Ex-Albion Rovers boss Kevin Harper hopes black managers get equal chances

Former Albion Rovers boss Kevin Harper says he never thought of himself as a ‘flag-bearer’ when he became the first black manager in Scottish football for 15 years back in November 2018. But he hopes Alex Dyer’s appointment on a two-year deal at Kilmarnock opens the door for other black and ethnic minorities in Scottish football. When Harper was handed the reins at Cliftonhill he was the first black manager in the Scottish game since Marcio Maximo left Livingston in October 2003. The former Hibs winger doesn’t want black and ethnic minority managers to walk into a job, just to be given an equal opportunity. Sky and people like that came up and did interviews and for a club that size, I don’t think that would necessarily have happened at any other time.” Harper was delighted to see Alex Dyer replace Angelo Alessio at Rugby Park and hopes it inspires similar opportunities elsewhere. “He’s got a two-year contract, he’s the manager, which is fantastic, and hopefully it opens some doors for black and other ethnic minorities to get into the pathway.