Ability will always be more important than colour when it comes to football management, according to QPR's Leroy Fer
The two most high-profile black bosses in British football go head to head tomorrow night when Chris Hughton brings Championship leaders Brighton to Loftus Road to face Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's Rangers.
Midfielder Fer, nicknamed The Bouncer, has played for both men having been part of Hughton's Norwich side two seasons ago, and he rates them both highly.
But the Dutchman of Curacaoan descent says what managers bring to the table in terms of skill set must supersede any thought with regard to their ethnic origin.
"The fact they are black managers is not really important to me," he said.
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"It is nice to see black managers, but for me it is a case of whatever is good for the team, so I hope Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is going to be massive for QPR."
Hughton's Seagulls represent a massive early test for Hasselbaink, sitting pretty at the top as they are after stretching their astonishing unbeaten run to 20 games in their 2-2 draw at Derby on Saturday.
Fer acknowledged bidding to be the first side to register a league win over the south coast side is a tall order, but claimed with the help of the Loftus Road faithful and a little self-belief anything is possible.
"We have to try and be the first to beat them," he added. They are a very strong side, but we are too."
"They are coming to Loftus Road where with the fans with us I think we can win every game."