Belfast Telegraph

Sam Allardyce wants British managers to be given more opportunities

New Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is confident British managers can still get top Barclays Premier League jobs despite the influx of foreign coaching talent.

The 60-year-old, who once famously remarked he would never be employed by a top-four club because his name is not "Allardici", was handed his latest rescue mission, this time at the Stadium of Light, when he was appointed as Dick Advocaat's replacement last week.

As he did so, German Jurgen Klopp was taking up the reins at Liverpool and in the process, joining an exclusive club of elite overseas bosses, including Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini, plying their trade in England.

However, Allardyce remains convinced that, if he is good enough, a Briton can still get to the top in the Premier League if given the chance by an owner.

He said: "(We won't know) until such time as a new owner at one of the big clubs is brave enough to appoint a manager that's done exceptionally well - and there are many of them.

"Half the problem is that the British managers who do well in the Championship - and that is being infiltrated by foreign coaches now - only get a chance to manager in the Premier League by promoting the team that they are actually working for.

"Very rarely do they go and pluck one from the lower leagues. I don't know who was the last one - was it Brendan (Rodgers), where Swansea gave him a chance?

"But we all face that challenge and if you are good enough and you believe in yourself, I think you can eventually get there.

"I started at Limerick in 1991 - who thought I'd be here?"

However, Allardyce admits that the presence of so many important coaches in the English top flight significantly increases the challenge for their home-grown counterparts.

He said: "We are creating a huge monster in the Premier League, which I have enjoyed working in since 2001. But it has its repercussions as far as English, British coaches, managers, physios, players - there's a legacy to bear with it.

"But we all enjoy where we are and we all enjoy the publicity it brings us. Certainly, it's the biggest brand in the world of sport today, so it brings everybody from the world to want to work in this country, so we have too challenge ourselves against the best of them."


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