Rio Ferdinand wants to take lead in battle for more black managers

Guardian

• Former defender is taking coaching badges for career in the dugout• Manchester United should employ former stars, says FerdinandRio Ferdinand says that he intends to lead by positive action rather than words as he seeks to break down barriers in football management for black people. The former England defender, who retired in May, cannot fathom why the game in this country features so many black players and so few black managers.He is taking his coaching badges with a view to a move into management in a couple of years and he says that there is an imbalance with regard to the numbers of black people in the profession. Ferdinand thinks the situation will change with a bit of pushing. “Sometimes, it is more than just shouting about it … it is about doing,” Ferdinand said. “If a black guy goes in and gives himself the best opportunity to d...

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