MARTIN DOWEY: Change in culture a refreshing one

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It has been refreshing of late to see a number of British managers being given the nod in the upper echelons of English football.

Previously there seemed to be a culture of casting the net far and wide to bring in a chap from foreign shores, who wasn’t even versed in the English language.

Swansea were the first to truly go against the grain when Garry Monk seized the reins from Michael Laudrup almost a year ago.

Since then we have seen a handful of other top-flight clubs, including Crystal Palace and Newcastle United going local and recruiting from their own cities.

Affinity to a club is something I feel is so vital.

Chatting to Paul Foot on a regular basis you can see the passion he has for Scarborough Athletic.

When I spoke to Foot’s former Scarborough FC teammate Mark Quayle for this week’s back page story, he underlined that he was a great appointment because he ‘is as passionate as the day is long.’

Passion is key to fans, especially the more vociferous ones.

I listened to Hull boss Steve Bruce talking about Newcastle’s appointment of John Carver on Saturday while I was heading out to Boro’s game at Burscough.

Bruce said it is important to have a Geordie in the helm on Tyneside because the locals appreciate it.

Carver’s previous taste of management at Toronto didn’t work out, but does that make him a bad manager?

Saturday’s performance and result at Bruce’s Hull suggests otherwise.

When you have that link and you feel wanted you tend to try harder, that is the case in every line of work.

No doubt, being a Geordie, Carver feels that affinity.

The English way is to always want English people in big roles to fail, maybe that will be the case with Newcastle supporters because they will want that big name at the helm.

English managers seem to get a tough ride of it, while gaffers from further afield are allowed a little more room to manouvre.

Had Sam Allardyce or David Moyes taken the role at Manchester City and spent £40million on Eliaquim Mangala, a defender who looks distinctly average, then the fans and media would have been calling for their heads.

Manuel Pellegrini and Louis van Gaal, his counterpart across the city at United, seem to be able to splash out what they want without repercussion.

Managers like Van Gaal and Pellegrini will get their time to instill their style on the respective clubs, though for them it is just a job.

Sadly, in contrast, many of their English counterparts, who have true feeling for their club, will not.