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    Summer 2011 Wish List: Your Ins and Outs (Transfers)

    A Belgian club would probably pay something for Jovanavic, if not a Russian club probably would too. The problem would be his wage demands. I reckon a Greek team would pay a nominal fee for Kyrgiakos. You are right on Cole, can only see Spurs, West Ham or Newcastle being interested. But I think we should give him another season anyway
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    Summer 2011 Wish List: Your Ins and Outs (Transfers)

    Out: Konchesky (£2m), Jovanovic (£2m), Kyrgiakos (£1m), N'Gog (£3m), Aqualani (£13m), Skrtel (£8m), Poulsen (£1m), Maxi (£3m), Eccleston & Other fringe players (£2m) I make that £65m for signings In: Sanchez or Hazard (£20m), Adam (£7m), Hangeland (£8m), Adam Johnson or N'Zogbia (£12m), Baines (£12m), and the remaining £6m or so on a CDM and an out and out winger to fill squad places.
  3. I've said it before but I think Hangeland is the perfect signing for us. I think one of only 2 or 3 strikers capable of beating him in the air we already own, is capable on the ground, and is experienced. I actually think he is the right age for us as well, as we have got 3 or 4 youngsters who could go on to play CB, but aren't ready yet, so he would be the perfect transistion player until they are ready in 3 or 4 years. If we were to pay big money for Cahill for instance, it would be very difficult for more than one of Kelly, Wilson, Ayala or Wisdom to break through at CB, and would probably end up having to sell 1 or 2 of them for relatively cheap as they would want to get playing time. If we go for Hangeland, he would be cheaper now, and gives 2 of those 4 the chance to make the position their own as Carra will be gone, Agger will be in a wheel chair, and Skrtl will have brain damage from mistiming headers, and would probably increase all of their values as well as they would all be more likely to have playing time to show their worth. So rather than his age going against the 'Moneyball' principles that I 've seen people say when he's been mentioned, he is actually a perfect Moneyball signing due to the talented young players that we have coming up through the ranks. EDIT: See some people have mentioned similar points whilst I was in a meeting between starting and finishing my post, but I'm posting any way.
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    Arbeloa interview in The Guardian.

    Great interview I thought. I miss him and his goal celebration. This bit made me chuckle "White and in a bottle, as we say. It was obvious." If only he had pulled out the priest on a mountain of sugar, would have made my day! That article also links to this one, which I thought was a good little read, would have been funny to see them in their Enlgand shirts. Alvaro Arbeloa hopes to keep firm grip on Tottenham's Peter Crouch | Football | The Guardian Alvaro Arbeloa hopes to keep firm grip on Tottenham's Peter CrouchThe Real Madrid defender's PlayStation alter ego is the Spurs striker, but now he has to face him for real in the Champions League quarter-finals When Alvaro Arbeloa, takes on his Spain team-mates on PlayStation he always plays as England and always sticks the Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch on up front. When the final whistle blows on Tottenham Hotspur's visit to the Bernabéu on Tuesday night, Alvaro Arbeloa will head straight for Peter Crouch and ask his former Liverpool team-mate to swap shirts. When the final whistle blows on Real Madrid's visit to White Hart Lane eight nights later, he will do the same. One Crouch shirt is not enough: Arbeloa is after two. It is not because they are friends – Arbeloa describes Crouch as a "fenómeno" but he says that he has not spoken to him since the Champions League quarter-final draw – it is because he needs it. And because Raúl Albiol does too. When the world champions meet, it is not unusual to find two white England shirts among Spanish red and blue, cheering on Inglaterra. Who says England played no part in South Africa? "During the World Cup we were on the PlayStation constantly," Arbeloa smiles. "It was always el Chori [Raúl Albiol] and me against Sergio Ramos and Jesús Navas. They were Spain, we were England and it got pretty intense. We always put Crouch up front – and he scored loads. We bought ourselves England shirts. You'd be there in the Spain hotel and there were two guys in white, "Gerrard" and "Crouch" on the back. "Spurs might not be as famous as Chelsea or Manchester United but they will be very dangerous," he continues. "I wasn't pleased with the draw because it was easy but because I wanted to play in England. And when I saw Spurs, I said to el Chori: 'We're going to get Crouch shirts, so we can play in them – real ones, this time.' It'll be a bit big on me, but still ..." First, though, Arbeloa's side must stop his alter ego. The Tottenham striker has scored only two league goals this season but it is different in Europe, where he has seven in nine games. In total, he has scored 28 in 55 European games. He also has 22 in 42 England matches. Then there's the ability to bring others into the game: he has provided three Champions League assists. "Maybe in England they're more used to players like Crouch," Arbeloa says. "Players who are tall, strong, good in the air. England is much tougher, physically. They know how to deal with players like Crouch. In Europe, it is harder to face him. Centre-backs don't like it – that could be an explanation for the difference. "We believe we're ready for that because we have players who are strong in the air and Ricardo Carvalho has played in England but we can't play to Crouch's strengths. We have to push the defensive line as high as possible, to keep him away from the area. He's tall but not that quick. We can risk giving him space in behind but we can't risk him receiving in our penalty area: that's where he causes problems, with knockdowns, second balls and headers. "Spurs suit him. They are a side who are characterised by the width and speed, and deliveries into him – [Aaron] Lennon and [Gareth] Bale are the key, although I also admire [Luka] Modric and [Rafael] Van der Vaart, who I think would have played a big part if he had stayed here. And yet, they have alternatives too. You think about Crouch and then they go and play [Jermain] Defoe, which completely changes their approach. Spurs are a team with many faces." They are a team who Van der Vaart famously said play with freedom because Harry Redknapp does not "bore" players with "tactics". Arbeloa, who worked with the ultimate tactician in Rafa Benítez, laughs. "Well, it's not good to bore anyone with anything. If a coach is pesado [heavy going] a player can tie himself up and doesn't have the freedom to play. What I see is a Spurs team that's open, happy, exciting – that will play and let play." "But," Arbeloa adds, "I think that's been exaggerated. I'm sure they work on tactics. Besides, I heard Harry say they will be more defensive against us here. They know, like we do, that the order of the matches conditions everything. With the second game away, we're the ones obliged to go for it. "Against Lyon we protected ourselves in the first leg; now, we have to get a lead. We don't want to have to go to White Hart Lane needing to rescue the tie."
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    Matt Jarvis

