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English game 'needs black managers'

28 Oct 2013 20:31:53

English game 'needs black managers'

FIFA's anti-discrimination chief Jeffrey Webb has called on English football to address the lack of non-playing opportunities for ethnic minorities.

Webb, the influential CONCACAF president who heads the world governing body's racism task force, believes the paucity of non-white managers in the country is an issue which needs to be looked at as a matter of urgency.

The Barclays Premier League is one of the most culturally diverse divisions on the planet but has been overwhelmingly dominated by white managers.

Norwich boss Chris Hughton is the only current top-flight boss bucking the trend, with Blackpool's Paul Ince and Chris Powell the only black managers operating in the Football League.

Webb, who has been meeting with senior players during a visit to England, also suggested there was a growing disenchantment among professionals.

"There's a lot of young players coming through, I understand that more than 30 per cent of the league is made up of people of African descent and over 71 different nationalities playing in the Premier League, but it's not reflected, they're not getting an opportunity (to manage)," Webb told BBC Sport.

"Many of them are becoming very demoralised and these are issues of course that we hope the FA will take on and that of the Premier League.

"The [English] game must reflect society and the community. It doesn't do so."

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke was criticised by board member Heather Rabbatts for a perceived lack of diversity in his commission on the future of the English game.

His initial eight-strong panel was entirely comprised of white men, although Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand was later added to the group alongside England manager Roy Hodgson.


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