Raheem Sterling demands that black football give black managers a chance | Soccer


Raheem Sterling called on English football to seize the moment and finally remedy its lack of black representation in positions of power.The Manchester City and England striker made the comments during an appearance on the BBC’s flagship political program, Newsnight, following anti-racist protests that have spread around the world. Advanced clips showed the 25-year-old offering support to those who took to the streets following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police in the United States, but the full interview with Emily Maitlis l saw him focus on the questions at hand.

Reflecting on his own sport, Sterling pointed to the long-standing disparity between the number of top BAME players and the shortage of those who continue to win important managerial, managerial or administrative positions. Sterling cited the fortunes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, who landed starring roles at Rangers and Chelsea early in their managerial careers, compared to equally experienced black players who were forced to start much lower in the game. ‘ladder.

“Now is the time to talk about these issues, to talk about injustice, especially in my field,” said Sterling. “There are something like 500 players in the Premier League and a third of them are black and we have no representation of us in the hierarchy, no representation of us in the coaching teams. There are not many faces with which we can identify and have conversations.

“With these protests taking place, everything is fine, it is enough to speak, but it is time that we need conversations, to be able to start debates. But at the same time, it comes together and finds a solution to be able to trigger change because we can talk as much as we want to change and put people, black people, in those positions in which I think they should be.

“I’m going to give a perfect one. There is Steven Gerrard, your Frank Lampards, you have your Sol Campbells and you have your Ashley Coles. All have had great careers, all have played for England. At the same time, they all respectfully made their coaching badges to coach at the highest level and the two who did not have the right opportunities are the two former black players.

“I feel like what’s missing here is not just getting on the knee, it’s giving people the chance they deserve. “

Sol Campbell has repeatedly spoken of the prejudices he has encountered in his struggle for management opportunities at the highest level. Photography: Antonio Olmos / The Observer

Sterling also believes there is a lack of representation in the governance of the game, suggesting that a more diverse mix is ​​needed in the corridors of power. Asked what would represent the success of the change movement, he replied, “When there are more blacks in positions. When I can have someone with a dark background so I can go to the FA with a problem I have with the club. This will be the time when I know that changes are happening. “


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