Brighton & Hove Albion first-team coach Paul Nevin supports the Football Association’s initiative which gives BAME coaches opportunities across England squads.
The Seagulls’ coach was recently named in the Three Lions backroom team for the second time, ahead of 2020 European Championship qualifying matches, and he praised the work done by the FA which led to his recent opportunities.
He said, “It’s a massive thing that the FA have brought, but in an ideal world we wouldn’t need these sorts of initiatives.
“The percentage of players from BAME backgrounds and the correlation between the amount of staff on the touchline doesn’t mirror, so I think this idea is more reflective of society and more reflective of what happens on the pitch.
“It will encourage players and coaches for the future and show that there is a pathway for them.”
Nevin also revealed the nature of the discussions he has with fellow Albion staff Chris Hughton and Paul Trollope when he returns from international duty, and looked back on the differences within his role over the two occasions he’s now been involved with the national squad.
“I’m very privileged to be in this environment and it’s about protecting the details of England and what they do – but it is similar at Brighton.
“I’m quite discreet about the detailed stuff but generally the conversations that I have back with the club are mainly about how it was overall and the working environment.
“At first it was about me learning and appreciating how the set-up works here; international coaches have limited time on the pitch, but we always get on the grass as soon as we can.
“When Gareth [Southgate] rang me the second time to ask me to come back here, he wanted me to be more hands on – any way that I can add value is great and I’m willing to do that.
“This is a brilliant opportunity and one I’m learning from every day – I’ve got great coaches at both here and Brighton, it’s then up to me once my career develops to pass that knowledge and experience on to try and help others.”