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Slow progress towards diversity among senior coaches criticised

• Black or minority ethnic coaches occupy 4.2% of all senior roles
• Authorities accused of ‘messing with the fluffy stuff around the edges’

Owen Gibson
The Guardian
Wednesday 21 October 2015 01.05 BST

New research has revealed damningly slow progress towards increasing diversity among managers and coaches in professional football, estimating that at the current rate it will take more than 30 years to achieve parity with the proportion of black and minority ethnic (BME) players.

Jason Roberts, the former Blackburn Rovers striker who is a member of the Sports People’s Think Tank that commissioned the research, said the figures were very worrying and showed that despite increased focus on the issue football compared poorly with other industries in tackling the root of the problem.

While he praised the Football League for introducing a version of the Rooney rule, under which shortlists for first-team managers will feature at least one BME candidate from next year, he said most in football were still “messing with the fluffy stuff at the edges” rather than challenging exclusion and ingrained practices.

A year ago, research by Dr Steven Bradbury of Loughborough University revealed that just 19 of 552 of the top jobs in coaching and management were filled by BME people. By September 2015 that figure had risen to 23 by virtue of an increase in the number of first-team managers from two to six. That equates to just 4.2% of all senior coaching positions, compared with 25% BME representation among professional players and 14% among the population as a whole. Overall, Roberts said the lack of progress reflected the fact that not enough was being done to force football to face up to the issues.

“There is a structural exclusion of a group. This was a matter of urgency for us last year and even more so this year,” he said. “The narrative seems to be that we have a structural issue around inclusion so you guys need to work harder. But then there are no positions when we come through.” The Premier League has introduced a new scheme to try to bring through a new cohort of coaches from BME backgrounds with Uefa pro licence qualifications and the FA has also promised to fast-track the best and brightest BME coaches.

But Roberts sad there was little sign of progress on the ground. “Do we have to wait 30 years? When will we have a black England manager? If you look at the diversity behind the scenes at the FA, it won’t be in my lifetime.”

Dr Bradbury concluded that within the game conscious and unconscious racial bias “constitute a form of institutional discrimination which continue to limit the potential for equality of opportunities and outcomes for BME coaches in the professional football environment”.

He said that overall progress has been slow and statistical advances minimal.

Roberts said that while great strides had been made over the past two decades in combatting racist attitudes on the pitch and in the stands, the closed networks and unconscious bias surrounding recruitment of coaches was “more insidious and a more difficult issue to deal with”.

“You are talking about a small number of people who are handing out those roles. It’s no longer: ‘Can they play in the cold?’ or: ‘Can they play at centre half?’” he said, also pointing to slow progress in making boardrooms more representative. “It’s now become: ‘Can they manage? Can they coach? Can they lead?’ You’re asking people to ask themselves some very difficult questions.”

Following the angst of the John Terry and Luis Suárez racism incidents, football’s governing bodies drew up a 92-point plan around diversity issues following a summit at 10 Downing Street. But Roberts said that apart from the Football League’s initiative not enough had been done to practically improve the opportunities for those from a BME background to ascend the coaching ladder. “We’re messing with the fluffy stuff around the edges. Of course it is always a given that people have to upskill themselves,” he said. “But if we recognise we have a structural issue, the game has got to do something about it. We’re not taking up that mantle.”

He said he was disappointed that the Premier League and FA had not followed the Football League’s example and introduced a version of the Rooney Rule. “An adapted version of the Rooney Rule is an easy win. It hurts nobody and if you’re not good enough you don’t get the job,” said Roberts. “It’s nothing to do with quotas. It’s about giving people not part of the employment process the opportunity to get a fair hearing. That’s why we’re pleased the Football League is taking a lead and disappointed with the rest of the football establishment.”

There are currently no BME managers in the Premier League and six in the Football League: QPR’s Chris Ramsey, Brighton’s Chris Hughton, Huddersfield’s Chris Powell, Burton’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Ricardo Moniz of Notts County and Keith Curle of Carlisle.
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