Following the news of Chris Powell's sacking by Charlton's Belgian owners this week and the instalment of fellow countryman Jose Riga, Gary Bowyer of Blackburn Rovers has spoken of a problem in English football where homegrown coaches and managers aren't given their opportunities.
"This country has got to be careful with how it looks after it's coaches and managers. It's disappointing. He's a great guy and I'm really disappointed for him." said Bowyer on Powell.
It's an issue that has been raised in the past, and will undoubtedly come up again. Characteristically, Joey Barton took to twitter to share his opinion the instant news of Powell's sacking came out:
Is this guy the best candidate? He may well be. 1 question. Where are all the young, hungry, capable British coaches comparatively?— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) March 11, 2014
AC Milan youth technical director? Do me a ****ing favour. How is this helping OUR game. We lose a young British coach who has done a...— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) March 11, 2014
...great job at Charlton in Chris Powell. And replace him with some no mark from abroad. Stupidity like this is why we struggle on INT stage— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) March 11, 2014
Remember, for every Pochettino theres a Pepe Mel.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) March 11, 2014
I hope Barton goes into coaching if only for the entertainment value of his press conferences. However, it is becoming more and more difficult to disregard his point. Three recent appointments in the Premier League have been Pepe Mel, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Felix Magath. As of yet it is unclear whether the new West Brom and Cardiff boss' have been able to improve their teams in a way their British counterparts wouldn't have been able to. Mel is yet to win a game in seven attempts.
Steve Clarke had an incredible season at West Brom last year – sitting third early on and leading them to their highest ever Premier League finish – but the owners decided to get rid as soon as results took a turn for the worst. Malky Mackay's sacking was of course the most controversial, and Vincent Tan has since expressed his commitment to Solksjaer's Cardiff despite no real change in results.
Soon owners may be forced to look at the statistics and see that foreign managers don't necessarily do better than homegrown ones in the Premier League.
"Stability is the key to any business," said Bowyer, who took charge of his 50th match as Blackburn manager yesterday. He'll be hoping the Lancashire clubs' owners take heed of his words after losing three in a row – they certainly have previous of managerial changes with five alone last season.
After getting them promoted to the Championship, Charlton fans showed their appreciation of Powell's time at the club with applause last night in the third minute – the number Powell wore during three separate stints at the club.