Tottenham Hotspur head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has been included on this year’s Football Black List in addition to Brentford striker Ivan Toney and Arsenal women’s Nikita Parris.
The list was founded in 2008 to celebrate and promote black role models across the game, with a particular focus on those who work off the field, and was announced at the National Football Museum in Manchester. It was selected by a panel of experts drawn from across the industry after nominations were made by the public.
Nuno, who is facing extra scrutiny in north London following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat away to West Ham United, is one of two black head coaches in the top flight in addition to Crystal Palace’s Patrick Vieira. The former Wolves boss takes Spurs to Burnley for a Carabao Cup round of 16 clash tomorrow before hosting Manchester United on Saturday evening.
Cyrus Christie, the Fulham and Ireland defender, is included in addition to QPR assistant Paul Hall. A selection of London based administrators and community workers are included too with Spurs represented twice in the administration category.
“Black excellence in football is regularly talked about on the pitch – and we want to help highlight the contribution of black leaders off the field in the sport too,” said co-founder Leon Mann.
“This list of influential game changers is a snapshot of the contribution black communities are making to football. Those named today join an illustrious group who have featured on the list over the last decade – including the likes of Raheem Sterling, Ian Wright, Hope Powell, Rio Ferdinand, Herman Ouseley and Rachel Yankey.”
2021 Football Black List
Players: Anita Asante (Aston Villa Women), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Nikita Parris (Arsenal Women).
Administration: Dayne Matthieu (Tottenham Hotspur), Fleur Robinson (Wrexham), Paul Monekosso Cleal (Premier League), Sarah Ebanja (Tottenham Hotspur Foundation), Steve Smithies (Cheshire FA)
Coaching and management: Darren Moore (Sheffield Wednesday), Justin Cochrane (Manchester United), Nuno Espirito Santo (Tottenham Hotspur), Paul Hall (QPR), William Boye (Ashford Town Women)
Commercial: Claudia Wilmot (Leaders in Sport), Gus Hurdle (EA Sports), Javan Odegah (Leaders in Sport), Remmie Williams (The FA), Simbi Sonuga, (Octagon)
Community and Grassroots: Andrew Laylor (Manchester United Foundation), Aneequa Prescod-Wright (Hackney Laces FC), Billy Grant (Beesotted), Jawahir Roble (Referee), Patsy Andrews, (Referee)
LGBTQ+: Amy Allard-Dunbar (Football v Homophobia)
Media: Ade Oladipo (DAZN/talkSport/Sky Sports), Alex Scott MBE (Football Focus), Andrew Spence (Unedited), Fadumo Olow (The Telegraph), Helen Campbell (Premier League Productions)
Practitioners: Aji Ajibola (FA Council), Daniel Mills (Show Racism the Red Card), Drew Christie (BCOMS), Jackie Ferdinand (West Ham United), Liz Ward (Stonewall).