Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho Claims There Is No Racism In Football

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Blues manager believes that racism within English football management is not a problem.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that there is no racism in football amid ongoing calls for the introduction of the NFL’s ‘Rooney Rule’ continue, according to the BBC.

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With only two black managers in the Premier League and Football League, such a rule would require at least one black or ethnic minority candidate to be interviewed for each vacancy.

However, Mourinho rejected that such drastic action is needed by saying: “Football is not so stupid to close doors to people.
“If you are good, you get the job. If you are top, you are top.”

Earlier this week Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor had said that there was a “hidden resistance” from English clubs when it came to hiring black managers.

Carlisle manager Keith Curle and Huddersfield’s Chris Powell are currently the only black managers within the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs.

Over 25% of England’s professional players are black, and former Blackburn boss Paul Ince has called for an introduction of the Rooney Rule to help solve the problem.

And speaking earlier this week, Dan Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and chairman of the NFL’s workplace diversity committee, said that it would be a positive move for English clubs to employ the rule.

“I would tell British clubs that if they would look at this openly they will find this is a positive thing.”
“The plus side of this is you’re increasing your list of people to look at and it would really work. I couldn’t recommend it enough for the teams in Britain.”

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