Ade Akinbiyi working to buck trend on black managers in England
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His playing days are now over following a career that began at Norwich City and finished at Colwyn Bay, with stops along the way at Hereford, Brighton, Gillingham, Bristol City, Wolves, Leicester, Crystal Palace, Stoke, Burnley, Sheffield United, Houston and Notts County.
The 39 year old is now taking the first steps on what he hopes will become an equally long coaching career.
"You have to be positive," he tells BBC Sport. "You cannot block yourself off and take the attitude there is no point getting your coaching badges because you won get a job.
"It could be harder for me than a white person, but I have to strive. I don think of it as working harder. I just feel I have to do what it takes to get to where I want to go.
"Others don think like that. They might think it won happen no matter what they do. That is up to them. My mentality is to work doubly hard.
"It could take five, six, 10 years. I will always strive to reach where I want to go. For me, that has nothing to do with colour."
Twelve months ago, PFA chief executive
Gordon Taylor Arian Foster Jersey was speaking optimistically about the imminent implementation of the Rooney Rule,
a system that tackled the absence of black coaches in the NFL by forcing franchises to interview at least one black candidate for any job vacancy.
The NFL experience worked. In 2007, Tony Dungy became the first black coach to win the Super Bowl when Indianapolis Colts defeated Chicago Bears in Miami.
In England, the concept did not get past the discussion stage amid fears it would contravene employment law.
Many regard the stalled idea as the only way of changing the status quo.
And Akinbiyi is not Brian Cushing Navy Jersey blind to the issue.
He has worked with campaign group Show Racism the Red Card to improve a situation he cares passionately about.
But he is adamant that, on an individual basis, the motivation for change comes from within.
"If I am going to coach at the top Brian Cushing Youth Jersey level, I have to break down that barrier myself," he says. "No one else can do it for me.
"You have to be busy, you have to put your face everywhere. If you do Arian Foster Authentic Jersey that and it still doesn happen, then you might think something is wrong."
Akinbiyi cites the experiences of former Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray.
Since being forced to quit through injury in 2010, Murray has been a regular television pundit, in addition to gaining the qualifications required to climb the coaching ladder and is currently working with players without a texansofficialproshop.com/Nike-Jadeveon-Clowney-Jersey.html club on behalf of Nike.
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