Emile Heskey believes it is easier for the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard to get top managerial jobs because of their "skin colour".
Lampard is currently managing in the Premier League with Chelsea after just one season with Derby, while Liverpool legend Gerrard is in charge of Scottish giants Rangers.
But former striker Heskey, who was the victim of racist abuse during his playing career, is concerned by the lack of BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) managers working in the Premier League and EFL.
There are just four BAME managers currently in the top positions – Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves , Sabri Lamouchi at Nottingham Forest, Darren Moore at Doncaster and Keith Curle at Northampton.
And while Heskey supports the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview ethnic-minority candidates for head coaching jobs, he believes his former teammates have an unfair advantage when he comes to stepping into significant managerial posts.
Speaking to The Times , he said: “I couldn’t tell you why black people had to be bottom-feeders and then others can go wherever and get a job.
"100 per cent it would be easier [for Lampard and Gerrard]. They are going to get those jobs. I can only point towards skin colours.
“I can point towards medals. Sol [Campbell] has got more than Stevie [actually 6-8 behind but has two titles]. Ashley Cole’s got more than any of them. England’s best player for that era. Ash is being given a chance to get on that ladder with Chelsea under-15s.”
Heskey is eager for a chance to start his coaching career, three years after he called time on a career that saw him play for Premier League giants Liverpool and earn 62 England caps.
During his four-year spell at Anfield, the 41-year-old was part of the 2001 Treble-winning Reds squad who memorably lifted the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup.
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