Cape Town - Former
Blackburn Rovers striker, Chris Sutton, has slammed Premier League club
bosses for not appointing more English-born managers.
Currently, only four out of 20 managers in the Premier League are
English which Sutton thinks will impact the overall quality of English
The 43-year-old, who was the 1997/98 joint Golden Boot winner in England's top flight with Rovers, told Heat Street website,
"Look at Gareth Southgate's recent appointment as caretaker England
manager. It was impossible to reel off eight or nine potential other
English candidates for the job.
"There are dozens of British coaches out there who have proven
themselves in lower leagues but who are demoralised that they aren't
going to get a chance at the top level.
"I find this situation alarming and don't understand why more British
coaches and managers aren't hired at the lower levels of the Premier
The former Norwich City, Rovers, Chelsea, Birmingham City and Aston Villa star added that Germany are setting the right example.
Sutton said, "Bundesliga should be the benchmark. 11 out of the 18
Bundesliga bosses are German, with most of the other managers in the
league having previously extensively played and managed in Germany."