George Boateng's clubs include Coventry, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough & Hull
Black, Asian and ethnic minority [BAME] coaches have to do more to tackle their under-representation in professional football, according to former Dutch international George Boateng.
According to a study by the Think Tank team, BAME team coaches occupy only 4.6% of the top roles in professional clubs despite the fact that BAME footballers represent about one third of players in all leagues.
The "In Pursuit of Progress" Football Association was designed to help try and redress this imbalance by offering BAME coaches 12 months of training with teams in England over the next three years.
Sol Campbell with Phil Foden from Man City during England coaching session U21
But Boateng, who is now an Academy Coach at Blackburn Rovers, insists that concrete progress in this regard will only be made if BAME coaches take care of themselves to meet their required qualifications.
"It is important for us, as a community, not to give up and do what is necessary," said Boateng for Sky Sports News
"But one of the reasons why there are not enough black and minor minor coaches is that they do not make enough licenses.
Boateng is now U13 team coach at Blackburn Rovers
"Nothing is easy in this game and it's too easy to start thinking" come from a different background "and" I will not have the chance "and then quit.
"We always have to compare it to winning a lottery. If you want to win a lottery, you have to buy a ticket.
"BAME team coaches have to prepare as all other coaches, spending some time to get the licenses, to learn and then to use their opportunity when it comes to it."
Rehman is the first Asian Briton to play in all four divisions
Boateng played the last time in South Asian football, a move that resulted from a casual encounter with former Fulham and QPR defender Zesh Rehman, who recommended Boateng to the Malaysian Premier League Terengganu.
Pakistan international Rehman is a player and coach in the southern part of Hong Kong and has recently become the first Premier League player in the South Asian community to obtain the UEFA Pro license.
"I think Zesh is a good example for many Asian and minority actors, because not only is he still playing, he is also very busy investing in his future," said Boateng.
Founder Zesh Rehman, aged 35, started in 2010
"He has a development team under him in Hong Kong, where he collaborates with young footballers and plays. And he just did a diploma [in conjunction with world players’ union FIFPRO] and also continues the work of his Foundation to help current coaches get opportunities.
"There is a huge difference between him and the other players who retire first and do nothing, because it is very difficult to get back. His efforts must not go unnoticed and it is something that really deserves appreciation."
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