    Exactly what I think. I reckon we will generally be lining up in a 433 type formation next season with a marquee signing alongside Carroll and Suarez, but with Carroll in the team I think Kenny will also want the option to 442 with proper wingers, who are more squad players then first XI. Jarvis fits that bill perfectly, and it seems Marveaux could be the one on the left. I would still like N'Zogbia personally (as the squad player, not the marquee signing), could play as both the 3rd player in the 3 or as an out an out winger. We need a great squad with options to have a chance of winning things, not just a First XI, and not everyone in that squad needs to be world class.
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    Dani Pacheco to Norwich loan?

    April 25th, Norwich Vs Derby and Patches up against Ayala. Should be interesting, I'm sure they'll both want to get one up over the other one.
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    Dani Pacheco to Norwich loan?

    Another positive is with them being in a good position, if they can get promoted then I would have thought there would be a real good chance of a season long loan next season if he impresses, and he will then get the chance to play week in week out in the Prem for a season before coming back to us the following year a much improved player. And even if we decide he is not good enough for us after that, it would put him in the shop window and increase his value.
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    Youth Cup tomorrow

    I thought that strong and fast players are just told to run up and down the wing ;)
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    Black managers...where are they?

    This thread is about the lack of black managers in professional football, there are only 2 black managers in the whole football league of 92 clubs. There is no reason to expect to see black managers at the top clubs, just the best managers whatever colour. But one would expect to see a more than 2 black managers, whether they are infact good or bad, in the whole of the football league due to the amount of black players in football over the last 30 years at all levels. It is clearly not representative, and that is what the issue is. Why are you going on about top managers when that is not the issue? So now we know you have been having a different conversation from everyone else, perhaps you could answer why you think there are a lack of black managers in the whole football league? Is it still because they tend to be fast and so don't think about the game as much? Perhaps because average players have to start lower down as they aren't given the opportunity that the great players are given to manage their first club. So from the modern game these players are still working their way up. But there are loads of average players who could become great over time and given the right chances, Martinez at Wigan, Owen Coyle, Moyes, Di Matteo, Gus Poyet, Lee Clark, Simon Grayson, Eddie Howe, Karl Robinson etc. Many of the great managers now were players from the pre modern game, but many were average players, so from the "younger" ones you are talking, Benitiez, Ancelotti, Mourinho, and from the older ones you have Ferguson, Wenger, and Capello, who were all average players by all accounts. I am not suggesting it would not give him a good footing, where have I done that? I am saying that it doesn't mean he will be a good manager. I think he doesn't have the personality to be a good manager in my opinion as he is quite shy and reserved, does not like to be in the public light etc, he lacks the mental side of it that is required. Carra could make a good manager as he eat, sleeps, drinks football and seems to have the drive to do it. It does not mean he will be a good manager though, as there is a hell of a lot more to it than type of player.
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    Black managers...where are they?

