Paul McCann, a former coach for Crewe Alexandra, who worked with the club during the 80s and 90s has been suspended by the FA.
McCann had worked with Crewe Alex as a voluntary youth and reserve team coach. He worked with Dario Gradi, the club director and former manager.
However, in 1991, McCann left the club side in a bid to pursue another career abroad. McCann has denied being involved in any wrongdoing. This did not stop his license from being suspended by the safeguarding panel of the FA.
Attempts to get confirmation from the FA following the suspension of McCann’s license is yet to yield any positive response as the FA have not confirmed the suspension or any details that concern it.
Speaking to The Guardian, McCann said:
“I have not done anything wrong. This process is in place to help the investigation take its due course. I am collateral damage.”
He also issues a statement which reads:
“Aside from denying any wrongdoing, it would be inappropriate and unfair on all parties to comment piecemeal through the media at this time in connection with historical allegations.
“Suffice to say, I will do everything within my power to assist all investigatory authorities into what is becoming a wide-ranging and important enquiry into historical sexual abuse.”
In December of last year, Dario Gradi, Crewe Alex’s director was suspended by the FA following the commencement of an investigation by the FA into allegations of child sex abuse.
With his suspension, McCann will be unable to work in football either at a professional or amateur level. The former coach who no longer works in football has however offered to help the FA in any way he can with their enquiries.