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Former Manchester United striker, Dwight Yorke in a recent interview on Bein Sport, spoke on how racism has played a huge part in his failure to secure a managerial job.
Despite recommendations from Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the greatest managers in the history of football, Yorke has failed to land a management job. Yorke mentioned how he submitted an application for the Aston Villa management job and didn’t land the gig.

“It’s a fact that Sir Alex Ferguson, has been tremendous and like a father figure. When I applied for the Villa job, I went into his office and told him exactly what I was trying to do. He gave me some advice, he told me what I needed to do and I picked his brain. At the same time, he picked the phone up and rang Villa for me to give his recommendation”.

“He’s always said to me, if I need anything, any recommendation to break into management, he would vouch for me, even to this day. With his help, I still can’t get an interview. I still can’t get an interview to this day.”

“That is what we are facing today”, he further added.

Yorke also expressed his disappointment at the opportunity afforded to white managers with little experience.

“You have seen, on the other hand, white players given that platform with very little experience, straight into management. There is a serious issue here. I’m going to fight this all the way. I’m still very hopeful.”

Since the murder of black American, George Floyd, there have been open protests by celebrities and everyday people, against the maltreatment and racial discrimination of people of color around the world. Dwight Yorke is one of the few sportsmen to talk on their experience of racism, with the hope of improving the fight against racism.

By: Muyiwa Aguda

See also: Alex Ferguson Shows Early Signs Of Recovery

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