I say “pundit” but when you hear that I am talking about Ian Abrahams, you may think differently about my use of the term “pundit”.
This morning on the Jim White show on Talk Sport, Abrahams, or “Moose” as he is known on the station, said that if Norwich and Leeds were to get promoted that “it would be bad for English football.”
I kid you not, he actually said that.
Would you be happy to see Farke and Bielsa in the top flight? ???? pic.twitter.com/uqotfeRS2j
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 10, 2018
This all stems from Abrahams’ narrow-minded view that there are not enough English coaches in the Premier League. He cited the fact that there are only four Englishmen currently managing in the top flight.
He banged on about Darren Moore, Chris Wilder, Frank Lampard and Tony Pulis all lining up behind Norwich’s Daniel Farke and Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa as English coaches in the Championship table.
He went on to try to prove his point by saying that the only way more English coaches will get into the Premier League is by getting teams promoted and that therefore, promotion for Norwich and Leeds will be a bad thing for English football.
He added that Farke is doing well but with “a bunch of foreign players that very few of us have heard of.”
The bottom line here is that foreign coaches are generally better than English coaches at the moment and that’s why clubs go for them. That is a grassroots issue within the coaching environments available in Britain at the moment. You might not like it if you’re a nationalist but that is the reality.
It’s why the clubs for whom money is no object and who can hire the best staff in any position within their organisation go for non-English people.
Pep Guardiola at Man City, Klopp at Liverpool, Pochettino at Spurs etc, etc, etc.
Abrahams is probably (I’m being kind) just unable to see past the fact that he wants Englishmen filling these positions. The fact his own club, West Ham are managed by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini was, of course, overlooked.
Pellegrini has been doing okay lately but by the Moose rationale, he is stopping an Englishman from getting a job. It’s a very narrow-minded view – again, I’m being kind.
Perhaps he’d like Tony Pulis or Neil Warnock in charge at the Hammers? No, I thought not.
This bloke talks absolute garbage and would no doubt have been happy if we’d appointed Alan Curbishley eighteen months ago.
From a fan’s perspective, I don’t care who manages my club or who plays for the club, just as long as they are successful. I don’t care how much we pay these people, as long as the club can afford it and again, the results are tangible.
The reality of Norwich appointing Daniel Farke under Sporting Director, Stuart Webber is that they are currently top of the league. If our “bunch of foreign players” that Moose hasn’t heard of, can pull this off then it will not be bad for English football.
A club like Norwich or Leeds getting into the Premier League will be no bad thing. Both clubs have pedigree as teams that have spent quite some time in the top flight.
What needs to happen is that if English coaches are going to get those top jobs then the coaching levels need to be higher, just like they are in Germany.