    I realised that, but it was a slow day at work. He reminds me of that Kenny's Spell is a Bell or whatever his name is, are they infact the same?
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    Black managers...where are they?

    Is Pulis a bad manager because he plays direct football? No. Does playing for Pulis mean that you won't be a good manager because you have not played Tika-taka football? No. Being fast and told to run up and down the wing all day has nothing to do with whether you think about the tactical side of the game or not, whether you listen to what the coaches are saying, in general or to other members of the squad, or whether you ask the coaches why the team is doing things in a certain way, whether you watch as much football as possible to see how other teams play, and it has nothing to do with whether you would be a good manager or not. Being a Paul Scholes type player, who controls the pace of the game, who thinks about the position of team mates and what the best pass would be, who links defence and attack, and who has fantastic technique equally doesn't mean they would be a good manager. I think Scholes would be a shit manager actually. It is not the physical qualities, nor the style of player, nor the style of the teams they have played for which determines if someone would be a good manager, it is the personal/mental qualities. That has nothing to do with their colour.
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    Black managers...where are they?

    If I was a professional sportsman, I would hope that I would work at my weaker aspects, and I think many top athletes would be the same, it could be what differentiates the best from the average. So I think it is wrong to presume that because someone is fitter, they are less likely to work on their reading of the game, I would say there is a good chance of the opposite. But a person's race should not come into it whether you think one way or another, as it is neither here nor there.
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    Black managers...where are they?

    I did not say that you said those things either, but you do not need to say those things for a comment to have some derogatory undertones to it. And I agree that black players tend to be fitter, stronger and faster. But that has nothing to do with ability to be a manager. What you have said is that as black players (although it doesn't matter if black or white really, the same could be said about Ronaldo for instance, who is fitter and quicker than most) rely on physical attributes, such as speed, is less likely to be a good manager because they will not have worked on the tactical side. But these attributes have absolutely nothing to do with whether the player works on the mental side of things or not, or how tactically aware they are. Its like me saying, and to use one of the players you mention, that because Alonso reads the game so well and has good technique, that he is less likely to work on the physical side of his game. But there would be no basis for me to make that assumption. By saying "Black players are usually physically fitter, faster and stronger in general than white players and maybe for this reason they over rely on these aspects and don't develop the mental side of their game as much, so maybe this explains why they don't go into or do well in management." you are linking a person's physical abilities with their mental fortitude and intelligence, but there is no link, and by using the generalisation of a black person's physical abilities, you have brought a person's race into it.
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    Black managers...where are they?

    You are not being racist in the sense of hating a particular race, or that you are superior, which is what most people take as being racist. However you are using stereo types and sweeping generalisations by saying that black people are fitter/stronger/faster, ergo do not have to work on the mental side of the game, therefore they don't work on the mental side of their game, thus are not likely to make good managers. But you are making a massive presumption that just because someone relies on pace as their main asset that they don't work on the mental side of their game and therefore don't think about the tactical side of things. Now you may think that this is not being racist, however if your viewpoint is shared by those that employ the managers, which I think is quite possible, then this provides a massive barrier to black people getting getting a job as a coach or manager, and so in a very subtle way a group of people are being restricted due to their race. The knock on effect is that if black players think this, then they are inlcined to not bother trying to become a coach/manager themselves, as what is the point. You may still not see your view as being racist, but if you look at the definition of a racist you will see various forms Racist | Define Racist at Dictionary.com rac·ism   [rey-siz-uhm] –noun 1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. 2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination. 3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races. You are basically saying that as black players are more reliant on being fast/strong/fit, that they tend not to work on the mental side of the games, and so are less likely to make a good manager, which is basically the bolded part of the definition above. Now, I am not saying that you are a racist, and I don't think you are in terms of point 3 in the definition, or even the unshaded part of point 1, and I am not trying to cause an arguement, but I am trying to show how your view is of a more subtle, ingrained type of racism that, when shared by many, can limit the opportunities available to people of different races. And anyway, as I said in an earlier post, I don't think the style of player necessitates being a good manager or not. Ferguson, a bruising centre forward by all acounts, Bruce, McCarthy, Alardyce were no nonsense centre backs, Hughes was a physical forward
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    Black managers...where are they?

