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Thursday, March 10, 2016

RACISM? Siasia blasts European clubs for not giving black coaches jobs

Siasia blasts European clubs for not giving black coaches jobs

Siasia Interim coach of the Super Eagles, Samson Siasia, has lashed out at European clubs, for not believing in black managers.

Siasia played for French club, Nantes and Lokeren in Belgium, before getting his coaching badges in the United States of America.

The former national team striker, first coached Nigeria in 2010 and has now been reappointed temporarily, after Sunday Oliseh resigned from the role.

“I want to believe that the reasons there are not many black coaches workingin Europe are because the European clubs hardly give us a chance and they do not believe in us,” he said.

“Many of us have not only played at the highest level in Europe, but have excelled, but even when we get our coaching badges there, these clubs still don’t give us the break we need to show what we can do outside the pitch.

“We have many ex-African players with French nationality, but I can only recall (Claude) Makalele who was at Bastia and that was it.

“Where is John Barnes with all he achieved at Liverpool and even though he grew up in England and played for that country? He was not given much of achance there as a coach.

“Where is another black coach, Chris Houghton? Where is he now?

“Many of us have good records as players and then coaches, but because the European clubs do not believe in us, we end up having to do something else.

“And even where they give us a chance, they are quick to dispense with us.

“Something is really not right, but I don’t want to put any name to it.”

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