Gary Neville caused uproar on Twitter yesterday, after suggesting the next Manchester United manager should be British.
The former Red Devil believes United’s traditions should be maintained and therefore current interim manager, Ryan Giggs, should be considered for the role on a permanent basis.
"He started well on Saturday," Neville told Sky Sports, "so let him have two or three more games to see whether he settles into the position and whether he can bed in and be given that role.
"At the end of the day the owners will do what they want to do. I suppose in some ways they want an experienced hand, but I personally would like to see a British manager be appointed because Manchester United have always appointed British managers. We'll wait and see."
He then dismissed the notion that Giggs shouldn't be considered by giving other examples from around the continent.
He said: "There's no hard and fast rule in appointing managers nowadays. You see some managers go in who have little experience – Diego Simeone, Pep Guardiola or Kenny Dalglish all those years ago.
The ex-Manchester United man then took to Twitter to support his claims, but his comments on this platform only opened the opportunity for further debate.
Interesting you promote a core of homegrown talent and your a racist nowadays. Those Barca / Ajax / B Munich / Southampton racists!!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) April 29, 2014
Show me a football dynasty where a core of talent from that country hasn't run right through the team! Maybe that's why I believe in it!!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) April 29, 2014
The England coach received a swarm of Tweets, with his followers suggesting there is simply a lack British managers qualified for the United job.
I would love to know who @GNev2 has in mind when he says he wants a British manager! There r just no british managers qualified for the job— ManUnited7 (@mckee_mark) April 29, 2014
@GNev2 It could be argued Barcelona's model was essentially Dutch and implemented by Dutchmen until it later involved the likes of Guardiola— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) April 29, 2014
Love @GNev2, but thinks he's way wide of the mark on this one.— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) April 29, 2014
@GNev2 why don't we get phil neville as manager he's British and has worked under ferguson ?— #GlazersOut (@GlazersOut_) April 29, 2014
In response Neville highlighted the case of Brendan Rodgers, who, having moved to Liverpool just two seasons ago, has transformed the club from top to bottom – laying the foundations for this campaign’s remarkable title challenge.
No British managers are qualified apparently. Brendan Rodgers was Swansea manager 22 months ago! It's called opportunity!!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) April 29, 2014
@GNev2 that's true Gary, but we've just given David Moyes that opportunity and he really did fail. Who next?— Adje (@Adje_O) April 29, 2014
@GNev2 can we risk employing someone British who isn't a proven winner? Wouldn't another bad season be disastrous??— Jamie Smart (@JS_43) April 29, 2014
@GNev2 Gary do think someone with no managerial experience would be best qualified for the most difficult managerial job in world football?— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) April 29, 2014
He also found the time to take a dig at Chelsea and Manchester City’s trophy record.
However, by the end of the day he was forced to admit defeat – promising to return to the analysis he has become fabled for – to which his followers proved incredibly grateful.
Right no big picture thinking anymore for 5 years. Let's just go along with the flow and I will talk about offsides and high lines instead!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) April 29, 2014