Chris Ramsey's sacking opens debate for contentious 'Rooney Rule'

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Chris Ramsey and Chris Powell were both sacked this week from their duties at QPR and Huddersfield respectively. This now means only four managers of an ethnic minority currently work within the Football League.

This is a sad day for black managers as it is evident the numbers are only decreasing, however, both managers have failed to achieve the results desired by their clubs this season.

It is also clear throughout the leagues that if a manager fails to succeed sufficiently, their job will obviously be at stake.


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It is arguable that coaches from minority backgrounds simply aren't at the sufficient standard. The FA have been urged to discuss the highly contentious Rooney Rule which via legislation requires clubs to interview one Black Minority Ethnic (BME) candidate for a job vacancy.

Arguably the Rooney Rule will implement change and the diversity of league managers will increase, nonetheless, it is ever worrying that legislation must provide equality.

Many aspiring black coaches would welcome a natural change in how clubs operate their hiring processes. However, things must shift naturally and the current trend suggests many coaches are given roles due to who they know instead of focusing on qualifications.

It is clear managers must acquire specific credentials, but if opportunities are hard to come by it is impossible to gain the relevant experience required to work at such a high level.

The fact only five black managers currently operate within the Football League suggests this is an issue. But alternatively, it could be down to the level of skill which is required and a genuine lack of opportunities available.

Frank Sinclair has stated that if people begin to claim managers are being fired or overlooked because of the colour of their skin it becomes more damaging for potential black managers in the future.

This supports the idea that everything is in place to naturally ensure the best suitable candidate is employed, however, the BME figures remain very low and many who work in the game have questioned why.

Altogether, it depends on who the club wish to hire, they have their own right to choose who they employ. Ramsey and Powell's sackings are unfortunate and they must find another job soon in order to continue representing a minority.

There is a feeling things will shift in the next few years as BME coaches continue to aspire to work at the very top level.

Overall, chances will be made available, but this must not happen through legislation, it must happen through merit, determination and a genuine change in approach from clubs and coaches.

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