    Dunno if it is the first thing you identify (but its not the first thing I identify about Scholes or Carra either), but game intelligence was/is an important factor for all the below I think Barnes Des Walker Paul Mcgrath Thuram Desaily Makele Viera Sol Campbell Rio Ferdinand Paul Davis Gullit Rijkaard Seedorf Kanu But I don't think style of play as a player is really a big factor in being a good manager anyway, the list of Premierleague managers is made up by quite a few no nonsense burly defenders and strikers.
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    Black managers...where are they?

    And I think this is the Footy Focus one I may have been confusing the Newsnight one with. This was from 2007 BBC SPORT | Football | Focus: Football's black mark English football's claim to be fair and equal is fatally undermined by the current plight of the country's black coaches. These statistics show the scale of the problem: Less than 1% of senior coaching staff at the 92 league clubs are black - even though more than 20% of players are. Only two managers - Macclesfield's Paul Ince and Torquay's Keith Curle - are not white. Just two of the nine most highly-qualified black coaches in the country - all of whom have better qualifications than Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate - currently have jobs in the league. Since its inception in 1992, there has never been a black English manager in the Premiership - even though about 25% of its players are not white. Jean Tigana managed Fulham and Ruud Gullit was in charge at Chelsea and Newcastle, but there has not been an English black manager in the top flight. Garth Crooks, the BBC broadcaster, former Tottenham striker and football adviser to the Commission for Racial Equality, describes the situation as "appalling". "Football should be ashamed of itself," he told BBC Sport. "Bearing in mind the self-confessed tolerance of English football today, it's shocking that Paul Ince and Keith Curle are the only black managers in the league. "We're certainly not in a position where we can afford to exclude a whole section of society from coaching and management." WHY ARE THERE SO FEW BLACK COACHES AND MANAGERS? RECRUITMENT The University of Warwick's Sue Bridgewater, who has carried out extensive research on black coaches and managers, says: "There is a general view that they are not being given the same opportunities as their white counterparts." Crooks says the different opportunities given to former Manchester United team-mates Roy Keane and Paul Ince highlight this. They were two of the finest central midfielders of their generation and captains of their country. Yet Keane was handed his first managerial job at Championship side Sunderland, while Ince was passed over for a Championship job before taking over at Macclesfield, who were bottom of League Two. "One is at the bottom of the league and the other is near the top," Crooks said. "Why is that? "Is it because people are more comfortable with Roy Keane, his culture and the way he looks and talks? "The view among black footballers used to be that they had to be much better than their white counterparts to get in the team. The same seems to be true of black managers now." Viv Anderson, England's first black international, now runs his own business after becoming disillusioned at the lack of opportunities to become a manager after eight years as assistant at Middlesbrough and a season before that as boss at Barnsley. He describes football as "an old pals act, a closed shop where chairmen appoint managers they know and are comfortable with, and the managers choose their own backroom staff". When you consider that there is not a single black chairman or director at any of the 92 league clubs, this suspicion is not surprising. Crooks describes the way that some clubs recruit their coaching staff as "bordering on the medieval". "People should be allowed to be interviewed and properly assessed, based on their record and CV, just as they are in most other walks of life," he says. "As an example, I know two reserve-team coaches who have recently been appointed without even having the qualifications. No other industry in the world would appoint on that basis." Bridgewater insists that most clubs do now use the same recruitment techniques as industry. She cites the example of Coventry, who employed recruitment consultants, sifted through CVs and interviewed candidates before appointing Iain Dowie earlier this week. Yet there are exceptions. A spokesman for Leeds United admitted Dennis Wise had been appointed without any other candidates being interviewed for the post. "The chairman thought Dennis was the right man for the job," he said. And managers often bring their own backroom staff with them without going through a formal recruitment process. Jason Galbraith Marten, a self-employed barrister specialising in employment and discrimination law, says clubs are leaving themselves open to legal action if they use such a recruitment process. "The code of practice of the Commission for Racial Equality recommends what you should do to have a fair and transparent recruitment procedure," he said. "If you failed to follow this, it would strengthen your case at a tribunal. If successful, you could claim compensation for injury to feelings and loss of earnings." NOT ENOUGH CANDIDATES Despite the shortfalls in the recruitment processes of many clubs, Notts County striker Jason Lee says black coaches themselves are partly to blame for their plight. The former Nottingham Forest forward is in the twilight of his career and beginning to take his coaching badges. "I don't think enough black players are pushing themselves," he told BBC Sport. "I think more internationals, some of the better players, should be pushing themselves. I don't think enough of them have done the badges and put the time and effort in. "I'm frustrated with