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‘We’re tired of being assistants’

RUUD GULLIT says black people are fed up with being belittled for football’s top jobs.

Gullit is the first black coach to win a major British title as ChelseaCoach won the FA Cup in 1997.

Former Stamford Bridge manager Ruud Gullit says Patrick Vieira is doing great but it's a shame the Arsenal legend is the only black manager at Prem

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Former Stamford Bridge manager Ruud Gullit says Patrick Vieira is doing great but it’s a shame the Arsenal legend is the only black manager at PremCredit: Getty
Patrick Vieira has been praised by Ruud Gullit for how he has reshaped Palace's style of play

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Patrick Vieira has been praised by Ruud Gullit for how he has reshaped Palace’s style of playCredit: AFP

25 years later, Patrick Vieira is the only black manager in the Premier League even though he is considered the most innovative and forward-thinking man in the world.

“We get tired of being assistants all the time,” says Gullit.

“That is the case in most of Europe. You can’t tell me there’s no black manager, you can’t say no black person wants to be a manager.

“You have Vieira. He is doing a great job, very well done. He has a chance. We don’t want to see him as a black manager. We want to just see him as a good manager.

“But if you don’t get an interview, it’s already hard and that pond won’t expand.

“Look at the Premier League, there’s something like 55% of players are black.”

Frank Lampard is the most recent Premier League appointment after taking the Everton job last Sunday.

Gullit said: “We can now see that Frank Lampard has a job and Ashley Cole can become his assistant.

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“We are fed up with being assistants. You can’t tell me that there aren’t any black managers out there.”

Gullit, 59, spent three years at Chelsea and continues to manage NewcastleFeyenoord and LA Galaxy.

But as a black man, he was an exception to the norm.

The former midfielder believes that society as a whole has preconceived notions and until that is conquered there will be no progress in football.

The two-time European Cup winner said: “It started with a lot of work elsewhere. If people see John Smith and then they see Mohammed on the list, they say give me John Smith.

“It’s a pity. It’s not that we intentionally want black managers. I don’t want managers there because they’re black. I just want people to have a chance.

It’s a pity I don’t want to look at it in black and white, we’re all human. But just give it a chance.

Ruud Gullit

“Do we need a law like in America that you have to at least interview black managers to give them a chance?

“They have not been asked. It’s a pity that I don’t want to look at it in black and white, we’re all human. But let’s just give the opportunity and also give the opportunity to take management courses.

“In the Netherlands it is sometimes very difficult because first of all it takes time and you have a job that cannot be done. It costs too much money. We need to make sure there’s more access to it.

“I am on a committee in the Netherlands. I have been asked by the Dutch Football Federation to solve the problem”.

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