2014 marks the 125th anniversary of the world’s first black professional footballer, so where are the black coaches?

Favouritism, discrimination and racism is preventing BME coaches from working within English professional football by Colin Joseph Last month a 16ft statue of the world’s first black professional football player – Arthur Wharton – was unveiled at the Football Association’s (FA’s) national football centre in Burton, West Midlands. The memorial statue was erected (thanks to… Read More

“There is no racism in football… If you are good, you get the job”

Much talk has centred around the NFL’s, “Rooney Rule” as a panacea, which ensures that at least one person of colour must be interviewed when a head coaching position becomes available. It’s said that such a measure could offset the paucity of managers of colour in English football.
More recently, Sir Trevor Brooking, the former Director of Football Development at the FA said he was against such a regulation, offering choice quotes such as, “Some black coaches say they’re not given a chance, but I do think a lot of them have to get themselves in that position”, and, “There is a reluctance from people sometimes and they feel it should be handed to them.” Read More