Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has announced a new scheme to increase the number of black managers in the English topflight.
The scheme was launched by the Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Professional Footballers’ Association.
The scheme will take effect from next season, and is aimed at increasing the number of black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) coaches.
Also, it is geared towards ensuring that BAME players have a smooth transition into the world of coaching.
As part of the scheme, six coaches will undertake an intensive 23-month work placement at EFL clubs per season.
“It is vital that there are no barriers to entry to the pipelines for employment in coaching,” Richard Masters said in a statement.
“We need more BAME coaches entering the system to create greater opportunities throughout the professional game.
“This new programme has been developed through collaboration and consultation with our colleagues across football.”
He added: “We have taken what we have learned from running the Premier League Elite Coach Apprenticeship Scheme and applied that experience to develop this framework.
“We welcome the support from our Black Participants’ Advisory Group and the PFA Coaching team, their experience and knowledge will undoubtedly provide meaningful mentorship to those involved in the programme.
“We hope this scheme will create clear pathways and substantially improve future employment prospects for BAME coaches.”