Ex-Tottenham coach Sherwood disagrees with Arsene Wenger

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Tim Sherwood is not in total agreement with Arsenal boss that relaxing work permits would be beneficial.

Arsene Wenger this week called for work permits to be relaxed in British football, telling Arsenal.com about the club previously missing out on Angel di Maria.

The Gunners boss was discussing it in reference to his pursuit of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista, which The Guardian claimed could hinge on a successful work permit application should Villareal accept Arsenal's offer.

Wenger's claim was that relaxing work permit restrictions in football would make for a more competitive Premier League, and enable clubs to achieve better results in European competitions.

Former Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood has since had his say, telling The Independent that what may be good for clubs in the short term, may not be to the benefit of the English game, specifically the national team.

He said: "I don’t believe in allowing any footballer who wants to come into this country to play here. Of course, we want the very best foreign players in the league. We want Alexis Sanchez and Robin van Persie and Eden Hazard, but we have to keep the way clear for home-grown players to come through.

"Ideally, I would like to see it capped, with a limit on overseas players, as it once was. It would be impossible to do that with players holding an EU passport, but beyond that it would be feasible. The problems, as ever, are the mediocre players who come here."

Sherwood is unlikely to be the only one with this mindset either. With the FA recently having conducted a review of grassroots, relaxing work permit laws conflict with their work.

The BBC reported the FA's finding lasy year that just 32 per cent of starters in the Premier League qualified to play for England. They have set a target to increase this to 45 per cent by the year 2022.

Deciding now to back Wenger's plan to allow more non-EU players into the league at a young age would increase the competition, and make the FA's ultimate aim to help the national side achieve, a lot harder, even if the Arsenal boss would argue ultimately better all-round talent could push the overall standards up.

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