Former Real Star: Black Managers Give Up Too Easily
Former Real Madrid Star: Black Managers Give Up Too Easily
A former Real Madrid star believes that black coaches give up their search for top positions in football too quickly.
Former Chelsea and France midfielder Claude Makelele is one of four managers of colour in English football at the moment – Chris Hughton, Keith Curle and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink being the others.
The 44-year-old, who was speaking at Leaders in Sports conference and is now the assistant manager of Swansea City, feels that coaches of colour need to be patient.
"I get the opportunities for coaching. I think it is possible. We need black people, people of colour," Makelele said, according to the Daily Mail.
"This is an excuse I think. I tell them: 'You need work. It is a hard job coaching.' I see some of my partners starting to do the class together, and they are stopping. Why? Because it is so hard. You don't have a life.
"Always, always the end is the team. Understand why. Make results. With everything that is happening now, you see a manager loses three games, and he is out. You need to have a passion for doing this job.
"The passion gives everything. One of the problems for people of colour, sometimes he gives up. I tell them: 'You can't give up. You have the qualities to be a manager. You have experience. You are not a player anymore.' I love it."
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