Date: 8th October 2007 at 10:16am
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Considering he`s probably only second to Arsene Wenger in bringing overseas players to the Premier League, Big Sam has taken an almighty sideswipe at the Frenchman by claiming that foreign coaches are ruining our league now. Given the successes of Mourinho, Benitez and Wenger some might consider it a bit of a no-brainer that he`s come out with something like this. However the likes of Perrin and Santini pose a potential counter argument. Sam said:

‘None of the foreign coaches or managers are any better than what comes through this country. We seem to think we don’t need to look after our own and we do. All the other countries do. They wouldn’t be so affable about employing foreign coaches like we do, certainly not in Holland, Italy, Spain or Germany. We have to look at what we have within. We are all qualified.

Alan Curbishley (West Ham manager) brought it to my attention. He said, ‘do you realise that with more foreign owners coming in there is less chance of managing clubs in our own country?’ The consequences are the same as not developing your own players. English managers will think, ‘what is the point?’ The long-term effect will be a lack of desire, top players who have the capabilities of becoming top coaches won’t end up doing it.’