Emile Heskey has revealed that it is easier for the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard to get juicy coaching appointments because of their “skin color”. Heskey’s former international teammate Lampard is currently boss of Chelsea after one season with Derby County while Gerrard is manager of Scottish giants Rangers. However, Heskey was a subject of racial abuse during his career is more concerned by the lack of BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) coaches working in the Premier League and EFL.
"They are going to get those jobs."
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) September 16, 2019
The 41-year-old believes Lampard and Gerrard are given unfair advantage when the opportunity comes to getting employed in top managerial posts. Speaking to The Times , he said: “I couldn’t tell you why black people had to be bottom-feeders and then others can go wherever and get a job. “100 per cent it would be easier [for Lampard and Gerrard]. They are going to get those jobs. I can only point towards skin colours. “I can point towards medals. Sol [Campbell] has got more than Stevie [actually 6-8 behind but has two titles]. Ashley Cole’s got more than any of them. England’s best player for that era. Ash is being given a chance to get on that ladder with Chelsea under-15s.” Heskey who hung up his boots three years ago is hoping to get a fair chance when he begins his coaching career.
"100% it would be easier (for Gerrard and Lampard). They are going to get those (managerial) jobs. I can only point to skin colour. There's a glass ceiling for black coaches.'' Emile Heskey interview. https://t.co/oFdX8QewAg
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) September 16, 2019