FIFA call for more black managers in Premier League

FIFA call for more black managers in England
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FIFA's anti-discrimination chief Jeffrey Webb calls for an increase in the amount of black managers at the top level in England.

FIFA's anti-discrimination chief Jeffrey Webb has urged the Football Association to increase the number of black managers at the top level of English football.

Just three black managers currently operate in the top four divisions of English football, with Norwich City's Chris Hughton being the sole representative in the top flight. Paul Ince and Chris Powell, of Blackpool and Charlton Athletic respectively, are the only ones in the Football League.

Webb believes that such figures are a long way from reflecting the multi-cultural nature of the Premier League, and has urged the FA to do something about it.

"There's a lot of young players coming through, I understand that more than 30% of the league is made up of people of African descent and over 71 different nationalities playing in the Premier League, but it's not reflected, they're not getting an opportunity [to manage]," Webb told BBC Sport.

"Many of them are becoming very demoralised and these are issues of course that we hope the FA will take on and that of the Premier League. The [English] game must reflect society and the community. It doesn't do so."

Webb recently met Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure to discuss the alleged racist abuse he encountered during his side's Champions League match against CSKA Moscow last week.

Yaya Toure of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on August 19, 2013
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