‘Why wouldn’t you take me?’ – Ex-Chelsea coach Newton frustrated by lack of opportunities for Black managers

‘Why wouldn’t you take me?’ – Ex-Chelsea coach Newton frustrated by lack of opportunities for Black managers

Ex-Chelsea coach Newton has now joined millions of black managers to express his frustration on the ‘black coach’ subject matter.

“You know what stops me (getting a manager’s job),” Newton, who took his first steps into management with Trabzonspor in Turkey having grown frustated at the lack of opportunities he was afforded in England, tells  Goal.

“Listen, it is well-documented that there’s not enough Black coaches and managers at the highest level. It is great to see Vieira in the Premier League, but there’s not enough representation and it needs to change.

“There are some managers who just go from one job to another and keep failing. They still get the next job and you ask, ‘is that success?’. It seems like the same old faces just keep going around the system. Society is different now and you need to move in a different direction with fresh blood.Information Guide Nigeria

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“All the talking and adverts have been done on anti-racism, it becomes a token gesture. You want action now. There’s still not enough being done on the field. That’s my main obstacle, but it is not the same in Turkey, I must say that.

“It is more about football politics here, but it isn’t an issue of race in Turkey. I’ve been at the top, I won the Champions League (as a coach), FA Cups as a player, and there’s Black coaches coming through the system who haven’t done all that.

“So if I am struggling, what must that coach who’s maybe played at a lower level be thinking?”

When Patrick Vieira was appointed as the manager of Crystal Palace in the summer of 2021, he became just the tenth Black manager in the 29-year history of the Premier League.JAMB Result

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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