some of my black colleagues who don't give it a real go. It's easy for me to say at the minute, because I haven't applied for these jobs yet and been given knock-backs. "But if I start to get rejected in favour of people less qualified than me then I'd start to break it down and wonder why I wasn't getting the job. "If you can't find any reason, it's easy to say 'well I'm black and he's white'. I think that's just the way of the world and some people just need a reason." Former Newcastle and England striker Les Ferdinand is currently taking his Uefa B coaching licence and told BBC Sport "you don't see black faces on the courses". Brendon Batson MBE, one of the first top black footballers and now a consultant to the Football Association on issues of equality and diversity, says a lack of role models is a big problem. "There haven't been any role models for young black coaches, which has led to a mindset among black players of 'this isn't for us'," he told BBC Sport. Crooks says this is because he and Batson are part of a "lost generation" of black coaches - players who made the breakthrough into English football in the 1970s and 1980s yet were never given the chance to move into management. For example, Crooks says former England international Cyril Regis - who was one of the "Three Degrees" at West Brom in the 1970s - became an agent after failing to make the breakthrough into management. "He wasn't even given the courtesy of a reply when he applied for jobs," Crooks says. "I made the decision a long time ago that I would be better off making a career in broadcasting rather than management. "I don't see why I should suffer the humiliation of not even getting a reply." BEING PREPARED John Barnes, the finest black player of his generation, was held up as the great hope for black managers. He was handed a massive opportunity when he was named manager of Scottish giants Celtic in June 1999, but lasted only eight months after a disastrous run of results including a Cup defeat by Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Barnes was eager to move back into management, and even coached for free at Swindon for a while, but was not given a second chance and now works as a television presenter. Barnes was not given another management opportunity after Celtic Ferdinand says he is angry that Barnes was not given another opportunity. He told BBC Sport: "People say he wasn't ready for that job. But there are plenty of Caucasian managers who weren't ready for jobs, failed, and were then given another chance. "John was a fantastic player, is intelligent and thoughtful, and will have learned from his experiences at Celtic. But he seems to have been thrown on the managerial scrapheap." Yet Bridgewater has a statistic that 55% of first-time managers never work again. So the resounding message is that when a job comes up, you have to be ready for it. As well as Ferdinand taking the Uefa B course, three of the 21 coaches currently taking the Uefa Pro Licence course - Iffy Onuora, Keith Alexander and Leroy Rosenior - are black. WHAT IS BEING DONE? The CRE published a report on racial equality in English football in October 2004 entitled "It's Everyone's Game". It was highly critical and prompted the sport's governing bodies to confront the issue. Yet, ironically, there were more black managers in the league - three - then than there are now. The Premier League introduced a "racial equality standard", which 14 of its 20 clubs have signed up to. The Football Association points out that the coach of its women's team, Hope Powell, is black, as is recently-appointed England under-16 and 19 coach Blake. Yet the Professional Footballers' Association seems to have been the most proactive in ensuring that there are more black coaches and managers in the future. It set up a black coaches' forum, headed up by former Arsenal midfielder Paul Davis, in the wake of the CRE report. Davis contacts black players as they near the end of their career to find out if they want to pursue a career in coaching. He then gives them advice and information about getting their coaching badges and qualifications, lets them know about job vacancies, helps with CVs and interviews, and encourages them to go to games and network. Former England full-back Earl Barrett told BBC Sport: "I thought I had no chance of becoming a coach when I finished playing, because there were so few black managers in the game. "But the forum encouraged me to try and gave me hope. They encouraged me to keep busy and go to games. Now I'm getting qualifications (he has completed a sports science degree and is now looking into taking his Uefa B badge) and hope to get a foot in the door." Bobby Barnes, the PFA's London representative, says Barrett is part of a new generation of black coaches who will be qualified to manage at the very highest level. Bridgewater says the aim must be for there to be the same proportion of black managers as there are players, which would mean about 18 of the 92 clubs having non-white bosses. "Steps are now being taken and black coaches are becoming highly qualified. The issue is out in the open and steps are being taken to correct it." She, Barnes and the governing bodies believe there will be more black managers in the future. Yet Keith Alexander, who led Lincoln to four consecutive play-offs before having a short and inglorious spell at Peterborough, thinks it will take a bigger change. He told BBC Sport: "How many black chairmen or board members are there? I don't know of any. "How many of the FA coaching courses are run by black people? Only Noel Blake. "It makes you think it will take a black owner with plenty of money, who comes in and appoints a manager, or someone like Paul Ince going through the divisions for a black manager to get a chance at the highest level."
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    Black managers...where are they?

