Harry hails home-grown bosses
Harry Redknapp believes the success of managers from the United Kingdom shows what they can achieve if chairmen have a bit of faith.
Last Updated: 04/04/12 9:37am
Harry Redknapp believes the success of managers from the United Kingdom in the Premier League this season shows what they can achieve if chairmen have a bit of faith.
Redknapp has championed the ability of home-grown bosses for many years and it has been a source of frustration to him that top-flight clubs often look abroad.
He has noticed a welcome change this term, though, with the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Paul Lambert and Alan Pardew earning praise for the work they have done.
Rodgers and Lambert have established newly-promoted teams in mid-table with Swansea and Norwich respectively, while Pardew's Newcastle have defied expectations to challenge for European qualification.
"Of course if you give them a chance it shows you what they can do," Tottenham manager Redknapp, who remains favourite to take charge of England, said in the Daily Mirror.
"As I have said before, the only way the young boys can get a job (in the Premier League) is to get a team promoted - Tony Pulis at Stoke has always said that.
"He wouldn't have got a chance in the Premier League unless he brought Stoke up and he's done a great job.
"It is hard. People don't give them a chance. They go for foreign managers, most clubs have got foreign owners now.
"They want big names. They read about big names and think, 'oh that's all right, we will bring him over'. And it is very difficult to bring people in."
As well as Pardew, Rodgers and Lambert, the likes of Martin O'Neill and David Moyes have again shown what they can do at the highest level.
And Redknapp would love to see even more young managers given an opportunity in the Premier League.
He continued: "If you don't get a chance to manage at the top you will never know.
"How do you know if you don't give them a chance? You might be at a club and you might be very good but if you don't bring them up because the players aren't anywhere near good enough, you might still be a fantastic manager.
"But you might take over a team where you really don't know what you can do with them.
"You have got no money, no budget, but you are still keeping the club competitive. You are still doing a good job but you are not going to get one of the big jobs, that is the problem."