Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has called for the introduction of a ‘Rooney Rule’ to allow home-grown managers the chance to compete with foreign imports in English football.
The vastly-experienced 61-year-old will go head-to-head with one of the Barclays Premier League’s newest overseas recruits on Wednesday evening when German Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool side to the Stadium of Light.
Allardyce has grown increasingly concerned at the lack of opportunities for British managers, something which has become a pet topic over the years, and he believes the situation has reached a stage where the authorities must act to level the playing field.
He said: “The problem for me is we are denying British coaches positions in all divisions now, particularly in the top division and the Championship, and we need to do something about that.
“As a country, as the FA, as the Premier League, we need to protect the position of our own highly-qualified coaches who are not even getting an interview now.
“What we could do is make sure that a British coach is interviewed for every position, a bit like the Rooney Rule.
“It would be a fantastic idea because there are so many coaches out there who are highly-qualified, have spent a huge amount of money qualifying and have a great amount of experience and are not even getting the opportunity to do the job in their own country as they should be.”
The Rooney Rule was adopted by the NFL in America to ensure at least one black or minority ethnic candidate is interviewed for every head coach vacancy in an attempt to address the lack of representation from those groups.