Thursday, April 18, 2013

Taylor confident about PFA's black managers plan

Players' union chief Gordon Taylor insists his body's Coaching Fair Play plan can address the lack of black representation in football management.

The Professional Footballers' Association scheme aims to create panels of suitably qualified candidates for every managerial vacancy.

"We need role models for black managers as we had for players," Taylor said.

"No-one is telling owners who to employ. It is letting them know there are people out there."

The scheme, to be promoted in conjunction with the Football League, has been compared to the 'Rooney Rule' in the United States.

That initiative - named after Dan Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise and chairman of the NFL's diversity committee - was brought in a decade ago to ensure coaches from ethnic minorities were considered for leading positions in American football.

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