PFA want clubs to hire black managers

The PFA are investigating the possibility of starting an initiative to force English football clubs to interview black managers for vacant positions in the game.

Currently, since Paul Ince left his position as Notts County boss in April, only two black managers work in England – Chris Hughton at Birmingham and Chris Powell at Charlton.

Despite the large number of coloured players in the leagues, few seem to make it through to the next step, something the PFA want to eradicate.

“In football terms, we are the most cosmopolitan country in the world. There is no distinction between colour, creed, nationality or background,” chief executive Gordon Taylor stated in a press conference.

“However, the PFA spends a lot of money training players for the future and understandably, one of the most obvious areas of interest is coaching and management. For some reason the number of black people who actually get a chance in this area is very small,” he stated.

A similar project in the United States for American football, called the Rooney Rule, has been very successful and recently ensured that two black trainers went head-to-head in the Super Bowl, which Taylor wants to emulate.

“All we are asking for is an interview. But the more times people attend interviews, the greater the likelihood of them eventually getting a job.

‘This has to be a good thing because it broadens the panel of potential managers and coaches clubs are selecting from and opens up the possibility of greater experience. That should be what every club is looking for anyway,” he concluded.

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