Forget Alan Pardew, Dave Sullivan points out why England need a foreign manager

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Dave Sullivan, son of West Ham United co-owner David, says England must look past the likes of Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew.

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan watches from the stands(Left) A younger Dave Sullivan, son of West Ham United co-owner David

England have made an indifferent start to Euro 2016, finishing second in a group they were expected to win comfortably to potentially set up a more difficult path in the knockout stages.

Roy Hodgson is already something of a pantomime villain at West Ham where he has continually ignored their host of English players for call-ups.

That's despite brilliant Premier League performances from the likes of Aaron Cresswell, Michail Antonio and Mark Noble with Andy Carroll - widely considered the only player of his type in the league - also frozen out.

Sullivan took to Twitter in the wake of England's 0-0 draw with Slovakia to vent his frustrations.

England manager Fabio Capello during the press conferenceFormer England manager Fabio Capello

'Not another English manager'

He insists it is time the FA appointed a coach from overseas because the likes of Alan Pardew - who was the highest placed English manager in 15th last season - just aren't up to it.

"We need a foreign manager," Sullivan said on Twitter.

"Not another English one. (The) highest an English manager finished in the Premier League was 15th."

Sullivan also feels we wasted a perfectly good manager before Hodgson's appointment, posting a screenshot of much maligned Italian Fabio Capello's impressive football honours list.

"We had (Fabio) Capello, arguably one of the best coaches of his generation. Nothing is ever good enough."



England manager Roy Hodgson during the press conferenceEngland manager Roy Hodgson

Hodgson's choice


While Sullivan makes a salient point about a lack of top English coaches in the game currently, who realistically could the FA lure into the role when Hodgson's tenure is over?

The managers widely regarded as the elite in world football have all started new jobs at new clubs.

Meanwhile a string of ex-England players now seem just as happy to sit on TV studio sofas and get paid to give their opinions rather than progressing into a coaching or management role.

Crystal Palace manager Alan PardewCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Is Pardew the only realistic candidate?

While Palace had a pretty poor season in the league, they did make the FA Cup final, something Eagles boss Pardew also achieved with West Ham proving he has form for knockout competitions.

And as we have seen from previous appointments, hiring a foreign manager with a good track record doesn't guarantee results.

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