Former Ipswich Town and Newcastle United player Kieron Dyer, who has retired from football, he does not want the ‘Rooney Rule’ to be introduced into the football. This rule is rather famous in American NFL as it stipulates a certain number of black managers to be considered for the managerial role. Despite black players constituting a major part of the English game in recent times, only two black people have been able to secure a managerial job in all of England’s four leagues. This has resulted in suggestions that the introduction of‘Rooney Rule’ could help introduce more black managers.
Kieron Dyer is currently part of the Ipswich Town youth academy and he is widely expected to become a manager in the future. Widely regarded as a highly talented player,Dyer was unable to keep his career in the best possible shape due to a succession of injuries. The 33-year-old is working his way towards getting the coaching badges. However, he has rejected the proposal, along with defender Titus Bramble, about the possibility of introducing this rule. He does not want quotas help him get a job. Instead, he wants the job to be given based on his ability.
Bramble has also voiced the same concerns.“I want to be interviewed because the chairman wants to interview me.I don’t want to be interviewed because it’s filling a quota. I don’t want to be on a shortlist because football clubs are told I have to be because I’m black. I don’t agree with the Rooney Rule either. That’s me personally, it doesn’t mean it hasn’t worked in America, but I don’t like the idea here. I don’t want to sit down with a chief executive or a chairman and think I’m only here because I have to be.I want to prove myself independently of quotas,” said Dyer.