Paul Scholes: Why I prefer non-league football to the Premier League now

In an extract from a new book, Scholes talks about how he has fallen out of love with the Premier League and why he is not sure he will ever go into management

I dont find elite football as interesting to watch any more, especially in England. You hear about people saying English footballs the best football there is around. I think Spains by far the best league. Germany has better teams. In Italy probably the strength in depth isnt great. They talk about Italy being a bad league but I dont think English people look at it. They say its boring. No chance. The Juventus team would beat any team in this league. They came up to Manchester City and beat them easy. But we have this interpretation of the Italian league that its rubbish. They only try to defend. No chance.

The Spanish leagues the best by far if youre judging on the European competitions. In the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the Europa League in 201516, they had six of the 16 teams. Nearly half of them. The Premier League had just two.

There needs to be a real step up in quality in England. Other than Sergio Agero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, we dont have the best players. All the best players are in other countries.

The best players are in Spain or at Bayern Munich and Juventus. Were linked with big players Gareth Bale is a top player but we dont get them now. Not any more. You never see a Lionel Messi coming over here, you never see a Neymar in the Premier League.

I probably do enjoy watching Salford more. I dont know if its as much that I dont like the hassle of going to the game, getting in, sitting in traffic. Going to Salford, I park up behind the goal and get out of my car. But I genuinely get more enjoyment from watching even my sons team, Royter Town. Its like a mens team, but hes 16. He started playing a few games for them last season. I went to watch him once, it was 5-4. Its just entertainment.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/sep/05/paul-scholes-non-league-football-premier-league

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