Sarina Wiegman: Player-coach relationships are ‘not healthy’ | Football

Sarina Weigman says player-coach relationships are ‘very inappropriate’ (Picture: Getty)

England women’s boss Sarina Wiegman says relationships between players and coaches are ‘not healthy’ and ‘very inappropriate’.

The issue of player-coach relationships has hit the headlines in recent weeks after Leicester City launched an investigation into manager Willie Kirk after an allegation of a relationship with a player.

Emma Hayes, the Chelsea boss, said player-coach relatiosnhips was inappropriate though she reneged on previous comments saying player-players relationships were also wrong.

And Weigman agrees, saying it’s ‘very inappropriate’ for coaches to have a relationship with one of their players.

Wiegman in training (Photo by Naomi Baker – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Wiegman in training (Photo by Naomi Baker – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

‘I think player-coach relations are very inappropriate. I think we should not accept that, that’s not healthy,’ said Weigman.

“I think in our environment, it’s a professional environment, it’s all about performing and it should always be safe.

‘Things can happen, but it’s inappropriate and we all should be very aware of that.’

Asked if a ban should be implemented, Weigman said: ‘I think it is common sense, we all know that if we are in this environment, it is really inappropriate, and I think if we all take our responsibility, then things wouldn’t happen – but when it happens too often you need regulations.

‘I’ll leave that up to others. I just hope every environment I work in that’s how we work and we always talk about safe environments.

‘This is one of the things that should be really safe, and that everyone is really aware of the responsibility we have.’

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