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​Ex-Bournemouth, Everton defender Distin put off management by lack of black coaches

Former Everton defender Sylvain Distin admits that a lack of opportunities for black former players meant he did not go into management.

Distin was a feature for Everton at centre-back in the Premier League for many years.

And he admitted the lack of chances for black ex-players meant he never felt that coaching or management were right for him.

Distin told The Beautiful Game podcast: "If you look at the few players in the last maybe four or five years who have finished football and gone into management, possibly 95percent are English.

"I'm not. I don't want to get into this debate. But I'm just stating a fact - they are not black.

"A part of me would love to be a manager, just to give back what football gave me. Again, keeping that old school mentality, putting that value back into the players.

"I feel like that was my role as a player towards the end of my career and I would love to carry that on as a manager.

"But it is really difficult. If you look at the players now getting opportunities, they are like top English players.

"So I'm thinking: 'Why am I going to start on the road where you have to study for like, two, three years? Why am I going to start to go on a road that I know is blocked?"

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