After the recent scandal involving Sam Allardyce seeing him sacked after one game, it's had me thinking. Why is English football so bad? Why do we rarely see genuine world class players and why can they never play well together?
For me their are many reasons. The FA for one. I did a bit of digging. The RFU is the rugby version of the FA. It comprises mainly ex players, coaches and directors. Its president is England's record appearance holder. Its chairman is a well respected former captain who lead the team to a grand slam in 1980. The FA on the other hand have a businessman as chairman and Prince William as it's president (lol).
While running down the list there isn't a single ex player. You see people like David Gill who, while being an astute businessman, isn't a genuine football enthusiast. He wants the team to succeed for the business and that's the problem. They don't see it the way we do. They want the team to win to create a revenue. Just watch this very short clip on YouTube (someone embed it if you can please) https://youtu.be/jd3zYUrXFC4
This is an ex England captain working for the RFU (rugby's fa) who is saying his biggest challenge at the moment is to get younger players (over 18) playing more games. Thats the same problem we have in football. As it stands English rugby has some of the best young (18-23 yo) players in the game. I literally think they are about to embark on something special. As it stands, when you look through any premiership side in rugby, you see a core of English players. Not only that, but you rarely see foreign players in the lower leagues. You see one or two a team that's it. Looking through championship and league 1 even league 2 you see sides made up of ourneymen from France, Spain, Italy etc. The roots have been destroyed and the FA needs to sort it.
The way I'd sort this would be simple. Each side is allowed 5 foreign players on the pitch at one time. The rest must be English. So 5 in the Premiership 4 in the Championship 3 in league 1 and 2 for league 2. You also must have at least 5 players who have come from your own youth setup (from 16 or younger) on the pitch or on the bench.
Now I know that would be radical and change the face of English football, but the rewards would be immense. Firstly, only the best foreign players would make it to the Premiership. It would almost be a holy grail. To be on the pitch for a premiership team as a foreigner would be a privilege. The first few years would be tough and the league would be upside down, but after 5 seasons or so, the cream would rise to the top. The team with the best English players would soon show. The England manager would be able to go to every game to watch potential players rather than one or two in a couple of games. Local derby's would be local derby's again. Only 1 mancunian was in the Manchester derby. Complete shambles.
I honestly think this would work for both our national side and our league.