Hodgson untroubled by lack of English managers

Roy Hodgson (AFP)
Roy Hodgson (AFP)

London - England manager Roy Hodgson has declared that he is not concerned by the lack of Englishmen managing in the Premier League.

There are only three English managers in England's top flight -- Bournemouth's Eddie Howe, Crystal Palace's Alan Pardew and Sunderland's Sam Allardyce -- while Gary Neville, Hodgson's assistant, is managing Spanish side Valencia.

It means there is a small pool of potential English successors to Hodgson, whose contract is due to expire after Euro 2016, but he does not want to see English coaches given opportunities just for the sake of it.

"Would I like to see more English managers? Not necessarily," Hodgson told reporters at Wembley this week.

"I'd like to see Premiership clubs with good managers and I think there are an awful lot of good managers in the Premier League working well with their players.

"(Mauricio) Pochettino for example, an Argentinian -- we're still taking five players from his (Tottenham Hotspur) squad and are more than happy with the way they're working.

"I would rather be left out of the question about going English or foreign and leave it up to the clubs. My concern as English manager is a simple one: are they playing and working in such a way that I can use them and take advantage of their talent?"

Hodgson added that he had no plans to invite any English coaches to join his England staff.

"No, the team that works with me and has done for the last four years we're very happy with," he said.

"We think we've formed a strong team. We have a good goalkeeping coach in Dave Watson, we have Gary Neville, who has been extremely useful to us, and there is (assistant coach) Ray Lewington and I.

"There is no need for me to bring people in. I would like to think I'm able to share my thoughts and experiences with other coaches, but that doesn't extend to bringing them into our set-up because we're as big and strong as we can be. There is no room for other people."

England, who qualified for Euro 2016 with a 100 percent record, tackle world champions Germany in a friendly in Berlin next Saturday before facing the Netherlands at Wembley on March 29.

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