Hasselbaink: Rooney Rule and lack of chance

Speaking on Monday Night Football , Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink discussed the effectiveness of the Rooney Rule and the lack of opportunity for black managers and players.

The former Chelsea and Leeds striker has previously managed at Royal Antwerp, Burton, Northampton and QPR but has questioned if the Rooney Rule is the best solution to encourage more black players in to coaching.

Hasselbaink also highlighted how black managers and former players are not afforded the exact same opportunities as their white counterparts.

He told Sky Sports : “It is difficult to have that sort of rule. I want to become a manager just because a chairman or an owner of a club believes I am the proper person for that job.

“If I am not the proper person, I don’t want that job. But also, don’t get me in because I am black and it ticks a box, just to make them look good. I have had that feeling before.

“These owners have eight to 10 black players playing for them why not put a black manager in the process without the Rooney Rule? It’s not easy to get in front of people and obtain the opportunity.

“I am not attacking the person and I love to see him where he is now but if you look at Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard, inside their first jobs what they get. That is an opportunity that has been given to them.

“They should go. Don’t get me wrong. They should go. But those opportunities are just perhaps not being given to a Sol Campbell or somebody else who is black and genuinely be a manager.

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“There genuinely lot who have their qualifications. I became told, ‘Jimmy, go to League Double, get yourself in there and show what you will certainly do’. I did that. I was lucky to get a great chairman at Burton [winning the title] and I adored it. But those opportunities excellent small.

“Other black color managers have got that same trouble.

“I think associated with us need to be a little bit more open-minded. Maybe an Rooney Rule is the right idea right now just to get black managers through the entry so that owners can see that expansion interview they are actually alright to talk to.

“Maybe they don’t try out the job but it puts something throughout head for the next time and so on until it will turn into the normality.

“Everyone needs to chip in because there are a bunch of black footballers who can give back in their area but I know a lot of burgandy footballers don’t want to go down why route because they don’t believe they will possess the opportunity. That’s a pity. ”

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