Ambassador Brian makes first managerial step
Kick It Out ambassador Brian Deane has joined Norweigan club Sarpsborg as manager.
Brian begins his new role today (3 January) ahead of the start of the new season which begins in March.
He says the lack of black managers in England isnt a factor in his decision to move overseas:
“I’ve not been applying for jobs long enough to find out if [race] is an issue – I’ve just decided to go down the route I’ve gone,” he told BBC Sport.
“I want to be successful and don’t want to have to rely on somebody saying I should be given a chance. I want to be judged on merit.
“I want to be judged on what experience I’ve had as a player and think I must have something. It’s easier for some people – black, white, yellow, green, whatever – to get into jobs than others. People need to be a little more open-minded.”
Deane believes the problem in English football is that only the same pool of people are considered when jobs come up, because of a lack of vision from chairmen and directors who are also worried about upsetting supporters.
“You’ve got to give somebody an opportunity to find out what they are saying before you discount them and that’s where people have failed,” says Deane, who also played for Doncaster, Middlesbrough and Leicester.
But he has been given a chance by Sarpsborg after a conversation with Tore Pedersen, a Norwegian agent who had brief playing spells with Blackburn and Oldham in the 1990s, alerted him to the job.