What a load of cobblers. Apparently they are considering introducing a rule where a club has to interview a candidate from a black or ethnic minority group when recruiting a new manager. How bloody absurd. You can just imagine boards carefully putting together a short list and saying, "Oh and don't forget to add a black guy on the bottom. Any black guy."
Positive discrimination may have its place in ensuring that prejudice and discrimination are addressed in society but it has no place when it comes to the appointment to the top position in a football club. Next they will be telling clubs that there must be a certain number of black players in the team or that there are not enough black keepers in the Premiership. Surely clubs should be forced to play an Asian? What about the differently abled, shouldn't every team include a player with a prosthetic leg? How about the blind, let's put bells in the balls to give blind players a chance and remove the goal posts in case their dogs stop to cock their legs mid match.
West Ham have done their bit by appointing somebody from an ethnic minority - the Jewish Grant - and look where that got us! Appointments should be based on ability only. Full stop. Batson should take his Rooney Rule and shove it where the sun don't shine. Garth Crooks shows what you get when tokenism is employed and who can stand listening to that fat ex Spud pompously opining on the beautiful game? But can the BBC sack him? Can they hell because of the colour of his skin.
A great black manager will emerge in the game based on ability. If Obama can become President of the United States, why do we need artificial devices to lever black faces into football management? The whole concept is demeaning to the very people that it is supposedly designed to help.