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EFL trio make the Football Black List 2021

26 October 2021

Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore, Fulham defender Cyrus Christie and Queens Park Rangers coach Paul Hall feature on the Football Black List 2021.

The initiative, which shines a light on the most influential Black people in British football, was founded in 2008 by sports journalists Leon Mann and Rodney Hinds to highlight leaders working across all areas of the game from the Black community.

The Football Black List covers eight individual categories: Administration, Coaching and Management, Commercial, Community, Players, LGBTQ+, Media, and Practitioners.

A panel of experts from the football industry and Black community vote independently on nominations made by the public to determine who makes the list. The panel included representation from the Premier League, The Football Association, Professional Footballers’ Association, League Managers Association, English Football League, PGMOL, Sport England, BCOMS and Kick It Out.

“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 Leon Mann MBE, Co-Founder of the Football Black List, upon the announcement.

“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.”

The list was revealed today at the National Football Museum in Manchester a week after Walter Tull, the world's first Black professional footballer, was named in the football Hall of Fame.

Wednesday manager Moore, one of the EFL's Black History Month champions, was appointed as Owls boss earlier in March from Doncaster Rovers. Having enjoyed an illustrious playing career, the 47-year-old won promotions from the EFL with West Bromwich Albion - who handed him his first managerial start - and Derby County.

Similarly, Hall, the current Under-23s coach at QPR, hung up his boots in 2001 on the back of a 20-year playing career, which included a promotion with Walsall and further Play-Off memories with Rushden & Diamonds.

Christie, on the other hand, joined Sky Bet Championship side Fulham in January 2018 from Middlesbrough. The Republic of Ireland international has also spent time on the Rams' books, after coming through the ranks at his hometown Club Coventry City.

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