    This is the one I meant, it was from newsnight back in 2004 and transcript is below. I've highlighted a part for WrongIslander BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight | Black football managers Black football managers The kindly clichés about English football, the beautiful game of the people, took another knock. For "people", read "some of the people". One professional footballer in four is now black. But fewer than one in every 30 clubs has a black manager. There's also a dearth of black coaches and administrators. The watchdog Independent Football Commission said many believe this is clear evidence of institutional racism. Peter Marshall investigated with some of English football's black stars. Watch the interview COLIN KING: Get a partner. Get one ball between two. As you approach your partner. I'll will show you what I want you to do. Ready. First of all I'm going to say take and I'll take the ball... PETER MARSHALL: Colin king is a football coach with all the FA's qualifications but no job. So turning a negative into a positive, he's got a PhD out of it. The academic title, Institutional Racism in Football Coaching, Management and Administration. KING: They've been quite awful actually, I mean at 17 years of age I tried to get into a professional club and was told that niggers couldn't be in the game and so I went down the coaching route and I got all the qualifications. I wrote to a lot of clubs asking for coaching jobs, nobody ever responded. I had a lot of racist experiences when I went on coaching courses. I was called a black Hitler, I had a chip on my shoulder, I was difficult, I was uppity. PETER MARSHALL: John Barnes is a football idol, a superstar, one of the most talented ever to play for England. He had one brief spell as a football manager, that was four years ago, since then, nothing. JOHN BARNES: I have tried for about four or five jobs, I have applied for jobs and I've also had Graham Taylor and Terry Venables who I've worked with, and who of course you would think if they phoned clubs up.. MARSHALL: England Managers. BARNES: ...England Managers, to recommend me even for an interview, not necessarily to be given the job. And that has not brought anything, not even, not even an interview. MARSHALL: Do you think you might be aiming too high? BARNES: Well, if I'm aiming for a second division club, the only other alternative is either third division club or the conference. I know Luther Blisset, I know so many other England internationals have been turned down from Third Division clubs so, I don't know how much lower we can go. Maybe we should go into the Sunday league, possibly? MARSHALL: It's a mystery, isn't it this? BARNES: It's not much of a mystery, no. MARSHALL: Along side the superstar, John Barnes and the coach and academic, Colin king, there are at least two generations of successful black footballers, conspicuous by their absence from the running of the game, from coaching and managerial jobs. These are people with all the right qualifications to be football bosses, apart from the colour of their skin. There are 92 premier and Football League clubs in England and 20 to 25% of the players are from ethnic minorities, but only three of the managers are black. They are doing well, but in the bottom division. The players union, the PFA has found that while 73% of white players are keen to remain in the game after retirement, even more, 76% of black players want to stay on, yet their opportunities are restricted. It took 30 years for black players to be regarded as simply footballers, to beat the racism of the crowds. In the vanguard were two England strikers, Luther Blissett and Cyrille Regis. Since retirement, both have worked as coaches, but never got the chance to manage. Today Regis has given up to become an agent while Blissett has been out of work for 15 months. LUTHER BLISSETT: You know you've done well in the interview, because you know if you've cocked it up or not, just like on the football pitch, you know when you've cocked it up. You are honest with yourself. Then you don't even get anything after, a letter to say no or whatever. That's it. That's the end of it. Things like that, that is hard sometimes to understand why that can happen. CYRILLE REGIS: As a player it's tangible. You can hear the racist chants, you can see the letters, you can see the bananas on the pitch and you can react to it, but when you are going for jobs and interviews and putting your CV's in and job applications, you can't really tell somebody's heart where they're coming from, what prejudices they have inside of them. BLISSETT: Often you get letters back, and you'll either say, yes we'd like you to come for an interview, which I've had on a couple of occasions and the others you sort of get, maybe we are looking for somebody with a bit more experience, which is a bit of a slap in the face for somebody that's played at the various levels in the game that I have played and played at some of the clubs in the countries that I've played football in. MARSHALL: The only black managers to be appointed in the Premier League and both are now gone were the Dutchman Ruud Gullit and Jean Tigana from France. World stars, their international status transcending race. Given the current football fashion for importing managers, it's harder for English-born bosses to get jobs if they are white, when they are black... KING: I have done a lot of research, and you speak to two white managers and white coaches and I think there is a thing called the "comfort zone" that white managers and white coaches probably are much more comfortable working with white coaches and white managers, based on their personal friendships and their relationships outside of the game and they're maybe not so comfortable working with people who they have played with but maybe not built up that type of close relationship outside the game. MARSHALL: So it's a friendship thing in some ways? KING: I think definitely it's a friendship thing. You ask most players, any top manager or coach, they will pick people based on who they know, rather than what they know. MARSHALL: It was 1999 when Kenny Dalglish, the new technical director at Glasgow Celtic, introduced his friend and protégé John Barnes as his choice of manager. BARNES: