Mark Sampson says he will ‘forever regret’ use of racist language and that he spent six weeks on Kick it Out course

Mark Sampson says he will 'forever regret' use of racist language and that he spent six weeks on Kick it Out course

Mark Sampson, the former manager of the England women’s team, has revealed he went on a six-week course run by the anti-racism charity Kick it Out in order to educate himself on race and diversity following his controversial sacking by the Football Association.

Sampson, who has “apologised unreservedly” for using racist language towards two former England players, Drew Spence and Eni Aluko, still insists he is not someone who holds racist views but admitted he should have handled things differently when the complaints were made.

The 36-year-old was sacked in the wake of accusations that the FA had tried to cover up the complaints for an unrelated matter involving an inappropriate relationship with a player, over the age of 18, while he was in charge at Bristol Academy.

Sampson received a substantial compensation payment from the FA earlier this month, as he had already been cleared to carry on as England manager following an earlier investigation by the game’s governing body.

He would like to resume a successful coaching career – he took England from 20th to 3rd in the world rankings and reached the semi-finals of both the European Championships and the World Cup – but it is highly unlikely he will return to women’s football.

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