Thursday, April 5, 2012

Redknapp plea for homegrown managers: "give them a chance"

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes more homegrown managers should be given a chance in the Premier League.

This season has seen the likes of Brendan Rogers and Paul Lambert flourish in their first season in the top flight of English football, while six of the current top nine Premier League clubs are managed by managers born in the UK.

Redknapp believes getting a team promoted is the only opportunity homegrown managers have of pitting their wits in arguably Europe’s top league, and has lamented the influx of so-called ‘big name’ managers from foreign countries.

“Of course if you give them a chance it shows you what they can do,” he told reporters. “As I have said before, the only way the young boys can get a job [in the Premier League] is to get a team promoted - Tony Pulis at Stoke has always said that."

“He wouldn’t have got a chance in the Premier League unless he brought Stoke up and he done a great job.

He added, "It is hard. People don’t give them a chance. They go for foreign managers, most clubs have got foreign owners now. They want big names. They read about big names and think, ‘oh that’s all right, we will bring him over’. And it is very difficult to bring people in.”

Kenny Daglish has already guided Liverpool to League Cup success this season and is in with a shout of lifting the FA Cup along with homegrown managers Redknapp and David Moyes.

With Manchester United now hot-favorites to win the Premier League, it could be a season without a trophy for any of the Premier League’s foreign managers.

Redknapp continued: “If you don’t get a chance to manage at the top you will never know.

“How do you know if you don’t give them a chance? You might be at a club and you might be very good but if you don’t bring them up because the players aren’t anywhere near good enough, you might still be a fantastic manager.

“But you might take over a team where you really don’t know what you can do with them."

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