Living Colour: Ince as a Cult of Personality

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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9 Responses

  1. Dunduks says:

    Why is talk about needing of greater diversity at all ?
    It’s just positive discrimination & PC-going-mad.

  2. John Stokes says:

    Encouraging more candidates from ethnic minorities to interview is not positive discrimination since the best candidate is selected on interview performance and meeting the criteria. It’s about reflecting society at football management level and it’s about time football moved forwards, more ethnic minorities, more women and people with disabilities involved and I can’t see anything wrong with that.

  3. Dunduks says:

    John Stokes –

    There are always “After a thorough interview process including several minority candidates, we opted for a track record of success and have appointed… instead.” possibility and I think world is going for 1984 and every additional regulation is one very, very small step but in that direction.

  4. Richard says:

    Jean Tigana was the first black Premiership manager, was he not?

  5. Richard says:

    Whoops, disregard, you said British as well. :D

  6. Gervillian Swike says:

    It’s something I’m not totally convinced about either. The implication is that there is some institutional racism in football, but given the number of black players, if there is racism it’s selective, and probably not easily explained purely by counting the (admittedly freakishly low) number of black managers in the league. I’m not saying it’s definitely not there, I’m saying that the evidence is a little crude; a low number of black managers as a statistic is not in itself conclusive evidence and the introduction of some kind of positive discrimination wouldn’t be the answer here. We’re not talking here about the presence of black people in the police force, where a diverse ethnic mix is important to their effectiveness, or the civil service, where public bodies have the responsibility and capacity to promote a leading diversity policy. The position of football manager is so pivotal to the success of the club, I find it hard to imagine a club passing over a talented individual because he’s black. I may be wrong though. How does this compare with similar posts in other industries (not just sporting) and is there the implication of racism there too?

    Apropos of the double reference in the title, Living Colour were and still are a cracking band. They’re still around, and still making fantastic records.

  7. Jason says:

    Gervillian: Excellent points–including Living Colour. This is why a potential Rooney Rule as Taylor is suggesting would have complications. If he and the PFA want to pursue the issue further, it seems it might be a more profitable line to start making inquiries at the upper levels rather than trying to fast-track not quite ready for primetime individuals like Paul Ince.

  8. Kofte says:

    To Gervillian, although the evidence appears crude I think it is very telling that, outside of playing positions, there are very few minority/ female staff in and around football clubs. Given it’s the most dominant sport in the UK, it’s not unreasonable to expect it to somewhat reflect the societal make-up which surrounds it. I think football does have a responsibility to promote a diversity policy.

    Your point about clubs not passing over talented black managers makes sense, but the other side of that is there has to be black managers available in the first place. If they do not get any coaching opportunities, it becomes a catch 22. Paul Ince has just become the only unemployed black manager I can think of, whereas I can think of another ten white British managers easily.

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