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can't get chance
Former Manchester United striker
Dwight Yorke has criticised the lack of
black bosses in football and claims he
cannot get an interview for a manager's
Yorke, 45, said he knew of black former
players who would not do coaching badg-
es as they felt they had little chance of
getting a coaching role.
"If it's not because of the colour of our
skin then tell me what it is?" the former
Trinidad and Tobago player said.
"I'm speaking out about it. Be fair. At
least give us an interview."
Speaking to BBC World Service's World
Football show, Yorke suggested that black
players might have to consider going on
strike to force those involved in the game
to take a serious look at the lack of black
Earlier this month, Grimsby Town sacked
Marcus Bignot, leaving Brighton's Chris
Hughton and Carlisle's Keith Curle as the
only managers from black, Asian and
minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in
the top four divisions of the English game.
In 2014, Paul Ince and Dion Dublin dis-
cussed the issue on Football Focus
"Football is a global sport and black
players have contributed to the global sport
for a number of years," he added.
"Look to the Premier League. Are there
any black managers?
"Look at the Italian league? Are there
any black managers?
"The list goes on."
Yorke won the Premier League three
times at United, in 1998-99, 1999-2000
and 2000-01. He also helped Sir Alex
Ferguson's team win the Champions
League in 1999.
"People like myself, who have good
credibility in the game and played at the
very top level, you'd think would get a job
or at least be given an interview, but you're
not even getting an interview.
"I see managers with my own eyes walk-
ing out of jobs and then walking into jobs,
getting sacked and then walking back into
another job... yet we can't even get an
interview. I see that as not being fair."
Last month, Brighton boss Hughton said
there was a "real enthusiasm for change"
to give equal opportunities for black man-
agers in the English game.
"It is going to be about talking around
the table as much as possible, highlighting
it as much as possible and looking to see
change," added Hughton, who has mas-
terminded Brighton's promotion to the
"There is no doubt that the balances
are not right. Where I have seen change
is at grassroots level and academy level. I
think everybody wants to see that at first-
team level up through the leagues. I do
think there is a real enthusiasm to want
change." (Trinidad Guardian)
Former T&T and Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, left, helps out close pal Russell
Latapy during a national under-17 training session at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, last year.
Yorke speaks out on discrimination in English game
Tendulkar gets a stand in Brian Lara stadium
The North West Stand of the Brian Lara
Cricket Stadium will be named after Indi-
an batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar. But
the move is not sitting well with the pres-
ident of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB)
Azim Bassarath, who is asking what Ten-
dulkar has ever done for T&T or West
Chairman of the Sports Company of T&T
Michael Phillips confirmed to Guardian
Media that the stand would be named after
Tendulkar when the facility is officially
opened next month and insisted that the
decision was one that was made after con-
sultation with Brian Lara.
"Our decision to name the stand after Mr
Tendulkar was done on the advice of Mr Brian
Lara. We have included Mr Lara in our deci-
sion making process in terms of how we roll
out the launch and management of both the
stadium and the academy," Phillips said.
Phillips said it was also one of the reasons
that they were able to convince Tendulkar
to attend the opening and play in the match
carded for the opening.
But Bassarath said he felt it would have
been more appropriate to name the stands
after T&T players who have excelled for the
West Indies or T&T.
He said, "India have so many stadia and I
don't know any of them have stands named
after any of our West Indian greats, so why
must we name a stand after Tendulkar. I
thought there would be stands named after
Ian Bishop, or Larry Gomes or Gus Logie or
even the late Rangie Nanan, not Tendulkar."
Tendulkar is regarded as one of the great-
est batsmen in the history of the game. He
played 200 Test matches, the most by any
player in the history of the game and scored
15,921 Test runs at an average of 53.78. He
holds the record for the most number of
runs in Test cricket and the most centuries.
For most of his career he was in competi-
tion with Lara for the accolade of the best
batsman in the world. Lara is the holder of
the most runs in a single Test Innings (400
not out) and the highest individual score in
cricket of 501 not out.
Bassarath said he was concerned that the
TTCB had not been consulted on the oper-
ations of the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium
and said it was "passing strange" since the
racket centre, the cycling and aquatic cen-
tres were all opened in the last 12 months
and all with input from the representative
He was also surprised to learn that a sep-
arate board would be established to run the
Brian Lara Cricket Academy and not the TTCB.
Phillips said the decision was in no way polit-
ical interference in the operations of cricket
in T&T, but said SPORTT had a responsibil-
ity to ensure that it encouraged the develop-
ment of talent throughout the country.
He said, "We have no intentions of running
cricket. The fact is any organisation can set
up a cricket academy or provide training for
cricketers so we are not usurping the functions
of the TTCB." (Trinidad Guardian)
24 for Grenada
Soca Warriors coach Dennis Lawrence has
included uncapped former national youth strik-
er Jerrel Britto in a 24-man squad which
returned to the training field yesterday.
The squad will be preparing for Saturday's
international friendly with Grenada in St George's.
The game will serve as part of the Soca War-
riors' build-up programme for the two 2018
World Cup qualifiers away to the USA on June
8 in Denver, Colorado and five days later in San
Jose to meet Costa Rica.
In addition to the Honduras-based former San
Juan Jabloteh, W Connection and Ma Pau Stars
striker Britto, Mexico-based defender Yohance
Marshall, Shahdon Winchester and Jomal Wil-
liams; Central FC duo Marcus Joseph and Kes-
ton George, W Connection's Kevon Goddard,
Taryk Sampson of Ma Pau Stars and Club San-
do's Jarad London will all have the chance to
impress Lawrence for the first time since his
Former Asian-based defender Seon Power,
now at Central FC and who was part of the
training squad prior to the World Cup qualifiers
against Panama and Mexico, is also in the train-
ing squad along with Jabloteh's Nathan Lewis,
who missed the Barbados friendly due to club
commitments in the Caribbean Football Union
The others who have featured and included
are experienced goalkeeping duo Marvin Phillip
(Pt Fortin Civic Centre) and Jan-Michael Williams
(Ma Pau Stars), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force),
Triston Hodge (W Connection), Alvin Jones (W
Connection), Carlos Edwards (Ma Pau Stars),
Leston Paul (Ma Pau Stars), Hughton Hector (W
Connection), Hashim Arcia (Defence Force),
Keron Cummings (Central FC), Akeem Roach
(Club Sando) and Jamille Boatswain (Defence
"This international game will be useful in
terms of it being part of the preparations for
our squad ahead of the next set of World Cup
qualifiers in June," Lawrence said.
"It's a good opportunity for myself and
the coaching staff to have a further look at
the players who are on the fringe of World
Cup team selection, also including those who
were involved in the past two qualifying
matches." (Trinidad Guardian)
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