British football has a long and rich history of black players. While life for them has not always been easy, the long-term trend is of improvement and the hope now is that the same can soon be said for black managers.
Sportsmail charts some of the landmarks:
Circa 1875: Andrew Watson, a full back, is the first black man to play amateur football in Britain for Maxwell FC and, four years later, to play international football, for Scotland against England.
1889: Goalkeeper Arthur Wharton becomes England’s first black pro when he signs for Preston North End.
1908: Walter Tull plays the first of two seasons at Tottenham before four more at Northampton. After becoming the first black officer in the British army, he is killed in battle in the First World War.
1930s: Plymouth’s Jack Leslie is called up by England but the invitation is withdrawn when selectors realise he is ‘a man of colour’.