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Sunday 28 May 2017

Dwight Yorke claims racism is stopping him from becoming a manager

Dwight Yorke during his playing days at Aston Villa.
Dwight Yorke during his playing days at Aston Villa.

David Smith

Dwight Yorke claims racism prevents black former players from getting managerial jobs.

The former Manchester United striker says he has completed his coaching badges, but is unable to land a job due to the colour of his skin.

“I’m still looking to get in," the Trinidad and Tobago international told beIN Sports.

"I’ve done all the coaching badges at St George’s and the one thing I find very difficult, let alone get a job, is to even get an interview. I’m finding it very, very difficult at the moment.

“Yes, you are doing all your coaching, all your badges, but then when it comes to getting a job, you are not even getting an interview.

“It’s all about who you know as well, that has to play a role. Despite all my experience of being a player, I’ve never had the experience of being a manager which is a different concept from being a coach”.

Yorke was then asked whether his lack of previous managerial experience or his skin colour were factors in him being overlooked for jobs, and he claimed that both work against him.

“I think there’s a bit of both there. I genuinely think there’s a bit of both," the 44-year-old replied.

“It’s often been discussed, no-one has really taken it up, but I do have a tendency when I speak to everybody, certainly black players who are trying to break into managerial department are coming up against the same concept because of your race.

“You keep constantly hitting a wall, keep constantly not getting anywhere and even with all the noises that I’ve made, I’ve even tried to get in at Villa at this point. What I’m saying is that it would have been nice to just have your thoughts heard.

“OK, maybe you will never get a chance to be a manager but it would be nice to go in there, present yourself, get to know that person and [have them] say, ‘OK, Dwight, we like your concept, but you’re not experienced enough. Go away and do this or do that.".

There are currently no black managers in the Premier League.

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