Thursday 27 April 2017

'The balances are not right' - Chris Hughton calls for more black managers in English football

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton looks on prior to Brighton's match with Derby County at the Amex Stadium. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton looks on prior to Brighton's match with Derby County at the Amex Stadium. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Jack O'Toole

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has called for more black managers in English football at Tuesday's Black List Awards in London.

Hughton, who is one of three black managers employed at one of England's 92 professional clubs, claims that the time is now right for an increase in the number of black managers in English football and that there is an appetite for change.

"There is no doubt that the balances are not right," said Hughton via the BBC.

"It is going to be about talking around the table as much as possible, highlighting it as much as possible and looking to see change.

"Where I have seen change is at grassroots level and academy level. I think everybody wants to see that at first-team level up through the leagues.

"I do think there is a real enthusiasm to want change."

Hughton is one of three black managers in English League Football alongside Grimsby Town's Marcus Bignot and Carlisle United's Keith Curle.

The former Ireland defender was named the Football League Championship LMA Manager of the Year for last season, and his Brighton side currently sit in second place in the Championship, just one point behind league leaders Newcastle United.

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