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Alan Curbishley says manager job insecurity to blame for lack of youth development

Ex-Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has said that instability at Premier League clubs and regular managerial changes is affecting the development of young English players.

Gus Poyet was the most recent manager to succumb to the pressure to succeed in such a short space of time and he was sacked by Sunderland after being in charge for just one year and five months.

Poyet’s name is just another added to the long list of Premier League manager’s that have barely stepped foot in the door before being given the boot or walking away from the club.

Short-term Premier League managerial posts since 2011

Short-term Premier League managerial posts since 2011

“You’re averaging a year in the Premier League for a manager at the moment and if you think that you’re only going to be in the job for a year, then your thinking has got to be short-term and it’s about survival and doing well,” said Alan Curbishley while speaking on The Morning View for Sky Sports News.

“There’s pressure on clubs to do well, so if there is a choice between playing a young player for the future of the club or bring in an experienced player, if your job’s on the line, you’re invariably going to go for the experienced player.”

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Curbishley is currently coaching at Championship side Fulham and believes that unless manager’s are given the chance to be in the job for a significant period of time, they won’t be able to think about the club’s future.

“When you think long-term, that’s when you become more open to bringing in young players and developing them.

“That’s the problem at the moment, there’s only a couple of managers in the Premier League, and I’ll probably say Arsene Wenger’s one of them, who has been there for the long run, so he can afford to bring his young players through if he can.

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“There’s managers that get into a job and think they’re only going to be around for a year or a little bit longer than that – they’re the ones who have got the problem.

“I think until we make it more stable for the manager, the manager’s only going to start thinking short-term, and that then is detrimental to the young players.”

Do Premier League manager’s need longer in the job in order to develop young players?

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MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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