Curbs: We'll never appoint an Englishman again

December 18, 2007

Alan Curbishley fears England will never turn to a homegrown manager again.

Italian Fabio Capello was yesterday unveiled as the second foreign boss of the national team after Steve McClaren failed to lead England to Euro 2008.

And West Ham boss Curbishley, himself a contender for the post in recent years, believes there is no chance of an Englishman being seriously considered for the post so long as the Premier League's top four clubs continue to appoint non-English managers.

'I don't believe we will ever give the job to anybody from England again,' he said. 'The FA have made the position redundant as far as an English manager is concerned. A proud tradition may well have come to an end.

'Sir Trevor Brooking has indicated as much, even though plenty has been said about eventually promoting Stuart Pearce from his duties with the under-21 side.'

Curbishley told the Daily Express: 'Until a manager becomes in charge of a top-four side, he just won't get the vital experience that he so desperately needs.'

He added: 'Champions League football in this country is contested by men who are not English, so you tell me how an English manager gets the necessary experience to step into an international job.'

• League Managers' Association vice-chairman Frank Clark has described Fabio Capello's appointment as England boss as a 'big disappointment'.

'It's a big disappointment to us,' he told Sky Sports News. 'They (the FA) consider there are no English coaches of a sufficient standard to be on a shortlist of five and that's worrying for the game.

'I think it's important for the game (to have an English coach). How can the FA complain about the lack of English players in the Premier League with any credibility now that they have gone down this route?

'It's a concern for the game as a whole.

'The FA should be more than just about the national team winning games.'