The quotes below come from today's Telegraph:
"The evidence is overwhelming. In the past the industry has been appalling at encouraging black players to make the transition into coaching and management," said Garth Crooks, an FA Cup winner with Tottenham and advisor to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
"Everybody in football is trying very hard to address the perception from grassroots that the industry might be perceived as institutionally racist."
One area that is not, presumably 'institutionally racist' is the media, where Crooks has made a very good living since his retirement, despite his monotone style, hangdog appearance and inability to interest the listener in his views. If it has never occurred to you Garth that you have the career you do largely because of your colour, let me assure you it has occurred to plenty of other people.
The biggest change I have seen in football in the 30 odd years I have been going to games is the decline of casual racism. As I have never been in any football boardrooms (unlike Garth Crooks) I don't know if the people who run the game at the highest level are racist or not. I do know however that if Frank Rijkaard leaves Barcelona this summer, a fair few English clubs will be begging him to come to the UK. Oh, and it won't be too long before Paul Ince is naming his price either.