Sheepshanks optimistic over future
Published : 09 Nov 2011 08:46:59
National Football Centre chairman David Sheepshanks believes there will be no need for England to appoint a foreign coach after 2020.
There are currently 100,000 qualified coaches in England. By 2018, the FA expect to have 250,000, raising standards right across the game.
Asked if that meant England would never have another foreign manager, Sheepshanks replied: "Let's hope we don't need one."
He added: "Another of the success measures is that we have homegrown Premier League and international managers emanating from the educational advantages that will be offered by St George's Park."
Football Association chairman David Bernstein has claimed he will not begin the hunt for Fabio Capello's successor until after Euro 2012, with Harry Redknapp the overwhelming favourite ahead of Roy Hodgson.
Beyond the Tottenham and West Brom managers, there would be an element of head-scratching among those who desire a home-grown candidate.
Yet again this season, England's four Champions League contenders are being coached by non-Englishmen and while Tony Pulis and Chris Hughton are joining Redknapp in gaining Europa League experience, it was significant that Chelsea chose Andre Villas-Boas when they needed a new manager this summer.
It is that kind of decision the FA are aiming to remove the need for with their grand £105million St George's Park project in Burton, of which Sheepshanks has been made chairman.
As with the academy structure among elite clubs, Sheepshanks is aware the fruits of St George's Park - a centre for coaches to be coached - will not be seen immediately. However, he is confident the long-term aims will be met.
"It is unlikely we will see a difference in 2014 or 2015," he said. "When anything new becomes operational, it usually does have some immediate benefits. But I see this as a very long-term project. I think we will only see the fruits of St George's Park from 2020 onwards."