Raheem Sterling has insisted that to make progress in the fight against racism, there have to be more black manager in the game of football.
The former Liverpool winger has previously backed the recent fight against racism in the wake of George Floyd’s controversial death in USA.
Sterling, 25, recently revealed that the only “the only disease right now is the racism that we are fighting” believes when more blacks can lead top football teams in the world, then the fight against racism will be minimal.
Speaking in a recent interview, Sterling said:
“The coaching staff that you see around football clubs, there’s Steven Gerrard, your Frank Lampards, your Sol Campbells and your Ashley Coles. All had great careers, all played for England.
“At the same time, they’ve all respectfully done their coaching badges to coach at the highest level and the two that haven’t been given the right opportunities are the two black former players.
“The change is being able to speak to people in Parliament, people at the hierarchy at my football club, football clubs across the country, people at the national team of England, to implement change and give equal chances to not just black coaches but also different ethnicities.
Despite huge black players plying their trade in the Premier League, the Manchester City winger said there is no representation of blacks in the Premier League.
“Give black coaches, not just coaches but people in their respective fields, the right opportunity. I feel like that’s what’s lacking here, it’s not just taking the knee, it is about giving people the chance they deserve.
“There’s something like 500 players in the Premier League and a third of them are black and we have no representation of us in the hierarchy, no representation of us in the coaching staffs. There’s not a lot of faces that we can relate to and have conversations with.
“When there’s someone from a black background that can go to the FA with a problem I have within the club, that will be when I know change is happening and not just in my field, also in Parliament.
“Once we do see those numbers shifting, that’s when I’ll be happy and the people will be happy.”
While Sterling is in tune with the recent racism protest, he believes that alone is not going to make a change but a real action is needed.
“The protest is a great starting point, to make your voice be heard,” he said.
“But just protesting alone is not going to make a change in this country.
“It’s how we move on from here. It’s about highlighting things, the society that needs changing, and then acting upon it. We’ve done a lot of talking, and it’s time now to act.”