West Ham manager rejects Arsene Wenger's work permit suggestions

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Sam Allardyce doesn't agree with the Frenchman's opinions on the current work permit regulations.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has rejected suggestions by Arsenal's Arsene Wenger regarding the work permit rule, according to BT Sport.

As reported by Sky Sports, Wenger had recently called for the current work permit regulations to be scrapped, pointing out that money is going out of the country to overseas clubs to sign players like Angel Di Maria.

The Frenchman claimed he wanted to sign the Argentina winger as a 17-year-old, but the current work permit regulations stopped him doing so. He of course later joined Real Madrid, and then Manchester United last summer in a £59.7 million deal.

The long serving manager also feels that opening up the restrictions would help develop young English players.

“If you want to be the best league in the world then you have to accept that you have to produce the best players in the world, so the question is how can you produce the best players?” Wenger said on Thursday.

"If you put a young player with top-level players, he has more chance to develop. If you put him with average players he has more chance to remain average."

However, Allardyce has now rejected that view, believing that the current system helps to protect British players, and that Wenger would feel the same if he was working in France.

"I don't agree with that at all," he said to BT Sport.

"There's already a massive influx of foreign youth coming to academies and us losing the opportunities for young British players to take up those places.”

The current rules in place state that a player must have featured in 75 percent of his country’s international matches over the last two years, while his country also has to be in the top 70 of FIFA’s rankings. If they are successful they are given a ‘Governing Body Endorsement’.

If a permit is rejected or a player fails to meet those criteria, a club can request an appeal hearing, which then determines whether the player will contribute significantly to the development of the English game in the future.

"I think the rules are fine at the moment," Allardyce added.

"You can get a work permit if there is an exceptional talent and it can be proven."

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