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Being black has cost me a career in management hints Liverpool icon Barnes

John Barnes believes his race has been the major factor in why his managerial career has never taken off.

The former Liverpool star had a brief stint as Celtic manager in 1999/2000 while also undertaking stints with the Jamaican national team and lower league outfit Tranmere Rovers.

Barnes last coached in 2009 and believes he has struggled to find more roles because of his creed and skin colour.

"A white manager loses his job and gets another job, he loses his job, he gets another job. Very few black managers can lose their job and get another job," he told 'John Barnes: Sports Life Stories', to be broadcast on ITV4 on Tuesday.

"What I can judge it from is by looking at society. How many black people are there in the higher echelons of any industry? We can talk about journalism, we can talk about politics. So why should football be any different?"

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