More opportunities should be available in the Football League to new English managers.

What does the name Brian Deane mean to you? 

Up until a short time ago I'd never even heard of him, but it turns out, as a Sheffield United player in 1992, he was the first player to score in the Premier League. 

A pretty impressive feat, I'd say.

Having played for a total of nine clubs over 21 years - seven of those being English clubs - you would think he'd have a decent reputation and be a well-recognised professional. He even got three caps for his country.

So when I heard he had started his managerial career, I expected him to have taken a job in League Two or maybe League One at a push. 

But I was left a tad confused to discover he had taken a job in Norway with Sarpsborg 08 FF as his first managerial position. 

Why, as an Englishman, has he been forced to look abroad for his first job as a manager?

After hearing an interview with Deane, it turns out he was turned down by a couple of English clubs in the lower leagues and said that opportunities in English football management were only available to a closed group.

He came across as being upset and somewhat dumbfounded by his inability to secure a job in his home country.

It turns out he believed Norway was as good a place to start his managerial career as any after earning his coaching badges.

And after speaking with Sarpsborg, he was convinced they were the club to begin his career as a football manager.

I think it's sad that a player such as Brian Deane, who was evidently an established player on the English footballing scene, can not secure employment as a manger in the country he played.


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