Black foot­ball man­agers

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Sports com­ments By Tony Matthews Re­cently, when he was ap­pointed by Mac­cles­field Town, the for­mer Arse­nal, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and Eng­land de­fender Sol Camp­bell be­came only the fourth black man­ager cur­rently en­gaged with a Premier­ship/Foot­ball League club.

The other three are Keith Curle at Northamp­ton Town, Chris Hughton at Brighton and Dar­ren Moore at West Bromwich Al­bion.

Over the last 25 years or so there have, in fact, been more than 20 black man­agers who have bossed clubs in the PL/FL sys­tem, and they in­clude four for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als, namely Viv An­der­son, who was one of the first with Barns­ley (1993-94)... John Barnes with Tran­mere Rovers (2009) and he also man­aged Celtic... Paul Ince with Black­burn Rovers and Notts County (be­tween 2008 and 2011) and Carl­ton Palmer with Mans­field Town (two spells be­tween 2002 and 2005) and Stock­port County (2003-04).

Top Dutch star Ruud Gul­lit was Chelsea’s man­ager for two sea­sons: 1996-98 and there­after was in charge of New­cas­tle United (1998-99) and Jim­myFloyd Has­sel­baink served as boss of Bur­ton Al­bion (2014-15), Q.P.R. (2015-16) and Northamp­ton (2017-18).

Other black man­agers in­clude Keith Alexan­der of Lin­coln City (2002-06) and Peter­bor­ough United (2006-07)... Ricky Hill of Lu­ton Town (ap­pointed in 2000)... Mar­cus Bigot (Coven­try City)... Noel Blake (Ex­eter City)... Chris Ki­womya (Notts County)... Iffy Onoura (Swin­don Town), ... Chris Pow­ell (Charl­ton Ath­letic and Hud­der­s­field Town)... Leroy Rose­nior (Brent­ford)... Garry Thomp­son (Bris­tol Rovers)... and to a cer­tain ex­tent, even Sky pun­dit Chris Ka­mara was one-time man­ager of Brad­ford City (1995-98) and Stoke City (1998).

The afore­men­tioned Hughton was also in charge at New­cas­tle United (2009-10), Birm­ing­ham City (2011-12) and Nor­wich City (2012-14) be­fore tak­ing charge at Brighton, while pre­vi­ously Curle had bossed Mans­field Town (2002-04), Notts County (2012-13) and Carlisle United (201418).

Some sup­port­ers will say that the man­ager/head coach of their club is from an Asian/African/West In­dian back­ground. Rightly so. And here’s a fact: of all the 92 ‘League’ club man­agers in of­fice right now, 48 are English-born, eight come from Scot­land, seven are Welsh and three Ir­ish, with the other 26 com­ing from 14 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, in­clud­ing six Spaniards, three Ital­ians, three Ger­mans and three Por­tuguese.

Sol Camp­bell

Ruud Gul­lit

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