There will be extra repercussions throughout the world of English football if Chris Hughton’s troubles at Norwich City lead to his firing. That’s because after the sacking of Charlton manager Chris Powell, the only black manager in the top five divisions of England is the Canaries’ boss.
Hughton spoke out on the matter during a radio appearance on BBC Radio Norfolk:
“The percentages of black and ethnic players compared to those in management is a massive gap.”
“We have to make sure we work hard enough to resolve that.”
The BBC report says that the Professional Footballers Association has backed an idea similar to the National Football League’s Rooney Rule, which mandates that a minimum number of minority candidates are interviewed for certain high-profile coaching positions.
Statistics quoted in another BBC report say that 25 percent of all players in England are non-white, which certainly is a markedly-higher percentage the one manager per dozens of clubs.
The questions that arise from such reports are difficult to answer. Is the best candidate for every job being considered? More importantly, what does it have to do with race? Former English national back Sol Campbell claims he was never made national team captain for racial reasons, so certainly it’s not a singular concern amongst managers.