Chris Powell: clubs are no quicker to dismiss black managers, but say there is a lack of BAME bosses

Chris Powell does not believe that clubs shoot black managers faster than white managers and the real problem is that the small group of black, Asian and ethnic minorities (BAME) is represented in the dugout.

The former English defender lost his job at Southend in March, two weeks after West Brom fired Darren Moore, despite being fourth in the championship, and two months before Brighton fired Chris Hughton.

The latter's departure prompted Troy Townsend of the anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out of football to tell the Daily Telegraph that we are now worse than square in terms of promoting BAME coaching talent.

Chris Powell does not think black managers will be fired faster than their white peers

Chris Powell does not think black managers will be fired faster than their white peers

Powell said: & I don't think color has anything to do with why I, Chris or Darren have lost our job – football is fickle and every manager, black or white, knows that.

& # 39; But if your pool of black managers is small to begin with, it may look bad if a few of us go.

& # 39; The answer to that is to increase the number of candidates for color in position to get these jobs, because there are many good BAME coaches, male and female, in academies and at the base.

& # 39; That is something for the game's decision makers to consider, but guys like me, Chris and Darren are trying to make a difference.

& # 39; I wonder if it will be something generation-based and, like the first wave of black players in the 70s and 80s, we have achieved a major breakthrough. & # 39;

Their exits reduced the number of BAME managers in England's four largest divisions to four, a clear contrast to the situation on the field, where about a third of the players are from an ethnic minority.

The favorite of fans as a player, Powell was appointed Southend boss in January 2018 when the Shrimpers struggled in League One. He stabilized the ship and led them to 10th place towards the end of the season, so many fans thought this campaign could be a spearhead.

However, that hope was swallowed up by what Powell described as & # 39; the most serious series of injured & # 39; that he can remember in the game in more than 30 years. What was a regular group was confused, the goals dried up and the trust evaporated – Southend called for the time to make his ten-year electoral win.

Darren Moore was fired earlier in the season as his boss of West Brom

Darren Moore was fired earlier in the season as his boss of West Brom

Darren Moore was fired earlier in the season as his boss of West Brom

But the former straggler, who also liked to play with Charlton, Derby, West Ham and Leicester, said & # 39; the players agreed with me & # 39; by gaining their League One status with a dramatic win over Sunderland on the last day of the season. That was under temporary boss Kevin Bond, who has since been given full-time employment.

& # 39; That's football. You go further and I know I can do the work, I've already proven that, & said Powell, who sent Charlton to the League One title in 2012 and also managed Leicester, Huddersfield and Derby.

Powell is determined to stay in the game & # 39; and has applied for seats in a Birmingham governance course, the Football Association's technical director qualification and the highly regarded Master of Sport Directorship course at Manchester Metropolitan University.

In the meantime, the lifelong Tottenham fan is looking forward to next month's Champions League final against Liverpool in Madrid – & I have a flight and accommodation and I am sure 85 percent of me have a ticket & # 39; – and also some opinions about the EFL play-offs, which feature two of his former teams, Charlton and Derby.

Chris Hughton, the former Brighton manager, was fired this month by the Seagulls

Chris Hughton, the former Brighton manager, was fired this month by the Seagulls

Chris Hughton, the former Brighton manager, was fired this month by the Seagulls

Powell is also one of the largest supporters of Prostate Cancer UK. He raised more than £ 10,000 for charity by running the London Marathon last year and in September participates in the & # 39; March for Men & # 39; fundraiser of Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling.

About one in eight UK men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives, but the figure for black men is more than one in four.

& # 39; As a child I remember that my uncle was suffering, but I got involved with charity when I read more about it and realized that as a football player I had a chance to get the message about how serious this is, but also how treatable, if you can recognize it early, & he said.

& # 39; We don't know why black men are more likely to get it, but one in four is a distressing number, and black men over 45 should consider talking to their doctor at least once a year, if not two times.

& # 39; It actually kills more men than breast cancer and women are killed. I am sure it is partly because women are just as much better than men to talk about these issues and take care of themselves. We need to improve on that. & # 39;

– For more information about Prostate Cancer UK's work in football, including his work with the League Managers Association, visit www.prostatecanceruk.org/football

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