A key figure in the success England enjoyed at the World Cup in Russia has been cleared by the FA of bullying allegations made in an anonymous complaint.
On Tuesday night, the FA responded to a report in the Daily Telegraph, which said Dave Reddin MBE, their head of team strategy and performance, had been accused of creating a ‘culture of fear and bullying’ at the governing body.
The FA said they had investigated the claims, which were made last year, and concluded that Reddin had no case to answer.
Dave Reddin (R), the FA head of performance, pictured with Gareth Southgate in 2016
Their attempts to uncover the truth have been hampered by the fact that even now the identity of the letter writer remains unknown.
In a statement on Tuesday night, the FA said: ‘In October 2017, the FA received an anonymous letter raising certain concerns in relation to Dave Reddin. The FA took all of the allegations raised very seriously and undertook an investigation.
‘We are entirely satisfied that the matters were appropriately investigated and concluded.
‘As this matter relates to the personal data of current employees, we are not in a position to comment further.’
The letter apparently named nine members of staff who had allegedly suffered at the hands of Reddin.
But the FA said the five staff members they interviewed — it is believed others may have left the organisation when the allegations surfaced — did not corroborate the claims.
The letter was reportedly sent to chief executive Martin Glenn and human resources director Rachel Brace, when Glenn had only just survived the fall-out from the Eni Aluko racism storm.
Reddin had been accused of creating a ‘culture of fear and bullying’ at the governing body
The FA said they had investigated the claims and concluded Reddin had no case to answer
Sportsmail understands that in 2016 Reddin, who was previously part of Sir Clive Woodward’s backroom staff with the England rugby team, was placed on a personal development programme to address certain issues with regard to his management style.
But not one of the nine current or former staff members has come forward to support the claims made in the anonymous letter, even though at least two of them were subsequently made redundant.
The letter was signed by an ‘FA whistle-blower’, and made a number of allegations against Reddin. It claimed that the FA ‘has been informed on numerous occasions of a culture of fear and bullying’ under Reddin which had led to members of staff being ‘left in tears, suffering with stress-related illnesses and being forced to leave the organisation’.
It added: ‘The FA has a duty of care for all its employees and should be supporting and protecting them.’