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FORMER Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair has challenged ex black players to break down the mental obstacles that prohibit them from making their mark as managers.

Sinclair, 39, called time on an elongated 21-year career this summer that saw him play in all four professional divisions in England and represent Jamaica at the World Cup.

The English Football League currently employees just two black managers but this has not deterred Sinclair from embarking on the course to gain his coaching qualifications.

In recent weeks there have been calls to introduce the Rooney Rule which has been used in the NFL to ensure at least one candidate for the coaches job is from an ethnic minority.

Sinclair, however, states black players must not lose faith and ensure they are in a position to emulate Chris Powell and Chris Hughton.

“Many black players that I have spoken to on this subject have said ‘well what’s the point in getting the badges? There aren’t any jobs for us!’” he said.

“I’ve got confidence that something will happen for me, but some black players are just not giving themselves the opportunity to get on the ladder, because they are thinking that they will not get the opportunity.

“But people like Chris Powell getting jobs at Charlton give you the confidence and boost to believe it’s not the colour of your skin, but your qualifications and what you have done in the game that will get you an opportunity.

“I’ve played for 21 years at every professional level and I’d like to pass on my knowledge of the game to others.”

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