Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has lashed out at critics who questioned his call for the next Red Devils manager to be British.
The England coach, who spent his entire career at Old Trafford, is anxious to see his old club continue its tradition of overlooking foreign candidates in favour of an appointment from the home nations.
The champions are on the lookout for their next permanent boss, having sacked David Moyes last week and replaced him with veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs on an interim basis. Giggs got off to a winning start courtesy of a comfortable 4-0 triumph over relegation-threatened Norwich City at the weekend and he is one of the names Neville has put in the frame to get the nod for next season and beyond. Dutchman Louis van Gaal is the bookmakers’ favourite to be chosen. Neville’s call for a British choice received some withering responses on Twitter, and the ex-defender took to the social media site to continue the debate, using Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers as an example of steering clear of the overseas option.
He said: “No British managers are qualified apparently.
Brendan Rodgers was Swansea manager 22 months ago! It’s called opportunity!”
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