The England manager recently reached the conclusion that the English premier league was spoiling his country’s chances of winning a major tournament. Not that it’s any consolation to Roy but some of us came to the same conclusion many years ago.
Of the twenty premier league clubs at this point in time, only five have an English manager and currently only one of them manages a top ten side; and that is Big Sam at West Ham. The present champions have an Italian boss and this season’s winners are managed by a Scot. Of the four Scots in place at the moment only Paul Lambert’s Villa are outside the top ten.
More bad news for Roy is that with Reading and QPR likely to go down Malky McKay will increase the Scottish presence next season, and depending on which clubs join Cardiff City in the top flight, and which other club goes down, there could be less English managers than the current figure of five.
The English premier league has also had an effect on Scottish football but in a positive sense as more and more of the better players are finding work in the Premier and Championship leagues, which, it has to be conceded are currently of a much higher standard than the level in Scotland.
However, if someone asked whether we feel sorry for Roy North of the Border the answer is likely to be NO.