Ex-Man Utd, Everton favourite Neville: Foreign managers hurting English talent

Former Everton and Manchester United midfielder Phil Neville has taken aim at the Premier League's foreign managers.

Former Everton and Manchester United midfielder Phil Neville has taken aim at the Premier League's foreign managers.

Neville believes England's best young players are being held back by foreign managers and not receiving the sort of exposure he and his Manchester United contemporaries had 20 years ago.

“Managers have got to be a bit braver,” Neville told the Independent. “I asked the coaches here: does that change when you are a manager? I don't think it should. It didn't stifle Alex Ferguson's philosophy, bringing young players in. Look at what he has done with Tom Cleverley, the same with Danny Welbeck.

"Somebody up above [at Chelsea] should be saying 'we should be playing Chalobah'. Man City, Chelsea, they need to start producing their own players. Its foreign managers. A foreign manager would play a foreign player. Foreign players would then get in the way of our youngsters. They are not prepared to give our kids a chance, they don't believe in them enough. You want instant success. So you get players at 26 who are ready-made, rather than produce your own. I had my biggest lesson from 18 to 21 where I learned how to play man's football and our kids aren't getting that until they are 21 now.”

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