Analysis: The black managerial situation in the Football League

With the Football League currently being dominated by white managers, the question that always seams to arise is… why aren’t there more black managers within the English game?

The head of Kick It Out has stated that black and minority ethnic coaches will be disheartened by the recent sackings within the Football League. This statement has come out after Chris Powell and Chris Ramsey unfortunately lost their jobs in the Championship.

Lord Ouseley said: “I’m sure the two getting sacked on the same day is a coincidence, but it means we have just lost a third of the black managers in one fell swoop.”

People have now started to suggest that the recent sackings of both Powell and Ramsey on the same day could discourage up and coming non-white managers from applying for managerial roles within the Football League whilst also sparking the debate that managers should get positions with clubs based on experience and qualifications, not their race.

Ramsey was recently removed from his position as QPR manager with the former big spending Premier League club sitting 13th in the Championship table with 19 points following back to back defeats at the hands of Derby and Brentford. Ramsey managing to win just nine of his 32 games in charge of QPR, which includes his time in the Premier League. Rangers have since drawn with Preston North End with Neil Warnock taking temporary charge after joining the club as an adviser to Ramsey. Warnock first took charge of Rangers back in 2010 and saved the club from Championship relegation, before gaining promotion as champions in 2011. Despite this, Warnock struggled to find his feet with QPR in the Premier League and was replaced with Mark Hughes in 2012.

Chris Powell was removed from his post with Huddersfield after 13 months in charge, despite keeping them in the division when appointed as their manager in September 2014. Huddersfield currently sit 18th in the Championship with 15 points, averaging a point per game – putting them just four points away from QPR. Prior to taking the post with the Terriers, Powell was sacked by Charlton in March 2014 following a run of poor results.

Speaking in 2014 the Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle said on the club’s official website… “We’re delighted to be able to welcome Chris to Huddersfield Town as the new manager; we’ve taken our time over this appointment, as we wanted to give ourselves time to put in the groundwork and ensure we get the right man for the job. We believe we have in Chris’’

The sackings have now cut the number of active Black and ethnic minority coaches in the top four divisions of the English game by a third. Both QPR and Huddersfield are above the dreaded relegation zone although both clubs are in the bottom half of the table.

There are now only four managers from BME backgrounds in the Football League, we will look at how well are these managers doing at their clubs below…

Chris Hughton (Brighton & Hove Albion)

The Former Newcastle United, Birmingham City and Norwich City manager took charge of the Seagulls on 31st December 2014, signing a three-and-a-half contract and was successful in his first game in charge with a 2-0 win at Brentford in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Hughton successfully managed to save the south coast side from relegation and is currently leading the club’s promotion push after a great start to the season which has put Brighton third in the table and currently on track to fight for a automatic promotion spot.

Hughton’s managerial record on a whole is respectable with a win percentage of 40.07% – W109D78 L85

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Burton Albion)

The 43 year old former Netherlands international took charge of the Brewers in May 2013 following a short term stay at Royal Antwerp in the Belgian Second Division. In November 2014, following the departure of Gary Rowett to Birmingham City he led them to their first ever promotion to League One after finishing top of League Two.

Jimmy’s first game as manager of Burton resulted in a 3–1 win at promotion rivals Wycombe Wanderers which kick started their run to promotion. The Dutch coach has been considered the real deal by many since taking charge of the club, and is cementing a reputation as one of the best managers in the Football League. He has been in high demand from a variety of Football League clubs including Rotherham prior to Neil Redfearn taking over and is currently the favourite for the QPR role, which Chris Ramsey was axed from recently. This season his Burton side sit atop League One for the first time in the club’s 65-year history.

Hasselbaink’s managerial record on a whole is very very respectable with a win percentage of 51.19% – W43 D21 L20

Keith Curle (Carlisle)

The 51 year old English coach was sacked by Notts County on the 3rd February 2013 and was then appointed as manager of Carlisle United in September 2014. He has also previously coached Mansfield, Chester City, and Torquay United before taking charge of the League Two club.

Carlisle currently have 26 points from 16 games and sit in eighth position, just two points away from the automatic promotion places in a very tight top 10 which sees just five points separate Wimbledon in 10th and Oxford United in second.

It has been revealed this week that Curle is in talks over a contract extension with negotiations currently on-going after a great start to the season which has lead him to start gaining respect from the Carlisle fans.

Curle’s managerial record on a whole is lower than the managers mentioned above with a win percentage of 36.33% – W97 D63 L107

Ricardo Moniz (Notts County)

The last manager on the list, Ricardo Moniz took charge of the Magpies in April 2015 with the aim of taking the club back into League One.

The Magpies Chairman Ray Trew said “Ricardo has a fantastic reputation, not only for the style of football he plays, but also his ability to spot and nurture young talent”

Moniz has had numerous coaching positions before he joined Tottenham Hotspur, where he worked under Martin Jol from 2005 to 2008 helping the club gain a good reputation within the Premier League. Prior to taking charge at Meadow Lane Ricardo has been first team manager at Hamburger SV, Red Bull Salzburg, Ferencvaros, Lechia Gdansk and 1860 Munchen.

His managerial record is very strong with an above average win percentage of 52.10% – W87D40 L40

Arguably the above BME coaches give the impression that they are just as capable of coaching teams to success as the mass of white coaches within the game and will be looking to have a strong season to increase their reputation as coaches. This is positive for Kick It Out as the organisation looks to encourage more coaches to get involved.

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