Rafa: English coaches need to be worldly

April 10, 2006

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believes more British managers should broaden their horizons by taking charge of clubs abroad.

The lack of British managers in top Premiership jobs has often been highlighted but Spaniard Benitez does not feel a shortage of opportunities at home should prevent them trying their luck elsewhere.

The likes of Benitez, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have all proved a success outside their own countries after taking the decision to move.

Benitez told the League Managers Association's website: 'I think there are two or three countries where there is a lot of money (in football), Spain, England and Italy and it is easier for the managers to stay in the same country that you know and also because you can earn a lot of money.

'We had the same situation with Spanish managers then when some of us decided to go to another country then maybe other managers can come behind us.

'In this case I think it is necessary that one or two English managers go to another country and then with success with those managers maybe other managers will follow.

'But you need at least one going forward and winning trophies then it will be easier for the rest of the managers.'

Benitez accepts, however, that moving to a different league is difficult and some clubs would be unwilling to gamble on managers with no particular track record of competing in their conditions.

'Terry Venables went to Barcelona and it's not easy, it's not easy,' he said.

'The top sides like to sign managers with experience, maybe sometimes in another country, so it's always a vicious circle.

'If you don't go you will not have experience in another country then it will be more difficult for some clubs to decide to sign an English manager.'