AC Milan legend Clarence Seedorf slams lack of ‘equal opportunities’ for black coaches in Europe as he questions why Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry had to head to US and Canada for their break
- Clarence Seedorf won three Champions Leagues in an incredible playing career
- The former Milan star feels his incredible career should’ve led to opportunities
- Seedorf questioned why Thierry Henry had to go to Canada to manage a club
- The former Holland star believes the best results can come from diversity
Former AC Milan and Inter midfielder Clarence Seedorf has claimed there aren’t equal opportunities in European football for Black coaches.
Seedorf spent two and a half seasons at Inter Milan and 10 at city rivals AC during his playing career.
He was also interim manager of the Rossoneri in the second half of the 2013-14 campaign, before joining Shenzen and Deportivo La Coruna.
Clarence Seedorf (right) claims there’s a lack of opportunities for Black coaches in Europe
Seedorf was interim AC Milan manager during the second half of the 2013-14 campaign
Seedorf has revealed his frustration that his spell as interim boss of the Rossoneri couldn’t be extended.
The Dutchman enjoyed a stellar playing career winning the Champions League three times as well as league titles in Holland, Italy and Spain but feels he has not been granted an opportunity to manage in Europe.
‘My regret is that I had an agreement with Milan to start in June. I accepted to begin earlier and I couldn’t continue after the end of the season,’ the former midfielder told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
‘I accepted the other offers to prove my worth. I had to take risks because I hadn’t had many opportunities and we know why.
‘I played 12 years in Italy: after Milan, despite having done a great job, I received no calls.
Seedorf had an incredibly successful playing career, winning three Champions Leagues
‘Holland is my country, yet again, zero calls. What are the selection criteria? Why do great champions have no chance in Europe where they wrote pages of football history?
‘Why does Vieira have to go to New York and Henry to Canada? For coaches there are no equal opportunities: if we look at the figures, there are no black people in the positions of greatest power in football.
‘It’s something that concerns the whole of society. Everyone, especially those who can change things, must feel the responsibility to create a meritocratic world and keep all the doors open if they aspire to excellence. The best results can come from diversity.’
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