Premier League clubs agree scheme to increase number of coaches from ethnic minorities
The Premier League clubs have agreed to fund a scheme to help increase the number of coaches from a black or ethnic minority.
A meeting of 20 club chairmen on Thursday agreed unanimously to finance a scheme that every year will see six of 23 coach apprentice places reserved for coaches from BME backgrounds.
A further three places will be given to female coaches and it is hoped the scheme will boost the number of new coaches with the UEFA Pro Licence qualification and from the BME communities as well.
The announcement comes after increasing pressure on the sport to respond to alarming figures of the low number of black coaches and managers in the game.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was yesterday appointed as manager of Burton Albion, making him only the third black manager in the Football League presently.
The FA have come under increasing pressure in recent months to introduce an equivalent of the NFL's Rooney Rule, which states that when clubs are looking for a new manager they must interview at least one person from an ethnic minority background.