There are currently 19 black and ethnic minority coaches in the top 552 ‘top’ coaching positions at professional English clubs, a report has found. – BBC Sport, link below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29976832

I did make one minor change to the introduction and that was removing the word only. Now I did this because whilst the statistics are shocking, I think you have to be careful about enforcing change.

The Rooney Rule is good way of going about change because it ensures that at least one person from an ethnic minority will be interviewed.

See I believe that everyone should have a fair chance at the top jobs, and all jobs for that matter. However, you have to be extremely careful because no one should be hired simply because they are part of that minority in the same way that hiring them shouldn’t be avoided.

The best man or woman for the job should be hired no matter what. Positive discrimination is not the answer and I am very wary that this is the way that football could be headed.

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Chris Hughton and Chris Powell are examples of great coaches and they got their jobs because of their merit, which is exactly how it should work. Powell did a fantastic job getting Charlton Athletic promoted to the Championship and Hughton did a great job at Norwich City.

Maybe there are not enough ethnic minorities in the top jobs but I do not believe that is due to any underlying cases of racism.

I feel like the BME are not coming up with enough clear examples or sources to back the claims that there has been “intentional and unintentional racism,” and until I see more facts and less opinions, I’m not buying it.

The Football Association has also set itself a new target to boost diversity within all levels of the game, while the Premier League recently said it wanted to see “more and better” coaches “who can progress to the highest levels of the game on merit and regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or background”. – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29976832 (by Richard Conway)

The latter is what we should be aiming for. Diversity should just come naturally, it should not be an issue. The aim should be improving the standards of coaching regardless of their background. Seeking diversity is a dangerous game and positive discrimination simply is not the answer.

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