Domenech blasts England's foreign policy

December 14, 2007

France coach Raymond Domenech has criticised the Football Association for appointing a foreign England manager.

Italian Fabio Capello is expected to be be confirmed imminently as England's new head coach, becoming the second foreigner after Sweden's Sven-Goran Eriksson to lead the national side.

The English game's governing body approved the appointment yesterday, with only contractual terms to be agreed before the deal is set in stone.

Domenech, however, believes England should have looked for another homegrown coach to succeed Steve McClaren.

'The FA's decision to go with Capello as the new England manager is a very serious move, especially for English coaches,' Domenech told RTL.

'I believe the fact that they went abroad to look for a manager, just as they did in the past with Eriksson, is not positive.

'England need a manager that has the same mentality as their players.'

Domenech nevertheless praised the Italian coach.

'I have respect for Capello,' he said.

'I'm not talking in this manner because Capello is Italian; I only say this for the good of English coaches, who should feel offended by this appointment of a foreign manager.'