Why the ‘Rooney Rule’ isn’t the answer to the lack of black football managers


Huddersfield Town’s Chris Powell can lead the way for equality in football management (Picture: Press Association Images)

Chris Powell’s appointment as Huddersfield Town manager has led to the lack of black managers again being discussed in the media, and rightly so.

The fact is Powell is the only non-white manager currently employed by the 92 clubs that make up the Football League and Premier League.

Equality in English football has moved forward in the past 30 years, but black players are now firmly accepted in the football family there there is still a lack of non-white coaches qualifying through the Uefa Pro Licence system.

Indeed, just seven per cent of Uefa Pro Licence holders, the minimum requirement for any permanent manager, are not white.

This is dire, especially when you consider that more than 25 per cent of players in the Football League are black, and 40 per cent of players aged…

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