The English Premier League has appointed Iffy Onuora as head of equality, diversity and inclusion, according to reports.
The 53-year-old will be the first in the newly created role by the league, where he is expected to take up the position later on this year, having worked at the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) since 2012.
As part of the role, Onuora will have a number of key responsibilities, which includes coordinating the Premier League's policies and programmes around equality, diversity and inclusion whilst encoring and supporting best practice amongst its 20 member clubs.
Onuora will also work closely with external partners, such as Stonewall, Kick It Out and Level Playing Field, alongside liaising with the English Football League (EFL), the FA, the PFA, League Managers' Association (LMA), broadcast partners and Sport England.
The former professional striker succeeded in a 15-year career in the sport, playing for the likes of Huddersfield, Swindon Town and Sheffield United, before becoming a manager at Swindon and Ethiopia, as well as caretaker roles at Gillingham and Lincoln City.
In 2012, Onuora became the PFA's equality officer and regional coach, as well as joining the coaching set-up for the England under-21s in 2018.
Author: Jake Wilkin