Former Middlesbrough fullback Dean Gordon says Blackburn's appointment of Paul Ince as the Premiership's first British-born black manager is an inspiration.
"He's a shining light."
But Gordon has strong evidence that there is a darker side to being a black manager in the English game.
"I think the fact that most black players don't go into management is an ambition thing, but I have heard things," said former England Under-21 international Gordon.
"Paul Davis was very highly thought of for his work with the Arsenal youth team but didn't get on and saw other people going past him. And Leroy Rosenior did a decent job at Torquay, but is now doing other things. He told me a few stories and that he believed there was a barrier.
"But ultimately, I think it's up to black managers to make the breakthrough."