From Sam Turner, Sandown:
Interesting to see the story about the FA scheme for grassroots football, '£1.5 million to grow the game’ (CP, 10-02-17).
But, and a big but, where will these youngsters go if the top flight in Britain is dominated by foreign managers and players?
Just take a look at Manchester City’s squad — from national media during January 2017: foreign manager Pep Guardiola and his largely foreign squad, Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, Will Caballero, Aleksander Kolarov, Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala and Claudio Bravo.
And it’s not just Man City, as all top clubs in England have an over-abundance of foreign players.
Just where will our grassroots youngsters fit in, in the years to come if year on year ever more foreign players (and managers) fill the top positions? Consequently, we will finish up with no English players available to make up our English national team.
With grassroots football already in decline across the nation and with foreign nationals dominating the top flight, it no longer pays for any youngster in Britain to dream of becoming a footballer in England’s top leagues.
Money and foreign players dominate and England’s youngsters have nowhere to go.