England’s football team have often been labeled as under-achievers and deservedly castigated for poor performances at world tournaments.
Because of better foreign players and huge asking prices for players such as Andy Carroll, only 12 Englishmen were bought by Premier League clubs last summer.
While a shortage of home-grown talent is evident from the national team’s continued failings, a arguably more alarming statistic demonstrates the sport’s founding nation is in crisis.
Currently, there are just five English managers in our massively commercialised league and this is not going to significantly increase in the near future with Tim Sherwood leaving Tottenham after the season ends.
Alan Pardew, Sam Allardyce, Steve Bruce and Garry Monk are the others, with Swansea’s coach replacing Michael Laudrup in February.
It seems Bruce is the only manager whose future is secure, because of Pardew's conduct, Allardyce's philosophy and Monk's inexperience.
Even if all four kept their jobs next season, the lack of English managers at the highest level is a worrying reflection of this nation's football set-up.
'Home' coaches in top European Leagues - France, Germany, Italy and Spain - make up more than 50 per cent of the managers, compared to 20 per cent in the Premier League.
Another worrying fact is Germany have approximately ten times the number of fully-qualified UEFA coaches than England.
Therefore, there is a lack of quality personnel in England's playing and coaching staff.
Former England midfielder Sir Trevor Brooking, who is the FA Director of Football Development, has said children aged between five and seven are the most crucial category, but are coached by the least qualified people.
If The Three Lions are to stand any chance of lifting a trophy again then a change in strategy is needed across all levels, as they cannot be expected to this following their absence from Euro 2008.
Unless there is a revamp soon, the national team will continue to be regarded as failures and youngsters will generally avoid excellent coaching at a young age.
There is not a large queue of suitable Englishmen ready to replace Roy Hodgson when his contract expires in 2016. None of the aforementioned English Premier League managers have experienced coaching a side in the Champions League.
Some might not have the chance to manage at all soon if Newcastle, West Ham and Swansea follow Tottenham's lead in finding a new boss.
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