Finidi George has said that black coaches who are former football stars are struggling to make an impact in the coaching profession, totori news reports.
The former Super Eagles winger now a UEFA licensed coach gave credence to what Dwight Yorke, former Manchester United striker had earlier said, while lamenting his frustrations in landing a coaching job in England, despite the support from legendary Alex Ferguson.
Dwight Yorke informed that as a black former footballer he ‘can’t even get an interview’ for a manager’s job – even with the backing of legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
England and Manchester City star Raheem Sterling spoke out on Monday, demanding to know why white ex-pros get better managerial jobs than their black counterparts.
And now former United striker Yorke has opened up on the struggles of black former footballers trying to get coaching jobs, saying even the recommendation of the most famous manager in the world can’t get him in the interview room.
Yorke said he applied for the manager’s job at his former club Aston Villa, where he spent nine years as a player, scoring 73 league goals in 231 games.
Unfortunately, despite the backing of a glowing reference from his former mentor Ferguson, Yorke wasn’t offered an interview.
And in Nigeria, Finidi has added his voice to the challenges of former football stars of African heritage finding it extremely hard to land a coaching job in Europe and football administrators back home don’t have an idea of what they are going through.
“Dwight Yorke just said the bitter truth about racism. I’ll want to appeal to you guys (media) to push for our brothers,” Findi George said on NSM Sports WhatsApp platform on Tuesday.
“We don’t even have a chance in Europe and we’re struggling in our country because our administrators don’t know what blacks go through in the diapora.
“You guys have the power to change things with such article of Dwight Yorke. I rest my case,” he said.