Client news   |    November 11th, 2021


It is common knowledge that the football industry is turbulent and unpredictable, particularly for managers. Let’s take Norwich City for example, a first league win of the season and yet Daniel Farke is now unemployed. Meanwhile, Newcastle United appoint Eddie Howe to take the reigns of a club with untold riches.

Globalization has had a profound impact on football, certainly in the last few decades where both footballers and managers are switching between leagues, clubs and countries alike. Cultural differences are no longer a barrier for trade between clubs, whether it be football or any sport. So much so, 75% of the managers in the Premier League are from a foreign country, whilst 64.2% of the players have travelled from abroad to play in the best league in the world. Consequently, English players account for 38% of total minutes played in the Premier League (2020/21), despite being an increase from the 2010/11 season (33.8%) – it does beg the question is this too low? Is the Premier League diversifying too much, at the detriment to domestic players and managers?

Take Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, each with a foreign manager and a depth of foreign players, yet they are so successful. Admittedly they have nurtured some brilliant English talent in Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Trent-Alexander Arnold. However, looking further down the league are the FA doing enough to develop British managers? Having completed my level 1 coaching badge for the FA, the course is accessible and insightful, but is it enough? It is undoubtedly possible for British managers to compete against their top Spanish, German, Italian and French counterparts. David Moyes is currently working wonders for West Ham. It could be that foreign management and players are simply better than our domestic talent, although with our national team performing so well in the Euros lets hope this is to be changed for the better.

I feel it is important to give our domestic talent an opportunity, using Italy as an example; the Euros champions account for 75% of their managers in the Serie A being Italians. Maybe there is a correlation between domestic managers, players and their respective league which facilitates a harmonious relationship. Don’t get me wrong, a diverse culture is essential to the development of our domestic youth talent, in both management and players. It is about finding that balance between enhancing our English talent, whilst maintaining the Premier League as the most competitive competition in the world.

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Alfie Bobbins - Integral Sports Management.

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