Leicester manager Micky Adams has heralded a bright new dawn for British-grown managers who he believes are more than capable of holding their own in the Premiership against foreign counterparts.
Adams’ relegation-threatened Foxes travel to take on Charlton at the weekend with the Walkers Stadium supremo paying tribute to the achievements of Addicks boss Alan Curbishley.
But where Curbishley has blazed a trail, others have followed and Adams also highlighted the achievements of Carling Cup winner Steve McClaren at Middlesbrough, Sam Allardyce of Bolton and Steve Bruce at Birmingham.
“I’m certainly not taking anything away from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal,” said Adams. “But I think it’s also important to say there have been some outstanding performances from English managers in the Premiership this year.
“I’d put Alan Curbishley right up there but then you’ve also got to talk about Sam Allardyce, Steve McClaren and Steve Bruce of course.
“I think young English managers are really beginning to show their worth now.
“They were always going to come through but now we’re seeing the benefits of English managers being given the time they need to succeed at their respective clubs.
“Curbs has certainly been given that at Charlton and you can really see how they’re reaping the benefits of that down there.
“They always say your first year in the Premiership is the hardest – and after the season we’ve had to date I can really understand that view – but when Curbs went up and then back down with Charlton, the board there showed faith in their manager and look at them now.
“Alan has established his club in the Premiership and you’d probably have to say he’s provided a model for other clubs coming out of the Football League and into the top flight.
“It’s certainly a path we’d like to follow.”
But while the future may be bright for English managers as a group, the outlook is somewhat bleaker for Adams the individual as Leicester currently lie second bottom and six points adrift of safety.
Ahead of Saturday’s trip to The Valley, Adams said: “It’s got to the stage now where we need to win a game if only to start feeling good about ourselves again.
“The mood’s been pretty good in our camp though and we still believe there’s a lot riding on the last three games of the season, even if other people outside the club do not.
“We’re determined to push ourselves up the league if we can.
“We certainly do not want the worst-case scenario of finishing bottom because I believe we’re a better team than that.
“Even if we finish third bottom, that would be preferable if only from a financial point of view.”
Meanwhile, Adams will be able to count of the services of Les Ferdinand at The Valley following the veteran striker’s decision to postpone a knee operation until after the end of the campaign.