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Have you ever thought that the correlation in this case may be down to foreign managers?
Whan I was a kid (more than 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 years back) the teams in the old 1st Div were made up of predominantly British (I don't recall toooo many foreigners - if any - I haven't got my old football sticker book to confirm that though) - and white players.
Fortunately both the above things changed. Personally I see that as a good thing. The only problem I now see, is that foreign managers tend to bring in players from their own country (I'd like to see some stats on that - ie the proportion of French players via Wenger, Spanish via Benitez etc) - using the excuse that the players are cheaper and that British players are over priced. I'm not so sure that is the complete reason. It obviously makes sense to have two or three key players in your team that speak the same language as the manager so that at least some basic communication is possible. That obviously changes the longer the manager stays in that country's league system - Wenger now speaks better English than what I do. So as long as his players have a smattering of English, they can come from anywhere.
BUT, BUT,BUT - doesn't anyone learn? Football is just an industry like any other now. So, by not buying British, the money doesn't filter down through the league system - so the lower divisions stagnate - they can't improve facilities, they can't afford top coaches etc. That money has then gone to support a foreign league system to the detriment to the British. If the trend persists, as long as the EPL keeps its status as a top league, then that will thrive, but the lower divisions will become poorer and they then also look to 'cheaper' foreign options. Vicious downward spiral.
Again, I would like to see stats on what propotion of transfer money now goes from the EPL to lower divisions rather than externally to foreign leagues (and what the comparative was 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 years ago).
I can only see the introduction of a 'core' of British players in every team in the league system as a way of securing the future. I would say that the 'squad' should be 50% indiginous (Britain has an anomaly here, and I would tend to say that should also be true across the 4 national leagues - ie English within the FA, Scottish within the SFA etc).
- 1 Reply to Lee
John, minor point first, I seem to remember Wenger speaks 6 languages, if you believe the hype.
And Spurs helped start it all with Ardiles and Villa, via our manager Keith Burkinshaw. I wonder if he thought about how it would end.
I agree with most what you say, but Clubs will always put their own interests before the nation's. The impetus must come from the F.A., but again it seems Clubs have too much sway there as well.
Without doubt, something needs doing and sooner rather than later.