07-Dec-2017 17:25:20 | The Guardian
While we’re waiting for this one to start, here’s Liam Rosenior’s excellent column from this week, on how we could be losing a generation of BAME coaches if we don’t implement some sort of Rooney Rule into English football.
I remember bumping into a black former team-mate of a mine who’d won the Champions Leagues, league titles and had a career at the very highest level with club and country. When I told him I had the ambition to manage and coach after my career was over he winked and scoffed: “You’ve got no chance of a job!” I’ve seen discrimination as a young boy when my father was turned away from an opposing team boardroom when going to meet his chairman because the doorman said: “There’s no way you are the manager.”
So, for those of you keeping track, that’s a stonking 20 changes made between the two sides from their last league games. As you’ll know, so much so it almost seems pointless for me to mention it, the two who keep their places are Apollon’s Brazilian midfielder Allan and skipper for the evening Fotis Papoulis. Perhaps they’re being punished for some sort of infraction. In case you’re interested, that last Apollon fixture was a 6-0 victory over Pafos, who featured erstwhile West Ham midfielder Diego Poyet in their ranks.
The lowest squad number on Everton’s bench is 41.