SRtRC Patron, Chris Powell is named as the new manager at Charlton Athletic FC.
Charlton legend Chris Powell, former PFA Chairman and Patron of Show Racism the Red Card was this week announced as the new man in charge at Charlton Athletic.
Chris is one of two black managers currently in employment in professional English football (Paul Ince at Notts County being the other) and he sees his appointment as being a boost for black managers trying to make their name in the game.
"It's a subject that people always ask me about." say Chris, "They always say 'Why aren't there more black managers?' So this is a bit of a seminal moment for me and hopefully I can inspire other black players to become managers.
"I'll always align it with there not being many black players in the 1960s and 1970s. Someone had to break through and Clyde Best and players of that ilk broke through.
"Then you got to the 1980s and you had Cyrille Regis, Luther Blissett and John Barnes. And those sort of players inspired me - I thought 'if they can do it, so can I'.
"I just think that has to happen now; more black players getting into a job and making their mark. They know they'll be there on merit, but people will be looking at them as a bit of a role model and I see that for me."
"I try to lead the way and if you do that as a manager and as a black manager, it can only bode well for the future," he said.
"There are a lot of black coaches out there at professional and grassroots level. They're trying to get through and if I can enhance that and help them on their way, then that's great."
We wish Chris all the best in his new role.