AXE FELL DUE TO RESULTS, NOT SKIN COLOUR
DO black coaches face discrimination? Undoubtedly. But that’s got nothing to do with the sackings of Chris Powell and Chris Ramsey.
Ramsey, 52, was sacked by QPR on Wednesday having won just nine of his 32 games in charge. His dismissal followed hot on the heels of Powell, who left a Huddersfield side boasting just three wins all season.
“To lose both managers sends out a really strong message to those aspiring to get on this journey,” said anti-racism campaigner Troy Townsend.
“People will look and think ‘Is it because of the colour of their skin? Or is it because they are bad managers?’ I know people will say results are not right but there is a lot more to it than that.”
No there isn’t. Nonwhite managers have a tough time getting jobs. All managers have a tough time staying in them.
The average tenure for a Championship manager is now just ten months – two more than Ramsey lasted and four less than Powell. In other words, par for the course.
Is that acceptable? No, it’s crazy. But that’s a different argument. Black coaches need all the help they can get to fight the subconscious prejudice still prevalent in too many football boardrooms.
Chucking vague accusations of racism around will not aid their cause one iota. In fact, it is likely to be detrimental. Would you be keen to hire a black coach if you thought sacking him would result in accusations of bigotry? Me neither.
Townsend wants to keep the issue in the spotlight. That’s understandable. But he should focus on the real problems, not imaginary ones.
SACKED: Chris Powell