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Steven Gerrard belittles Emile Heskey in row over black managers not getting top jobs

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Steven Gerrard has aimed a dig at Emile Heskey (Picture: Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard refused to be drawn on the suggestion it is easier for rookie white managers to get top jobs than black managers with similar experience, but did choose to aim a dig at Emile Heskey in the process.

Heskey has been outspoken on his belief that white managers starting out on their careers in the dugout are given opportunities that simply are not available to black former players.

The England international has used Gerrard and Frank Lampard as examples of white former players walking straight into jobs at Glasgow Rangers and Derby Country, respectively, with Lampard moving onto Chelsea after just one season with the Rams.

In contrast, Sol Campbell started his managerial career at Macclesfield, while Ashley Cole is beginning his life in coaching with a Chelsea youth side.

I couldnt tell you why black people had to be bottom-feeders and then others can go wherever and get a job, said Heskey.

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I can point towards medals. Sol has got more than Stevie. Ashley Coles got more than any of them.

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Heskey has questioned why black managers struggle to get jobs (Picture: Getty Images)

They are going to get those jobs. I can only point towards skin colours.

Englands best player for that era. Ash is being given a chance to get on that ladder with Chelsea Under-15s.

Heskeys comments were put to his former Liverpool team-mate, but the current Rangers boss gave them short shrift, offering a demeaning response.

I dont have anything to say on that, said Gerrard. I dont really look ouRead More – Source