Aston Villa manager Dean Smith believes English managers can only land a job in the Premier League by leading a club to the Premier League all the way from the second tier.
Smith has been appointed the new boss of Aston Villa and John Terry will be assisting him at the Villa Park. Currently, there has been a dearth of quality English coaches especially in the top flight as amongst the 20 Premier League clubs only four is being managed by an English man.
Villa were pretty close in securing a long due promotion last season but their party got gatecrashed as Fulham edged them by a solitary goal in the playoffs final to go up. The Midland giants are currently struggling in 15th position and it would take a lot for Smith to lead them to the automatic qualifications spot.
The former Brentford boss said, “There are some terrific young British managers and coaches in the game.
“I’ve had some great tactical battles with them in League One and the Championship.
“They are out there, and they have a lot to offer.
“But if you are young, British and ambitious, it’s so hard now to get a job in the Premier League unless you win promotion.
“For whatever reason, owners don’t automatically turn to English or British coaches first: They cast the net far and wide.
“I also believe British coaches need to go and learn a lot more about what’s out there as well. At Brentford, myself and (assistant) Richard O’Kelly brought in Thomas Frank, who was manager at (Danish club) Brondby, to help out on our coaching staff because he can bring us something different.
“We can learn from each other and Thomas has a different outlook, but like young players, coaches need to expand their horizons and keep challenging themselves – and that includes working in a different country.”