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Moyes fears for British managers

ESPN staff
June 8, 2014
David Moyes was sacked by Manchester United in April © Getty Images

David Moyes fears he could be the last British manager to be given a chance at a top club in the Premier League.

After a successful 11-year spell at Everton, Moyes lasted just 10 months at Manchester United, getting sacked in April having been appointed on a six-year deal as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor.

With Liverpool the only club in the Premier League's top seven last season currently employing a homegrown manager, Moyes insists it is important to see more of them coaching at the pinnacle of the game in England.

"To do a top job, I believe you have to earn your stripes,'' Moyes told several national newspapers.

"The route through to the top for a British manager is a long process and maybe having a job abroad and getting recognised for your work there, might be the way in the future.

"But I hope I won't be the last one to be given a chance to manage one of the top ones.''

Moyes pointed to the work being done by Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, with the Northern Irishman having taken Liverpool from seventh place in 2012-13 to narrowly missing out on the title this season.

"Brendan has come in and with the time he's been given has been able to turn round Liverpool and I think it's really important for British mangers that he's done that,'' Moyes added.

"Brendan was given the opportunity and because of that Liverpool have a good future. Tony Pulis also showed what our managers can do [having rescued Crystal Palace from relegation danger]. I hope I'm not the end of British managers getting opportunities at the top.''

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