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Why is Hughton the only black manager in English football?

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It is fair to say Sol Campbell's relationship with the English FA has been better.

The former England defender caused a stir last week with claims that the FA allows 'institutional racism'.

Campbell, 39, also publicly criticised Dyke after the FA chief announced an all-white commission would look into the state of English football.

Meanwhile, well-respected Chris Powell was sacked by Charlton to leave just one black manager among the 92 League clubs.

The news is predictable after the Addicks slide down the Championship table but still depressing. 

In fact, even Norwich boss Chris Hughton - who is now the only black manager in professional English football - looks under threat of losing his job with the Premier League strugglers.

It is a serious problem for English football that 25 per cent of players are black, while only one per cent of these successfully turn to a career in football after retirement. 

Campbell may have simply been aiming to boost sales in his recently-published biography when he claimed that he would have been England captain for 10 years if he had been white.

But the 39-year-old was very close if he was attempting to speak about the lack of time black manager, directors and backroom staff are given to prove themselves compared to white competitors.

Powell remained a hugely popular character around the Valley in his time as first-team manager after his successful career playing for Charlton. He may have deserved more time to turn around the club's fortunes after everything he had done for the club in his career.

The real question is: If he was white, would he have got it?


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