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The 2014 Black List revealed

HONOURED: Rachel Yankey

THE BLACK List stirs up all sorts of emotions. We know how difficult it was for black players to be accepted on the pitch, so to be leaders in other areas of the game is great reason for celebration. If you love football and are looking for a role model, the Black List provides a source of inspiration.

However, it is impossible to look through this year’s names and not feel some sense of frustration. We do not have one black manager across 92 professional clubs, nor do we have a club chairman or chief executive.

Meanwhile in the media, former players are doing relatively well as pundits but where are the trained journalists from the community? Why do we have to play in the Premier League to be able to interview and report on the national game?

But there is also cause for some optimism. We have more new names on the list than ever and those who have been fixtures are beginning to move further up the ladder.

The list highlights that perhaps the fact that our greatest strength is at the grassroots level. As a community we have so many strong leaders reaching out to young people week in week out, using football to inspire and encourage achievement.

Therefore, it is fitting to pay special thanks to the men and women who rarely get the limelight for bringing through the next generation of players, journalists, administrators, coaches and club staff.

If your grassroots are broken, you get no growth. Thankfully, the community has strong roots that have weathered many storms – now all it needs is an opportunity to flourish.

The Black List is just a snapshot of some of our success...

The Black List 2014 was selected by a panel of judges. The process involved the circulation of a long list of names for consideration, with each judge providing five names per category by email to The Voice newspaper.

The final list is based on the names that came up most often.

Judging panel
Leon Mann, co-founder of the Black List and journalist.

Rodney Hinds, co-founder of the Black List and The Voice’s sport editor.

Michael Johnson, former Birmingham and Jamaica defender.

Jess Creighton, BBC Sport reporter and writer.


Stephen Lyle, Editor – MOTD2
The Match of the Day 2 boss already had a fine reputation as a film-maker and is now flexing his muscles as a programme editor. Lyle has worked tirelessly to improve one of BBC Sport’s flagship shows over the last couple of years. Sadly, he is the only football programme editor in national TV.

Stan Collymore, broadcaster - TalkSport
The former Liverpool and England striker is an exceptional broadcaster who has been particularly strong in speaking out against racism on social media over the last year. Collymore has never stood still as a journalist and was shortlisted for the Broadcaster of the Year Award at the Sports Journalism Awards.

Samantha Johnson, presenter – The Sun Online
If you didn’t know who Sam Johnson was last year – you most certainly will now. The lead presenter of The Sun newspaper’s online sports platform has made a big impression fronting the popular Sun FC.

Natasha Henry, football writer – The Voice
Over the years The Voice has developed some of the community’s best football writers. Natasha, who can often be seen in Premier League and Championship press boxes around the country, is the latest off the impressive production line.

Adrian Kajumba, football writer – Daily Star
A familiar and popular face amongst the national football press – Kajumba is forging a great reputation in the sports media. Back page exclusives galore, the talented sports journalist is making a real impression at the Daily Star.


Michael Emenalo, technical director - Chelsea

The managers may change at Chelsea – but Emenalo has been a fixture since 2011.
Rarely seen or heard in the media, he supports the work of the first team manager, leading the club's international and domestic scouting network, and assists in driving the technical programmes of Chelsea’s academy and international youth network.

RARELY SEEN OR HEARD: Chelsea's Michael Emenalo

Patrick Vieira, football development executive – Manchester City
His wikipedia page may tell you he is the reserve team manager at Manchester City, but his role is far more influential.
The former France World Cup winner also oversees areas such as youth development, commercial partners and the club's social responsibility programme, ‘City in the Community’.

Heather Rabbatts CBE, chair of FA inclusion advisory board
The first and only black member of The FA Board, Rabbatts is also the first woman on the board who has been instrumental in leading The FA’s new inclusion advisory board.

Bobby Barnes, deputy chief executive - PFA
It has been a big year for the deputy chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, as Barnes also became the president of FIFPro Division Europe. The high ranking position within the world players union is another indication of the regard the former West Ham winger is held by the game.

Lord Ouseley, chairman – Kick It Out
Kick It Out celebrates 20 years of campaigning this month and without this man, none of that would have been possible. Ouseley was famously chased away from a London football club for suggesting they did more to challenge racism – his pursuit of equality is still as strong today.


Chris Ramsey, first team coach – Tottenham Hotspur
One of the most qualified football coaches in Europe, the former Brighton defender has helped Tottenham to a respectable Premier League finish. An ambitious, hardworking and intelligent football man – whatever the future holds at White Hart Lane, expect to see Ramsey remain at the highest level of the game.

