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22.05.2019 19:33

Chris Powell: BAME manager pool must increase

Former Charlton and Southend manager Chris Powell has said BAME coaches need better representation in the professional game.

Powell, speaking after Chris Hughton was sacked from Brighton, said the pool of BAME coaches is too small, but added the firings were nothing to do with race.

Powell said: “I don't think colour has anything to do with why I, Chris or Darren lost our jobs - football is fickle and every manager, black or white, knows that.

“But if your pool of black managers is small to begin with then it can look bad when a few of us go.

“The answer to that is to increase the number of candidates of colour in position to get these jobs, because there are plenty of good BAME coaches, male and female, in academies and at grassroots.

“That is something for the game's decision-makers to consider but guys like me, Chris and Darren are trying to make a difference.

“I wonder if it will be a generational thing and, like what the first wave of black players in the 70s and 80s went through, we will get a big breakthrough,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA