Manchester City player Raheem Sterling asked in a BBC interview on Monday for more Black managers and coaches in the Premier League. It is not the first time that a first-rate crackman publicly denounces racism in English football and today another voice has risen up in this fight.
Dwight Yorke, former Trinidad and Tobago scorer for Manchester United, says that “today we see how the move from player to coach is really fast. They may not have the same experience, but they are given an opportunity. We only ask that we be given the opportunity. This does not happen, not even for an interview. What else could be the reason? There is no other explanation: it is because you are black. Because there are no black coaches at any level and there is no way that can happen. ”
Yorke won the Premier, FA Cup and Champions in 1999, in addition to other titles, in a perfect season with Sir Alex Ferguson’s United, but not even the recommendation of the legendary Scottish coach has served him, according to himself.
Ferguson, before me, called the directors of the Aston Villa
“It is a fact that I consider Sir Alex Ferguson as a father, I have always said it and I will always say it,” says Yorke. “When I decided to go to Aston Villa, I went to him and told him what I was going to do. He told me what to do and gave me some advice and, before me, he picked up the phone and called the club officials to recommend me. He always told me that anything I needed as a coach would always be there for me. And despite him and his interventions, I still can’t get a job. ”
Aston Villa was Yorke’s first professional team between 1989 and 1998, then moved on to Manchester United (1998-2002), while Blackburn, Birmingham, Sydney FC and Sunderland were his other clubs before retiring in 2009. He later passed the course. coach, but still not exercising.