Premier League Discussed discrimination in football
John Barnes and Jurgen Klopp.
John Barnes believes that Jurgen Klopp would have been sacked in his first two seasons at Liverpool had he been a black coach.
Klopp finished eighth in the Premier League with the Reds in his first season in charge, having taken over in October of the 2015/16 campaign, before finishing fourth the following season.
“You can put structures in place, but until you change your perception, nothing will change,” Barnes told PlayOjo.
“I use Klopp as an example. How successful was he really in the first two years in terms of being 25 points off the top? But we [Liverpool] believed that he was the right man.
“Under different circumstances, he would have lost his job. If he was black, he would have lost his job in those first two years.”
?Barnes continued to express his opinion that it’s not just black coaches whom are discriminated against, but English coaches as well.
“If he [Klopp] was English, he would have lost his job,” Barnes went on.
“This is where the idea of discrimination is a little bit strange because there’s a group of people who are discriminated against in English football and the very highest level in the Premier League.
“Now, the top six teams will not have a white English manager. Yes, you can say Frank Lampard, as people have pointed out, but that’s because he has a special bond with Chelsea and that’s the only reason he managed Chelsea. But under different circumstances he wouldn’t have got that job.”