Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This game will remain black and white

I must admit my disappointment at the English Premier League managers who prove time and again, that they issues with colour. Following widespread racism issues on and off  the field of play that went to the boardrooms and even courts of law, one has to tread carefully here.

Sometime ago, one Newcastle manager faced the chop because his colour did not promote the business of the club in terms of ‘colour TV’. This is a rumour, as we all know. There has been the John Terry, Luis Suarez and the Cluttenburg issues. Again, just rumours as the accused either denied wrong doing or are awaiting vindication. As ti stands, the referee's case has been dropped as it is said no victim came forth, not surprising at all.

Looking over periods of time stretching along the span of the tenure of plenty Barclays Premier League managers, one cannot help but notice how the complexion of the football clubs change with these managers. It could be coincidences.

Most clubs remain entirely white until regime changes. Once the new men of courage come in, the brownness befalls the team and, again, coincidentally with better results or signs of improvements.

Without the specifics, and soon you will know why, you may know already or have noticed the same trends with certain professionals. While fighting the stigma on the outside, there is still the rot of the inside and not only in England.

There has been the argument of the best players not making the best coaches. This gets extended to saying hence they cannot be good black managers. This is stretching a little bit, but show me one successful black manager in top leagues, save for the Frank Rikjaard and Ruud Gullit, who have since disappeared or are just o the edge.

This is despite the black managers who proved pivotal at their many respective clubs since the days of Pele and Eusebio, through to the generation of George Weah and Abedi Pele until the advent of Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba. Here, I am not saying these guys played alone, or that there were no great white players in these eras. 

What exactly is racism in football and who is responsible for its perpetuation or eradication? Until the honesty of the answers is attended to truthfully, this war will be limited to wearing warm up T-shirts, of which some ‘Rio Ferdinands’ may not be amused about.