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Norwich boss Hughton highlights lack of black managers in game

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has said he is concerned by the "massive dearth" of black managers in England, reports BBC Sport. Hughton is the only black manager in the top five divisions in England following Chris Powell's sacking as Charlton boss this week.

He told BBC Radio Norfolk: "I'm really disappointed by that fact. There's no doubt we need to do more.

"The percentages of black and ethnic players compared to those in management is a massive gap."

Hughton added: "We have to make sure we work hard enough to resolve that."

There were five black managers in work across the Premier League, Football League and Conference Premier at the start of the season, but the departures of Paul Ince from Blackpool, Chris Kiwomya from Notts County, Edgar Davids from Barnet and Powell's exit have decreased that number to just Hughton.

"I've seen big changes in the number of black and ethnic coaches involved at grassroots and academy level," he said.

"But of course there is a massive dearth at management level. We all have a responsibility to solve that, to determine where the problem is and where we can improve and set about improving it."

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