Current and former players interviews
As part of a new feature series, Paul Mortimer, Kick It Out’s Professional Players Engagement Manager, has travelled across the country to speak to a variety of current and former professionals about the issues most important to them in the modern game.
Eddie Newton - Chelsea FC Loan Technical Coach - March 2016
In March 2016, Paul spoke to Eddie Newton, Loan Technical Coach at Chelsea FC and former player at the club.
In part one, Eddie discussed his role overseeing the development of over 35 squad players, his future ambitions for a management role and the lack of opportunities for BAME coaches in the game.
In part two, Eddie reflected on the values the club tries to instil in young players, overcoming doubts in his own abilities and the impact the English Football League’s (EFL) ‘Rooney Rule’ pilot could have on club owners’ recruitment processes.
Jack Butland - Stoke City goalkeeper - October 2016
In October 2016, Paul visited the Potteries, where he met Jack Butland, Stoke City goalkeeper, England international and one of Kick It Out’s valued ‘Next 20’ Ambassadors who help spread the organisation’s messages of equality and inclusion.
In part one, Paul spoke to Jack about his recovery from injury and why being an ambassador for Kick It Out means so much to him.
In part two, Paul spoke to Jack about his hopes for the future with Stoke and his role in helping Great Britain’s Deaf Women’s Football team attend the Deaf World Cup last June.
Paul Canoville - Former Chelsea winger - January 2016
It’s been almost 30 years since Paul Canoville, the first black player to play for Chelsea, retired from professional football but he remains a busy man. Paul spends much of his time doing charitable work across the globe with The Paul Canoville Foundation, as well as the Guy Mascolo Football Charity.
Away from his educational work, Paul helps out in the hospitality department at Stamford Bridge and even finds time to respond to the frequent media requests to tell his captivating life story.
In January 2016, Paul spoke to Paul Mortimer, Kick It Out’s Professional Player Engagement Manager, about a number of important issues including his charitable foundation, suffering racism as a player at Chelsea, his battle against cancer and drug addiction, as well as the fight to eradicate racism from the modern game.
Read the four-part interview here.