TONY PULIS is convinced Manchester United’s decision to appoint David Moyes as successor to Sir Alex Ferguson will inspire more ex-players to have a crack at management.
The Stoke City chief is delighted United turned to a British boss to fill the void left by Sir Alex’s retirement after more than 26 years at the Old Trafford helm rather than looking to the continent for his replacement.
And he believes it could have long-term benefits for the game in this country by helping to generate a new crop of home-grown managerial talent.
He said: “It’s very pleasing for us as the League Managers’ Association and everybody connected to the Premier League, whether you are a Welsh, Scottish, Irish or English manager.
“Liverpool have done it with Brendan Rodgers and Manchester United now have done it with David, so given the opportunity you might get that call one day to manage one of the big clubs.
“We have a lot of players know who when they finish their careers are very, very wealthy people and don’t have to do it for their livelihood.
“But they might want to do it if they feel and recognise that there is a chance to manage and not just play at the top level.”
Pulis has the highest regard for Moyes and the job he has done since taking charge at Everton back in 2002. “I’m absolutely delighted that David has got the job - I think it’s a fillip for every British manager,” he added.
“For a lad who has gone through the leagues with Preston and has done fantastically well at Everton for more than 10 years, for David to get this opportunity is brilliant.
“For the country, for all British managers and especially the young ones who are starting off, it gives them the ray of light that they need; that you have a chance to manage one of the top clubs, not one of those just under the top clubs.
“I’m just hoping and praying that David will be successful – I’m sure he will – and he’s given the time that Sir Alex was initially to make sure that he becomes as successful as he possibly can be.”