Why the FA are mistaken if they select an England manager based on nationality

While Tottenham Hotspur fans anxiously wait on the future of Harry Redknapp, Chelsea and Arsenal and Manchester City continue with foreign bosses, while Manchester United and Liverpool retain their much-lauded Scots. No wonder the FA are being backed into a corner, writes Matt Davis.

The chairman of the FA, David Bernstein, stated last week “there is a preference for an English or British person” to take over as the new England Manager.

Yet, if we look at the past three England managers, there has only been one English Manager. Interestingly, under Steve McClaren, we failed to qualify for the European Championship, something which we managed to do under Sven-Göran Eriksson
and the recently resigned Fabio Capello.

Is this down to a decline in talented British football managers? Well, with Stuart Pearce, Harry Redknapp, Alan Pardew and
Neil Warnock around, there is no question that there are plenty of suitable English Managers lurking around.

Despite the talent which is around, no English managers have managed to win the Champions League since 1984, with Joe Fagan leading Liverpool to success.

Also, no English managers have ever managed to win the Premier League. With these facts, it is obvious to see that foreign managers are on the up.

So why is Bernstein insisting that the England Manager must be English despite the break of tradition 11 years ago?

One huge reason which has played a part in this fiasco is down to Capello’s poor communication skills. It was agonising for a patriotic football fan to see the England Manager struggle to construct a sentence whilst being interviewed for National television.

As well as this, it must have affected the players with a manager telling you instructions in Italian!

Secondly, Capello replaced the whole background staff and only left one English person, Stuart Pearce, who is also linked to taking the England Managerial role on a permanent basis after being named the Manager for the friendly game against
Holland later this month.

Without a doubt, this would have frustrated the Football Association especially if games against their home country Italy came along, creating a questionable atmosphere.

A final point why Bernstein is insisting that the next England Manager should be English is down to the import of foreign managers in the Premier League.

With Sir Alex Ferguson ruling over the other elites of trophy winners, as well as Arsene Wenger, Roberto Mancini and Andre Villas Boas all looking sharp this season, it frustrates a lot of people to see a lack of home grown talent winning these championships!

Yet with Redknapp taking a team, who was struggling at the bottom of the Premier League three seasons ago and transforming them into title contenders, we all hold our breath anxiously to see if Redknapp will be the person named to fill the giant shoes Capello has left behind.

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