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?"