Sam Allardyce on the


Sam Allardyce on the "extremely worrying" number of foreign coaches in England

Darren Cleary
Darren Cleary

01:28 23 Jan 2019

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Sam Allardyce says the number of foreign coaches working in England is "extremely worrying".

The former manager of the England national team believes the diversity in the modern game has hampered the development of young English managers.

Expanding on his point Allardyce went on to say the Premier League is an “international league played in England”.

The 64-year-old claims that only 15% of owners in the Premier League are English - a stat that was demonstrably incorrect.

30% of Premier League clubs are controlled by Englishmen, while 50% of Crystal Palace is owned by an English consortium led by Steve Parish.

Big Sam shared his concerns for the game on talkSPORT:

"It is bewildering the amount of top quality coaches or managers in this country who are sitting without getting a job.

"Or not even getting an interview at an Oldham or a lot of the Championship clubs who are now going for a foreign coach.

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"That then revolves around a first team coach who comes from abroad, a reserve team coach who comes from abroad and then four or five people of the same nationality as the manager follow which is extremely worrying for this country in terms of our development of young coaches and young managers.

"The FA spend millions to qualify us but we then don't get a say in where we get our jobs from. There are 72 managers in the Football League and 72 first team coaches and I bet the percentage is running at 35% or 40% who are run by a foreign coach.

"The Premier League is an international league played in England.

"I think David Sullivan, Mike Ashley and the guy from Huddersfield, three owners [that are English]. We have five managers who are British.

"So it is becoming ever so more difficult to choose your career as an Englishman in your own country.

"If you are a coach, for me, you will have to look abroad the way it is going now."

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