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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

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