Former Manchester United Player Ryan Giggs has said there are “too many foreigners” in England and they are stopping British coaches getting a chance to prove themselves.
Ryan Giggs has told BBC Sport there are “too many foreigners” in England and they are stopping British coaches getting a chance to prove themselves.
Giggs, 43, worked as Louis van Gaal’s assistant at Manchester United after retiring in 2014 and was reportedly among the contenders to replace the Dutchman but missed out to Jose Mourinho and is yet to take up a first senior management position.
The former Wales international had an interview for the Swansea City job that eventually went to Bob Bradley, but he has welcomed the club’s subsequent appointment of Paul Clement.
“It’s good to see a British coach getting a chance,” he said. “I don’t think there’s enough [British managers] at the moment.
“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,” added Giggs.
“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.”
As it stands in the Premier League, West Bromwich Albion’s Tony Pulis is the highest-placed British manager in eighth position and only seven of the 20 sides in the top-flight have British managers.