Sachin Nakrani

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It is a little more than a month since Sam Allardyce appeared alongside Richard Keys and Andy Gray in their TV studio in Doha and moaned, without a hint of irony, about foreigners taking all the plum jobs. Well, more or less. What Allardyce claimed exactly was British managers are viewed as “second class” in their own country and have “nowhere to go” because the Premier League is a “foreign league in England”.

Nonsense Harry Douglas Womens Jersey then and even more so in a week when Allardyce took charge at Everton and Alan Pardew did the same at West Bromwich Albion, with the pair following in the footsteps of Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace and David Moyes at West Ham United. British managers have never had it so good. Certainly not those who have been there, done that.

The debate around these appointments is raging and, to some extent, it is not straightforward. For starters, is it fair to describe them all as old? There are 16 years between the youngest (Moyes, at 54) and the oldest (Hodgson, who is 70) and in manager terms what is old, anyway? Also, in the case of Allardyce, there is a history of embracing modern trends, so is he really the dinosaur most portray him to be?
Whatever the view, a sense of dreary deja vu is justified. Between them, Hodgson, Moyes, Allardyce and Pardew have been handed 18 Premier League jobs and won zero Brandon Morrow Jersey English trophies, while Moyes and Pardew have suffered Premier League relegation. Mediocrity, it appears, will always be rewarded by top-flight powerbrokers gripped by fear and a lack of imagination.
The irony is that this narrow thinking is in contrast to the generally cosmopolitan and creative feel of the Premier League. Step back and look at what is happening in England’s leading division and the sense is that it is opening up more than ever to new ideas and broader principles.
Manchester City are the standard bearers. A team made up of Brazilians, Argentinians, Belgians, Germans and – among other nationalities – young Englishmen encouraged to be better at their job, storming towards glory on the back of the deep principles of a Catalan manager who had supposedly Malcolm Jenkins Youth jersey been “found out” during his first season in this country.
Pep Guardiola refused to wilt and is thriving, with the joy not confined to the Etihad Stadium. As Barney Ronay recently wrote in these pages, City’s domination is something neutrals can also savour, such is the bewitching manner of their play.
City have spent a lot of money getting to this juncture – eight points clear, having won 12 matches in succession, following Wednesday’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Southampton. This is a top‑down revolution instigated by sovereign wealth, so we should take a breath before throwing too many garlands of virtue over their collective shoulders. But equally, Mikkel Boedker Jersey while money can buy talent it does not necessarily buy the level of expression and ambition City have generally shown this season.
It is not just at City that intriguing things are brewing. At Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, the development of thrilling teams built on the attacking principles of Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino continues to unfold.
In both cases it is not perfect – Liverpool’s defensive frailties continue to undermine them while Tottenham are in the midst of a poor domestic run that puts their hopes of a title challenge in serious doubt – but what is happening on Merseyside and in north London is exciting, progressive and ambitious. It is something that can also be said of the work being done by Marco Silva at Watford, transforming a bunch of players who appeared to be playing with the effects of a heavy pub lunch last season into one of the most dynamic and devastating teams in the country. Even in defeat, they did themselves credit against Manchester United on Tuesday.


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