Streatham MP Addresses Lopsided Race Statistics In Football (Namely, Managers)
Streatham MP/Shadow Business Secretary Chuku Umunna recently held a speech in lieu of Black History Month, and had quite a bit to say about race in football.
Currently, a quarter of the league is made up of Black/Asian players, with only 2% as managers and no directors — which, to Umunna, mirrors his father’s position on Crystal Palace’s board in 1992 (and is thus unacceptable):
He was, as far as I’m aware, the only African director on the board of any Premier League Club at the time. Things haven’t changed much in 22 years.
Look at Premier League clubs now and you’ll see most have no people of colour on their boards or in any senior roles.
We can’t carry on like this, this has to change. Can we really say to our young people that we rate their physical ability more than their other talents?
The Labour MP also wishes to incorporate the ‘Rooney Rule’: named after American footballer Dan Rooney U.S. sports clubs must interview at least one minority for manager.
Voices from both inside and outside the game, including PFA chief Gordon Taylor, have said there is a strong case for examining this proposal and whether it can be introduced in English football.
Personally, I have a lot of sympathy for this and would think it deserves consideration.