QPR have decided that their immediate future lies in the hands of Chris Ramsey, reacting after Harry Redknapp decided that his impending knee surgery would render him incapable of continuing in charge of the relegation threatened side.
Ramsey will now be tasked with managing the struggling London club until the end of the season. Hoops chairman Tony Fernandes has given Ramsey a huge opportunity to prove himself in top flight management and, if he can guide QPR to safety by the end of the season, there will be no reason why he shouldn't be appointed full-time.
Ramsey is a rare appointment in the Premier League and throughout the professional game. He is the only black manager to be in charge of a Premier League outfit and only the sixth black manager in English football's top four divisions.
Pressure now on to deliver
His appointment, and consequent success, could be a huge coup for black managers hoping to make the grade and above all hugely encouraging in a white male dominated role.
Yes QPR will have appointed Ramsey for selfish reasons, as is the way for football clubs, but their appointment will mean a lot to aspiring black managers across the country.
Spotlight falls on Ramsey
Is there really discrimination when the appointment of managers are made? I doubt it because the number of black players involved in football is huge but for some reason there are very few managers who continue their careers in the game.
Why do black players not make the transition from player to manager?
Football has come a long way in driving out racism and the hard work from the authorities looks to have paid off. Now it would be good to have a greater proportion of black managers as validation of that work though, which means whether fair or not there is extra scrutiny on Ramsey's ability to prove his worth as a Premier League boss.
Time for the Rooney rule?
The Rooney Rule, brought in in American Football to ensure candidates from different backgrounds are interviewed for top positions in the NFL. appears to be one option that could be pursued by the authorities in English football.
This was introduced in 2003 across the pond to ensure that for every head coach position clubs had to interview at least one black or ethnic minority candidate and has proved to be a huge success.
Yes ability is needed to be given a job but there is no doubt that there are many black ex-players who can make fantastic managers at all levels, if they are encouraged to do so.
Is it now time for the Premier League and Football Association to act to make sure Ramsey is not a flash in the pan?
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