Former Brighton director Chris Hughton says English soccer has missed out on a”generation” of Asian, black and minority ethnic managers and coaches, partially caused by an absence of role models.
The Newcastle, Birmingham and Norwich boss was sacked as manager of Brighton earlier this season.
He had been praised by League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan for being a”role model for young managers and coaches in the game.”
The, who played with Tottenham, West Ham and Brentford in 1977-1993, insists insufficient action is being taken to try and boost the quantities of supervisors and trainers.
“I came through an era where the understanding of black people within football was great center forwards, superior wingers, fast, strong, but not quite captain or management substance,” he told CNN.
“The disappointing fact is that we have not made this progress, we dropped a generation of really influential black players which could have made quite good supervisors.”
As of the start of this season, Football League clubs now have to interview a minumum of one Asian or ethnic minority candidate for a manager’s position.
Currently, there are only four managers Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves, Sabri Lamouchi in Nottingham Forest, Darren Moore at Doncaster and Keith Curle in Northampton.
Sol Campbell became the first casualty of 2019/20 later he was dismissed after guiding them to League Two safety last term.
“I’ve spoken to many black and white ethnic players over the years who wanted to manage,” Hughton additional.
“They’ve looked for that pathway, and they couldn’t observe those role models which in effect could reveal them a pathway.”