Greg Dyke is the new FA Chairman, and he has come out and criticized clubs like Newcastle United for not playing enough English players in their side, and last week Premier League clubs agreed to work with a commission set up by the Football Association, to improve the development of young English players.
Kevin Keegan in his second stint as Newcastle manager – in 2008
We agree there needs to be more English players playing in the Premier League, but this sounds to us like ans excuse as to why the England side have won nothing since 1966.
Until 1992 we didn’t even have the Premier league and we had lots of Englishmen playing at the top levels in England, but the National side still couldn’t win anything.
Like everything in life you either have success or the results, or you have the reasons why you don’t have the results – it’s really that simple if sometimes rather inconvenient.
But we think Kevin Keegan has it right when he challenges young English players not to make it an excuse that there are not many Englishmen playing in the Premier League these days:
“There’s a big wake up message for the young players in England.” “You have to say to them, ‘What are you going to do about it?” “Why are these guys coming in from overseas?”
“Over the last 60 deals in the last window, over 40 of them were from overseas.” “Of every three players who are coming in, only one of them is British.” “So it’s a challenge.” “That’s what they’ve got to see it as.”
“You can’t say, ‘It’s not fair’.” “You have to say, ‘What are you going to do about it?” “That is the question they should be asking themselves. “Do you want to work a bit harder?” “Do you want to train harder?” “Do you want to concentrate more?”
“The big problem now is that the Premier League is bigger than the FA.” “The FA used to be the ruler of the game, the king or the Pope if you like. “Now the Premier League, because of the finance, is much wealthier.”
“With that money and with the volume of people coming into their side of the game in terms of sponsorship, it gives them a lot of power.” “So the Premier League won’t be dictated to by the FA.”
Keegan is right about the Premier League now being bigger than the English FA, and that has caused some problems, but the bottom line is that young England players have to become good enough to play in the Premier League, whatever else is going on with the foreign players coming in.
That’s the challenge, and we think Kevin has hit the nail on the head, and another way to look at the situation is that young English players have to be even better these days to play in the top English league.
That cannot be bad, and should help in getting an England side that can actually win something.
Wouldn’t that be something.
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