Scudamore Misses the Moment On Racism


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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3 Responses

  1. maliniok says:

    Two questions for the author and other advocates of ‘Rooney rule': 1. Do you really believe that if there was a good enough candidate for a manager post he wouldn’t be considered just because he was black? 2. If a club already know who they want – say Man City are employing Mourinho – would it not be an actual disrespect and dishonour for the black candidate to invite him for a meaningless interview just to meet the demands of the rule?

  2. Jason says:

    @ malinok: 1. Not necessarily, but would he be seen to exist? Prior to the implementation of these types of requirements in the American leagues the response to the lack of minority coaches/managers was that there weren’t any qualified candidates. Simply put, owners/club managers failed to even notice their existence to offer that individual the post until in some cases they were forced to do so. 2. There is most certainly that argument and it has been an issue in some hiring processes, i.e. clubs doing the token interview to meet the demands of the rule. But I am unsure whether that would disrespect or dishonour said candidate in each instance, as for some it could be an acknowledgement that they have been tabbed as having potential that could be hired by another club in the future. His/her name would have been added to that “candidate pool” that would be given odds the next go round should he/she not be hired as City hire Mourinho instead and name recognition in these circles would seem to hold some weight in whether an individual has a long-term future in coaching/managing. I guess I’m thinking Paul Jewell here.

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