Kenny Dalglish was taken as technical director and he insisted on me coming. He trusted me, he knew me, we'd worked together before so he had belief in me. And although we won 12 of the first 13 or 14 matches, I realised very early on that you know if I lost a couple of matches, because everyone there wasn't fully behind, or wasn't, not necessarily supportive, they were supportive while I was there and they were behind me when I was there but they weren't all in favour of the appointment. So I knew that because they are not in favour of the appointment if I lose three or four of the matches that will just reinforce, yes, we've got the wrong man. KING: I think John Barnes' situation for me is what I call the one theory, black players are given one chance and that's it. I think John Barnes is a very interesting situation, here is a black player, that we've been told that he is probably the best role model we have had for 20 years, and if he makes it we can do it anywhere. The fact that he didn't make it at Celtic, maybe implicitly saying that black players are not ready at the moment. MARSHALL: John Barnes was sacked after only eight months and some poor results. You are not suggesting there was racism involved in Celtic's decision? BARNES: Not at all. In fact my Englishness seemed to be more of a problem than my blackness up there! But no, in no way was I accusing Celtic of racism but we are talking of the dynamics of when a black manager is at a club. In many respects it is unconscious. You know it's unconscious, you say to people, you tell people your ideas it is unconscious in terms of you can see do they actually believe what you are telling them. That is what I'm talking about. Not necessarily the Chairman, the directors, it's everybody concerned with the club. Ricky Hill was at Luton, as much as everyone loved Ricky as a player and may have loved me as a player, when you become a manager do they actually have the belief in what you are telling them? MARSHALL: Ricky Hill survived only five months at Luton and his assistant, the first black man to be a fully accredited FA national coach lasted just three months. He has now had to go to America for work. For all its claims to modernity there are some old fashioned attitudes in the world of football. Two apparently forward-thinking Chairman I spoke to referred to their coloured players with whom they have no problem. At the FA, which set up an equity unit over a year ago they've still no idea whatsoever, how many black players are taking coaching badges. It will be this summer before they even start collecting the figures to tell them how big a problem they have got. Paul Davis is South London born and a North London hero. He won a host of medals and cups with Arsenal, today he is working part-time for the players union. Puzzling over why there are so few black coaches in football. PAUL DAVIS: The FA have got no black coaches at the moment, I believe, in the professional game within the structure of the FA, that's the governing body of football. MARSHALL: So that's the message being sent? DAVIS: So People look at that. They think, well 30 years down the line, we have had some great players who have come through the game, all interested in getting involved in football and coaching. MARSHALL: In fact the FA say that two of their 18 full-time coaches are black. One is a woman with the women's squad, the other coaches the learning disabilities team. Today's report from the Independent Football Commission says on race,"the football authorities need to place a much firmer emphasis on results... The FA in particular must raise its profile and put a much stronger emphasis on action and outcomes as opposed to plans and intentions." But how to set targets and change the make-up of individual football clubs? They will choose who they think is the best man for the job. Despite qualifications, they will say that it comes down in the end to personality, that such and such is probably a better manager then so and so, therefore we'll go for him? DAVIS: Well, there is no point in having qualifications then or going for all these courses because if at the end of it the clubs are going to be able to dismiss that, and forget it, well what's the problem, we don't need to look at that because we are going to choose somebody because of this, then the whole process is going to be flawed. MARSHALL: Paul Davis speaks from bitter experience. As a junior coach at Arsenal, he recently found himself passed over for promotion in favour of a less-qualified colleague. After 26 years with the club he resigned. His case is now at arbitration, one more black coach lost to the game. With English football about to enter a new era with the new Wembley Stadium, the game's image needs remodelling too. Institutional racism may be subconscious, may be unintended but it's still deeply damaging. KING: It just shows you how powerless black players are to change the system. If the black players are under represented as Chairman or directors, they haven't got the financial investment in those structures. They are being excluded and that's how institutional racism operates. BARNES: The stereotype of a black man is that he is a good athlete, therefore, he should be able to run fast, box, sprint, play rugby, play football, we are athletic but can we think? That is the hardest barrier to overcome. BLISSETT: When you get knocked back, if it was week after week, day after day, whatever, you've got to eventually start to suspect there may be something else going on somewhere. It's human nature. It's not because I'm black why I'm saying that. Anybody that knows me knows I have never been one to go down the route, it's because I'm black or whatever. That's never ever been a part of my thinking, and it still isn't even now. That's probably the reason why I still persevere as I do. MARSHALL: After the struggle to gain acceptance and acclaim on the pitch the barriers to get on to the coaches bench still look formidable. This transcript was produced from the teletext subtitles that are generated live for Newsnight. It has been checked against the programme as broadcast, however Newsnight can accept no responsibility for any factual inaccuracies. We will be happy to correct serious errors.
  18. The Woolster

