Fri 05 March 2021 | 15:50

Jobi McAnuff talks about being a black football manager

Leyton Orient interim boss says there are less opportunities for black managers in football.

Jobi McAnuff


Leyton Orient’s

interim head coach after the club decided to dismiss Ross Embleton following his poor performance.

Now McAnuff has talked about his life as a football manager, saying there are fewer opportunities for black football managers.

“I am very aware of it and it is something very, very important to me as a black player firstly and now as a black manager,”

McAnuff said


“I have spoken about the lack of opportunities there are in the wider game, but what I have to say is at this football club, it has never been an issue.

“The board and the directors are massive on equality and giving people opportunities regardless of their race, sexuality or whatever, so again I am fortunate because it isn’t the case across the game. That is a fact and the numbers prove that.

“It is an added incentive to come in and do well. If I can help in terms of the bigger issues at hand, I will always be prepared to speak on it and share my experiences as I go along. It is very important and a big issue for me.

“There are an awful lot of black coaches that I know who are highly qualified, highly experienced, have had the playing career their white counterparts have had and they are just not afforded the same opportunities.”

source: SportMob

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