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Let’s Not Lose Sight of the Bigger Picture

Fabio CapelloIn his first press conference this afternoon Capello said “From the first day I spoke with Sir Trevor Brooking, I have always asked for an English coach to be integrated into the set-up”.

“It is something I have done wherever I have been – it is vital have someone from that environment who understands English football and the language”.

Good news for those people terrified at the prospect of an all-Italian management team, but I think we have a much more serious problem.

The Premier League is widely regarded (in England at least) as being the best league in the world, but no English manager has ever won the title, only 8 of the 20 teams have an English manager, at the time of writing only two clubs in the top 10 have an English manager – and none in the top 6.Six years ago the FA employed their first ever foreign coach. Look at the English managers available then, and look now. Can you see much of a difference? No, me neither.

It is about time English football got over itself and realised that while yes, we may host the richest league on earth, as a nation we are not as good as we think we are.

Until we produce managers and coaches good enough to work at the very highest level we will continue to struggle, which is exactly why this cannot not be allowed to happen.

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