    Black managers...where are they?

    I remember seeing something, I think on Football Focus, with a few black ex players who were coaches or had been tring to get into management (I think Viv Anderson may have been one) and they all said that they basically lost out on jobs to people who had far less experience than them, and were often just not responded to when they applied for a job. I'll try and find it. A great example for me is Paul Ince and Roy Keane, very similar players, similar recors in terms of winning things, similar winning attitutde, one starts his managerial career at Macclesfield in League 2, whilst the other starts at Sunderland, who although only being in the Championship, had just been relegated and have a massive stadium and fan base (relatively speaking) and was given a load of money to spend.
  19. The Woolster

    SUAREZ and CARROLL song

    Oh Carroll, number 9 for the Pool, He scares defenders, And makes them look like fools. We cheer him, as he wins another in the air, You know he's a real man, who doesn't dye his hair. You always know he's gonna score another, And the Kop will sing his name, He's Andy Carroll, The best striker in the game. He will always battle for the redmen The boy from the Tyne Oh-oh-oh Carroll, Liverpool's number 9
  20. Will we sing Sit Down Pinocchio when we play Villa? I'm sure he'll find it funny
  21. The Woolster

    Van der vaart

    VDV has said the other club in for him was not bayern, but us, and he chose spurs due to harry. Definitely a bargain at £8m, but not sure he is the type of player we need as we have a few midfield playmakers now, and he showed during the WC, that he is no winger. Thought that Elia lad who always came on as sub for the dutch looked a player though, and could be perfect for us on the left I am posting from my phone so no link, but Sportinglife is quoting SSN on this.
  22. The Woolster

    Wish Mascher would just fuck off

    In fact reading through Kuyts quotes again he says he is happy at Liverpool, he wants to stay, he is happy to talk about a new contract, and that it is not dependent on whether Rafa stays or not. To me it does not sound like Rafa has had a word in his ear to say he may be leaving and that he wants him to go with. If that was the case he would probably say that there was no rush and that he was concentrating on performing well for the rest of the season or something along those lines
  23. The Woolster

    Joe Cole Song....

    Even though that he is a Londoner We still love Joe Cole Even though that he is a Londoner We still sing his name, when he scores a goal I get a funny feeling inside of me When he beats his man again Even though that he is a Londoner We love our number 10!
  24. The Woolster

    I just had a pint with Aston Villa

    Ha! Had literally just read the words "villa are currently in Dublin for a training camp" on the back page of the metro whilst waiting for the latest topics page to load, then checked my phone and found this thread at the top! I reckon its a sign, not sure what its trying to tell me though. Maybe that I should go to Dublin and get pissed?
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