Albion boss Chris Hughton has warned there is still work to be done to get more black and ethnic minority managers at the higher levels of the game.

It follows the appointment by League Two strugglers Macclesfield of Sol Campbell, who Hughton worked with at Spurs and Newcastle.

Former England defender Campbell's first managerial post at the foot of the bottom tier coincided with the hard-hitting, two-part documentary 'Out of Their Skin', presented by Ian Wright on ITV 4, about the racism barriers faced by black players, coaches and managers.

The Argus: Hughton (above), the highest profile of the eight BAME managers out of 92 clubs, told The Argus: "I saw it advertised but I haven't seen it.

"I still look at that as the challenges. We can look at particular type individuals and I might know lots of the circumstances around that individual or not.

"I would always speak from a broader point of view. There are still challenges ahead and at this stage of our game the fact that there are not more black and ethnic managers at higher levels are the biggest challenges that black coaches have.

"I have on lots of occasions spoken about any changes and the reasons why that's the case but the facts are there.

"It goes back for quite some time and I think perceptions of black coaches going into management or being management material have needed to change.

"Whether that's the case with Sol Campbell, that's an individual one, but overall that's my thinking."

Former England captain Paul Ince was among those featured on the programme.

Ince also had to start at the bottom in management after a glittering playing career.

He began, like Campbell, at Macclesfield and then had further success with MK Dons before a shortlived opportunity in the top flight with Blackburn Rovers.

The Argus: Ince has questioned why Campbell has not been given the same opportunities as ex-England team-mates Steven Gerrard (above) and Frank Lampard.

The former Manchester and United Liverpool midfielder told talkSPORT: "It's sad that someone of Sol's calibre, who is a legend of the game and was a great player, has had to go the same route that I had to go, to a team that's the bottom of League Two, that's the only way he can get his foot into the door.

"I spoke to him about it a few months ago and he said he'd had an interview with Oxford, he did an interview with Grimsby.

"For me, to go to Macclesfield when people like Stevie G are going to Rangers and Frank Lampard are going to Derby, and yet Sol's got to go to the lowest club in the Football League, it doesn't sit right with me at all."

Ince, speaking to Sky Sports, added: "When you look at the black managers we've had, most of them have been successful.

"Chris Hughton's doing an amazing job at Brighton, Keith Alexander, myself for a period, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - it's not that we can't do the job, but obviously some owners feel we can't."

Campbell, having watched Macclesfield's midweek win at Exeter, takes charge for the first time at Colchester on Saturday, with Hughton hoping he will be a success.

Hughton said: "I've spoken to Sol and I know him well, and spent many years with him at Tottenham and took him in as a player at Newcastle.

"I have spoken to him quite often over a period of time. He has made everybody aware of the route that he wants to go down.

"It has possibly taken longer than he would have liked. I don’t think you can talk that way and want what he has wanted and not be ready for it.

"So I'm quite sure he will be ready for this job, he will know the challenges that lay ahead and the difficulty of the job. I imagine he has bundles of enthusiasm going into that role and knows exactly what he is taking on.

"Certainly (he will bring) leadership. Everyone leads in different ways but he was a good talker on the pitch and has a wonderful presence about him but he is very serious about his football.

"It's a big challenge for him and I hope he does well."