Yaya Toure is “very positive” about having opportunities in management despite seeing Patrick Vieira recently sacked by Crystal Palace.
Toure was disappointed to see his former Manchester City team-mate lose his role as manager of the Eagles, who replaced Vieira with 75-year-old Roy Hodgson until the end of the season.
Speaking at a Football Black List event, the former Barcelona and City midfielder paid tribute to Vieira, whose dismissal meant there are no black managers in the Premier League.
“Patrick Vieira is a great person, and a great coach as well. I think it’s a sad part of it,” Toure said.
“It’s a concern because if you have 50 per cent of the black players playing Premier League, and maybe one or two per cent of managers or coaches are black, it’s quite strange.”
Crystal Palace Football Club can confirm that Patrick Vieira has left his post as First Team Manager.#CPFC
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 17, 2023
Toure has taken up coaching since retiring from playing in 2019, with short-term assistant roles at Ukrainian side Olimpik Donetsk and Russia’s Akhmat Grozny, before returning to England to work for Tottenham’s academy in August.
He has designs on becoming a manager himself one day, and still believes the opportunities will be there for him.
“I think the Premier League and the FA are working hard to get it right, because for us it’s very important,” he said.
“And as well, for me, I can say, I’m confident, to be honest. I’m confident, I’m looking forward, I’m very positive [about] how the opportunities are going to come for me and I’m going to be ready for it.”