Manchester United legend and sometime wrecker-of-homes Ryan Giggs has been droning on about BLOODY FOREIGNERS, because that’s what we all do now apparently, saying British managers don’t get enough of a chance at the top level.
Talking to the BBC, Giggs harnessed his inner-Farage and said:
“I think it is [important British coaches get a chance]. There’s a lot of top quality foreign coaches in the Premier League, but there’s also a lot of quality British coaches and managers out there.
“If you don’t get the chance, you don’t get the chance to prove what you can do and see what you can do with a talented team.
“As I say, there are quality foreign coaches as well. I just think on the balance, there’s too many foreigners at the moment and British coaches probably just don’t get the chances.”
Beyond targetting foreign managers for trying to get ahead in life, it’s also pretty damn obvious that when Ryan Giggs talks about these poor, downtrodden British managers, he is mainly talking about Ryan Giggs.
What every fibre of Ryan Giggs’ being actually wants to say is: “WHY WON’T ANYONE GIVE ME A CHANCE? I HAVE PRACTICALLY ZERO MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE BUT OMG I SCORED THAT GOAL AGAINST ARSENAL THAT TIME AND WON STUFF AND PLAYED FOR MANCHESTER UNITED A LOT.”
— David Dalton (@DaveD92) February 21, 2017
Look, there is a point to be made about British coaches being overlooked. Just seven out of twenty Premier League clubs have British managers, with West Brom’s Tony Pulis being the highest-placed. Why are untested foreign managers such as Bob Bradley, Francesco Guidolin and Pepe Mel being given preference over homegrown talent?
You could say there is a lack of British talent, but that just isn’t true. There are talented British managers out there (Garry Monk, Nigel Clough, Paul Heckingbottom, Gary Rowett, Phil Parkinson and Darrell Clarke, to name a few) who haven’t been given the opportunity, but Ryan Giggs isn’t one of them.
So, Ryan Giggs, instead of being a mediocre pundit on Sky or whining in a passive-aggressive manner about how no-one has given you a silver spoon of a management job, go and put your name out there. Go and graft. Go to the lower leagues – Eastleigh have just sacked their manager! Eastleigh’s nice! It’s near the sea, sort of! – and get your hands dirty. Go abroad – Arsene Wenger went to Japan! It was great! Japan’s great! Nintendo is from Japan! Sushi as well! JAPAN! – and get out of your comfort zone.
You were a great player, but that doesn’t mean you will be a great manager, and it definitely doesn’t mean you have first dibs on every top-level management job going.
FYI, Ryan; you can apply for the Eastleigh job here: http://www.eastleighfc.com/