Fortune targets top manager job

English Premier League

Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Quinton Fortune has plans to break the stigma of black managers and revealed the club he's targeting to coach.

Fortune, 43, is currently serving as an U-23 coach at Manchester United, the club he represented in the Premier League between 1999 and 2006.

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Having played his entire professional career in Europe, the 46-time capped South Africa international has been an advocate for promoting managers of colour and has not hidden his desire to one day be the leader of the Red Devils.

"I thought about that question of where I want to end up‚ and my first thought was to become the manager of Manchester United," Fortune told UTD Podcast.

"That’s my dream. Of course‚ I'm starting now with the U-23s and I'm learning a lot and I want to learn as much as possible because management changes so much in the game today.

"I may have to go out and learn somewhere else and become a manager. But the ultimate dream is to come back and be the manager of Manchester United. From what I've been through‚ I'm going for the highest level."

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In the United States Football, the 'Rooney Rule' has allowed black managers the chance to develop as coaches, as at least one candidate of colour is interviewed for a head coach position.

While Fortune supports the idea of a similar rule implemented in European and more specifically football in the United Kingdom, he admits he wants his credentials to be the primary reason for landing a job.

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"I want to be given the job because of my ability," Fortune explained. "I want to be judged because of my character and what I can bring to the team, not because of the colour of my skin.

"When you look at the game‚ you see a lot of black players. But why are there not many black managers? I don’t know what the reason is. I think if I go too deep into that it will block my way of thinking.

"I like to think I am going to work as hard as I can‚ get all my qualifications‚ prepare myself and not let that barrier stop me. I'm going to get my qualifications‚ like I'm doing with my [UEFA] Pro Licence.

"If there was a system in place to give more black players an opportunity‚ great - get more black players as coaches‚ I’m all for that. But you have got to be a great manager. I want to be given the chance because of my talent."

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