‘Lamps & Co can be top-six bosses’

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sports -

AN ENGLISH coach will be man­ag­ing a top-six Pre­mier League side soon, ac­cord­ing to Three Lions boss Gareth South­gate.

He is con­fi­dent that, if young man­agers like Derby’s Frank Lam­pard keep pro­gress­ing, they will make the break­through.

South­gate pre­sented Sh­effield United boss Chris Wilder with the LMA Man­ager of the Year Award last week – and is de­lighted home­grown bosses are mak­ing a splash.

“I had a good chat with Chris the other night and I mes­saged Frank Lam­pard and Dean Smith at As­ton Villa. Am I com­fort­able sup­port­ing English man­agers and coaches? One hun­dred per cent. We have some of the best for­eign man­agers in the world here. But some­times we are quick to look abroad when there are re­ally out­stand­ing, young English guys com­ing through.

“At the World Cup, I felt I had a re­spon­si­bil­ity for English coaches as much as I did for the team. At the mo­ment, man­ag­ing a top-six club wouldn’t be so easy for these guys, but

I see that hap­pen­ing in time.”

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