Onuora breaks through management “Glass ceiling”26 September 2005

Former Sheffield United striker Iffy Onuora has been placed in charge of Swindon Town FC after Andy King's five years in charge ended with the sack.

The move, makes Iffy one of a select few black players who have progressed into football management in the UK. Although there has been fantastic inroads made by black people as players, less than a handful have made the progression into management – raising the concern that the game operates a “Glass ceiling” preventing such progression.

Onuora, 38, stepped up from reserve-team boss to replace King who left after a run of five straight League One defeats. Onuora will be assisted by former Nottingham Forest winger Ian Woan after being told by chief executive Sandy Gray that results must improve.