Raheem Sterling has called on the English football clubs to address the lack of black coaches and managers in the most important positions at football clubs. The Manchester City forward made his comments during the BBC program Newsnight.
Sterling said: “This is a time to speak on these subjects, speak on injustice, especially in my field. There’s something like 500 players in the Premier League and a third of them are black, and we have no representation of us in the hierarchy, no representation of us in the coaching staffs.”
“There’s not a lot of faces that we can relate to and have conversations with. With these protests that are going on it’s all well and good just talking, but it’s time that we need to have conversations, to be able to spark debates”, the Manchester City and England forward continued.
“But at the same time, it’s coming together and finding a solution to be able to spark change, because we can talk as much as we want about changing and putting people, black people, in these positions that I do feel they should be in. I’ll give a perfect one. There’s [Rangers manager] Steven Gerrard, your [Chelsea manager] Frank Lampards, you have your Sol Campbells and you have your Ashley Coles.”
“All had great careers, all played for England. At the same time, they’ve all respectfully done their coaching badges to coach at the highest level, and the two that haven’t been given the right opportunities are the two black former players. I feel like that’s what’s lacking here. It’s not just taking the knee [the movement started by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick], it is about giving people the chance they deserve.”