Ex-Director of Football defends the Premier League
Former Director of Football at Liverpool Damien Comelli has spoken out against the FA Chairman, blaming the poor standard of coaching, rather than the influx of foreign players, for the failure of the national side to win a major tournament.
After Greg Dyke outlined England’s futile World Cup hopes and Rio Ferdinand called for a limitation on foreigners playing in the Premier League, Comelli has leapt to the defence of the Premier League.
“Everybody is pointing fingers at the Premier League – because they do not want to look at their own failures,” the former Reds man was quoted by Sky Sports.
“I thought Greg Dyke’s speech was very poor. The FA needs to produce better quality coaches, and more of them.
“Roy Hodgson will be feeling very frustrated – any manager in his shoes would be. It is not a good thing that there are no English players in the Premier League, but people are not looking at the right reasons for them not being there.
“Instead of blaming the Premier League, they need to work with them.”
The Frenchman believes managers have too much influence over the running of clubs’ academies – something Comelli feels is a having a dire effect on the state of the English game.
“Managers in England have too much say about what is going on. All over the world, stability and consistency is the most important thing.
“In England, a new manager comes in, then brings his mate to take charge of the Under-12s. Most teams change managers about every 18 months, so that brings an incredible instability to the academy.
“That is absolutely killing the youth development in England, I’m convinced of that.”
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