Les Ferdinand MBE, first team coach – Tottenham Hotspur
‘Sir Les’ certainly looks the part in the dugout, and must take some praise for helping to get the best out of Spurs Emmanuel Adebayor to salvage the north London club’s season. Having graduated from the corporate governance course, Sport On Board, he has a number of career options open to him where he can further use his respected influence.

Chris Powell, former Charlton Athletic manager
Widely acknowledged as having done a good job under incredibly difficult circumstances at Charlton, Powell, despite losing his job at The Valley, is still seen as one of England’s brightest managerial talents.

Jason Euell, senior development coach – Charlton Athletic
After an impressive spell looking after Charlton Athletic’s under 16 side, Euell was promoted to senior development coach in September 2013. He has since thrived in the role and is building a strong reputation in coaching and management.

Chris Hughton, former Norwich City manager
At the time of his departure as manager of Norwich City, the Canaries were one place and five points above the relegation zone. The decision to remove Hughton backfired – and the Norfolk club will now play in the Championship next season. Hughton remains a highly respected coach and manager, who will surely return to top flight management sooner rather than later.


Ray James, senior sales manager – Manchester City
Having done a good job as head of commercial and marketing at Millwall Football Club, James is now plying his trade at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Aidy Ward, football advisor
Advisor to young stars Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Saido Berahino, Ward’s players go from strength to strength on the pitch, and so does his reputation.

Francis Nkwain, football advisor
A trusted advisor to players including Benoit Assou Ekotto, Seb Bassong and Emmanuel Adebayor – Nkwain is highly respected within the playing community and also in club boardrooms. A skilled communicator, the founder of the Best of Africa Awards has always promoted his community as part of his work.

Andy Ansah, sports choreographer
Ansah’s hugely successful business, Sports On Screen, is the world’s leading football choreography company. Whatever the advert, whatever the brand – if it involves sport, creative and on tv, it means Andy Ansah was involved.

Karl George MBE, corporate governance practitioner
The introduction of the corporate governance expert into football has been a breath of fresh air.
The impact of Sport On Board will be measured by how diverse football’s leadership becomes. George is central to delivering this.


Les Fevrier, fooball advisor
The east Londoner continues to work tirelessy within the community. The football agent is currently working on a project which will promote the work of the highly respected football mentor - John Larter - and the world famous Hackney Marshes. In the past, St. Lucia-born Les has taken young footballers from the UK to his home isle to further their sporting and general education.

Troy Townsend, mentoring manager – Kick It Out
The father of Tottenham and England star Andros Townsend has fast become the face of Kick It Out, football’s anti-discrimination and equality campaign. Townsend has developed Kick It Out’s annual mentoring conference into one of the sport’s most celebrated community events.

Trevor Hutton, AFC Wembley
The news of Trevor’s recent passing was devastating for all those who had the pleasure of meeting him. He was, and is, a true hero in his community. Through AFC Wembley, he was able to help young people find self confidence and belief. His legacy lives on.

Jason Roberts, chief executive – Jason Roberts Foundation
Chief executive of his own charitable foundation, Professional Footballers’ Association management committee member and creator of Sport On Board – it’s no surprise Roberts has been tipped as a future FA Board member in the national press. Serving his community and fellow players with great acclaim – the recently retired striker has also established himself as a first-class sports broadcaster.

Shaun Campbell, founder – Arthur Wharton Foundation
Arthur Wharton, the world’s first black professional footballer will have a prominent statue in place at St George’s Park, due to the efforts of this man. Campbell has campaigned tirelessly to see Wharton recognised by the football family here in the UK and abroad.


Yaya Toure, Manchester City
Toure went against the grain to express his view that African footballers were not given the respect they deserve.
The supportive reaction from Africans, both here and back on the continent, underlined just how much it means when footballers find their voice.

Kolo Toure, Liverpool
The Liverpool defender has been an active and committed member of the Professional Footballers’ Association for some time and now sits on its prestigious management committee. Do not be surprised to see the former Arsenal and Manchester City man become a decision maker in the game when he decides to call time on his playing career.

Rachel Yankey OBE, Arsenal and England
She is England’s most-capped player ever.
On the pitch she continues to be a fantastic professional for club and country, while away from her playing career, Yankey has worked tirelessly to promote the game at the youth level, run her own football programme and a community club and mentor young players.

Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
He may have moved to Canada to play for Toronto FC, but the striker’s foundation is still helping young people in the UK and St Lucia. The England striker continues to develop his charity work – helping more vulnerable people than ever.

Lianne Sanderson, Boston Breakers and England
The popular England forward has received rave reviews since returning to the international scene, but Sanderson makes the list for her work away from the pitch. Lianne has always invested her time in helping others and together with her partner Joanna Lohman, founded JoLi Academy, a training centre for young female footballers in India.

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