Harry Redknapp slams Premier League clubs for overlooking British managers: ‘The only ones that get mentioned are foreign’

Harry Redknapp slams Premier League clubs for overlooking British managers: ‘The only ones that get mentioned are foreign’
2 Apr Redknapp
Aden-Jay Wood

By Aden-Jay Wood

Published: 03/04/2022

- 11:06

Updated: 14/02/2023

- 11:55

Redknapp singles out Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche who he believes would never have got an opportunity in the Premier League if they didn't gain promotion

Harry Redknapp has hit out at Premier League clubs for constantly overlooking British managers in favour of employing coaches from overseas.

Eight of the current 20 Premier League managers are British, while none of the coaches in charge of the current top seven clubs in the table are from the UK.

Redknapp, who managed the likes of Tottenham, QPR and Portsmouth during his illustrious career, believes that British managers are being overlooked in England’s top division.

When asked by GB News presenter Mark Dolan whether there was snobbery within the Premier League and among club chairmen towards British Managers, Redknapp exclusively told the channel: “I think there is, for sure.

“There’s some great manager’s down in the lower leagues who never get the chance to manage (in the Premier League). Eddie Howe, for instance. He manages Newcastle, he would never have been recognised or known if he hadn’t had got promoted.

“The only way you’ll get a job in the Premier League if you’re a young British manager is if you take a team up, to get promoted.

Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp
GB News

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe claps the away fans after the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2022.
Redknapp singled out Newcastle boss Eddie Howe
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“Sean Dyche did it, he took Burnley up so suddenly he got a chance to manage in the Premier League and hopefully his career will keep going forward. Eddie Howe was the same.

“You never get an opportunity to manage a top four team if you’re a British manager. It seems every time they look for a manager, the only ones that get mentioned are foreign.

“Manchester United have taken another foreign manager, I watched the play on Saturday, nothing has changed there.”

Redknapp also explained the importance of players and man management during a manager’s career.

He continued: “The most important thing for any football manager is good players, you need good players.

“It’s about man management, getting the best out of them. Alex Ferguson was a fantastic manager, a great man manager, he wasn’t a coach, he didn’t go out on the training ground every day and taking incredible session and I’ve never seen anyone who could do that.

“It was man management, understanding a team and getting the best out of them, making them want to play for you and the team.”

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