Danny Rose hit the headlines for his recent comments in which he cant he ‘can’t wait’ to see the back of football after he was subject to racist chants while featuring for England in their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier game against Montenegro (Sky Sports).
Montenegro were let off with a slap on the wrist when UEFA fined them just €20,000 and stipulated that they must play their next Euro qualifier behind closed doors, a punishment which the Tottenham full-back didn’t think was anywhere near harsh enough. (Sky Sports)
The 28-year-old has now clarified what he meant by his comments about walking away from football. Rose explained that he will not be pursuing his coaching badges as black managers hardly get a chance to manage at the top level.
As an example, he cited former Arsenal and Spurs defender Sol Cambell, who has taken his first management job at League Two club Macclesfield Town while the others from his generation have been given opportunities at a higher level.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the England defender said, “When I said I wanted to walk away from football, people think I was just talking about the two or three incidents that have happened on the pitch,” Rose said ahead of Tottenham’s clash with West Ham, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Saturday.
“When I said that, I was talking about the lack of black managers in football now, or working upstairs in football clubs.
“People ask me if I want to do my coaching badges. Why? You are not given a chance, so no, I wouldn’t be looking forward to doing my badges – it is a waste of time. That is what I meant by I am looking forward to calling it day when the time is right.
“Prime example; why has Sol Campbell had to go to the bottom of League Two to get his first job? No disrespect to League Two, (but) others are at the top end of the Championship, top end of the Premier League for their first jobs, even national teams.
“If somebody like Sol Campbell, with his resume, who he has played for, what he has won – possibly at the time there may have been an argument that he was England’s best centre-half – if he has had to go to the bottom of League Two, which I wouldn’t mind doing, and others get to be here, why would I want to do that?
“It does not appeal to me at all. So right now I have no plans and I am not wishing to do my coaching badges because of the state of the game at the minute.”
Spurs Web’s take:
While football, just like the rest of society, has come a long way in the last few decades, there is no denying that there are still problems when it comes to players being subjecting to racist chants from fans.
Just this season, apart from Rose and Raheem Sterling we have already seen the likes of Son Heung-Min and Moise Kean also being subject to discriminatory chants from opposition supporters.
More players like Sterling and Rose need to come out and speak honestly about the problem, in order to ensure that any type of discriminatory behavior is rendered completely unacceptable in football.
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