The England manager, Gareth Southgate, believes Raheem Sterling is right to question the lack of coaching and managerial opportunities for BAME candidates.

Gareth Southgate has urged people to speak out against white privilege in football as he described the blocking of pathways for black coaches, managers and executives as the “biggest crime”.

The England manager believes the Football Association is working to make “the boardroom more representative, and that is gender as well as race”. But it is plain that there remains a long way to go and, with the Black Lives Matter movement prominent around the world, he feels it is a “moment for change”.

Southgate opened up as he considered the comments of Raheem Sterling, the Manchester City and England winger, from the beginning of the week. Sterling questioned why Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard had been given high-profile manager jobs after ending their playing careers whereas Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole had not, as he shone a light on the lack of BAME representation in positions of authority in the British game.  Continue reading

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