SAM ALLARDYCE has blasted “foreign” coaches, suggesting English bosses are now seen as “second-class” in the Premier League.
The former England boss, 63, saw red after home-grown boss Craig Shakespeare was replaced by Frenchman Claude Puel at Leicester.
Shakespeare’s axing left just seven British and Irish coaches in the English top flight.
Allardyce has now claimed the Premier League has become a foreign league in its own country.
The ex-Bolton and Blackburn boss said: “I think you are almost deemed as second class because it is your country.
“It is a real shame that we are highly-educated, highly-talented coaches now with nowhere to go.
“The Premier League is the foreign league in England now.
“When you look across the owners, the managers and the coaches [and] the players, that is exactly what it is now.”
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Meanwhile, Allardyce has also lashed out at his former club, West Ham, for their abysmal start to the 2017-18 season.
Last week, the Hammers were battered 3-0 at home to Brighton, with Slaven Bilic now desperately clinging on to his job at the London Stadium.
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On Friday, Allardyce slammed their back-line, saying: “The team has a great flair about it going forward, but they don’t have defensive solidarity.
“I don’t see the form players getting behind the ball and protecting the back four.
“They play an extremely open game and the defence on its own doesn’t seem to be able to keep the opposition out.
“I watch the Brighton game and I was stunned by the lack of defensive quality of the team.”