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Greg Dyke: We have to address lack of diversity in coaching

Fri 28th Nov 2014 | Football Governance

Greg Dyke wants at least 10 per cent of candidates on FA coaching courses to come from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

The FA Chairman says the whole game has a duty to address the “disappointing” lack of diversity in coaching and administrative positions across Premier League and Football League clubs.

Dyke said: “There are two phases to this. I think football has done pretty well in overcoming overt racism on the terraces and in the stands.

“We now go into the second phase when you have to ask the questions, why are there are so few black coaches, so few black managers and so few black managing directors?

“It is disappointing that at 92 clubs there are only three black managers.

“That’s the next period and I think we can all contribute to changing that.”

Delivering a lecture for the Runnymede Trust at Manchester University, Dyke said that The FA will work to ensure that coaching staffs better reflect the game as a whole.

“In the reorganisation of coaching that is going through, one of the criteria will be at least 10 per cent to be going through FA coaching courses must come from minority ethnic backgrounds,” he said.

“I think that will change the whole position of ethnic minorities in coaching.”

Dyke said that he would support a policy where clubs are encouraged to give opportunities to candidates from BAME backgrounds.

“You’ve got to change the supply of coaches from different ethnic backgrounds at the same time as persuading the clubs that they’ve got to interview them and give them jobs," he said.

fcbusiness discuss the Rooney Rule and the under-representation of BAME coaches and managers in Issue 81 of fcbusiness - you can read the article on page 6 here: http://bit.ly/1C974jx

Posted by: Kev Howland 

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