As part of Football Whispers’ investigation into the lack of British Asian representation in professional football, we are releasing the full-length interviews from: Why Has Football Forgotten British Asians?
We published our interview with Paul Mortimer last Monday, and this week it is the turn of former West Ham United defender Anwar Uddin, the man whose position as manager of non-league Glebe FC drew our attention to the project in the first place.
Glebe are in the ninth-tier of the English footballing pyramid, yet Anwar is the highest ranked British Asian manager in the domestic game – a fact we found baffling given those with Asian heritage make up the largest ethnic minority group in the United Kingdom.
Anwar talks about growing up in the professional game as a trailblazer for Asian players, from his days in the West Ham youth academy alongside the likes of Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard to his time captaining a successful Dagenham & Redbridge team.
Anwar now works full time for KickItOut, an organisation for equality and diversity in football, and speaks passionately at how the landscape is slowly changing.
If you haven’t seen our feature on the dearth of British Asian representation, then it’s still available to view here.