more Black, Asian and minority ethnic coaches to join EFL clubs from the start of the 2020/21 season.

The pilot initiative has seen a handful of sides in the Championship, League One and League Two give Black, Asian and minority ethnic coaches experience of working in their professional set-up for at least two years in a variety of different roles.

Onuora helped to lead the project alongside PFA charity trustee Garth Crooks and Premier League head of club support Marc Canham.

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