The news that top Premier League managers will more often than not plump for a foreign signing may hardly be a revelation. However, the statistics are on the face of it quite damning.
The Sun's Charlie Wyett has done the number-crunching, and his conclusions read like a post mortem for the English game.
According to the figures, 79 per cent of transfers in the Premier League so far this summer have involved non-English players, while just 30 per cent of the 630 players currently registered in the division are eligible to play for Fabio Capello's team.
The report centres on the spread of Englishmen signed by each manager and - quelle surprise! - Arsene Wenger is second-bottom in the table, with just eight per cent of his signings during his time at Arsenal being raised on a diet of Marmite, roast dinners and Only Fools and Horses.
The article is illustrated with a caricature of Wenger, exuding Gallic pomposity as he stands in front of the Arsenal dressing room with a sign reading 'Very few English allowed', which is all so very different to the unanimous media love-in that took place when he became the Gunners' longest-serving manager last September.
The honour of being rock-bottom of the table goes to Avram Grant, who has never signed an Englishman during his time at Chelsea, Portsmouth or West Ham. To be fair to him, Grant was in charge at Stamford Bridge for just a few months, was barred from signing players for much of his time at Pompey and has only been at Upton Park for two months.
Topping the chart are Martin O'Neill (60 per cent English signings), Tony Pulis (50 per cent) and Alex McLeish (45 per cent), bosses whose respective sides play kick-and-rush, throw-and-barge and defend-defend-defend, and don't have a major trophy between them.
A big point is made about how world champions Spain have 77 per cent of La Liga players to choose from, in the kind of envious onlooking that always follows another European country other than England winning a major tournament. However, that stat is a little misleading.
All but three of the managers in Spain's top division are Spanish, with two Argentinians and a rather high-profile Portuguese making up the numbers. The proportion of home managers is almost as high in the Bundesliga.
The Premier League, meanwhile, has just nine English bosses (Mick McCarthy and Chris Hughton notwithstanding). Is it any surprise that Wenger tends to favour French-speaking players, or that Rafael Benitez signed so many Spaniards?
It's easy to blame foreign managers for not committing to develop British talent, but it's not their job. They were hired to win trophies for their clubs, something Wenger, Ferguson, Mourinho and Ancelotti have consistently done in England with no more than a handful of English players in their ranks.
The higher fees that English players command and the unwillingness of Premier League clubs to sell to others within the division makes it even harder to buy homegrown talent, and Wenger will no doubt tell you that when an Englishman does go to a top club you're as likely to be buying a Jeffers as a Rooney. The simple fact is that if more English players were good enough then there would be more in the Premier League.
The lack of English managers is a contributing factor to the lack of development in home players over the past decade or so. It would be interesting to get Fabio Capello's view on the matter. But, seeing as he won't be in Normandy to see the U19s take on Spain in their European semi-final today, you'll have to track him down first.
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