DAVID Moyes' reputation may have taken a battering over the last three years, but not with me.

I have nothing but respect for him for going abroad to try to further his career in football.

It's a shame a lot more British managers don't do the same.

One who has is former Wanderers boss Colin Todd who is currently in his fourth season in charge of Danish club Randers FC.

You can read all about it on page 54 of today's paper as well as the first of the two-part interview on our website.

What he and Moyes did was buck the British trend by trying their hand abroad.

Only a handful are currently employed as managers of foreign clubs.

Without being disrespectful to any of them they are largely not well known and looking to make or restore their reputation in football.

And good luck to them. Football people in this country are far too insular when it comes to choosing where they work.

Those looking to get a job can often be heard moaning that nobody will give them a chance yet they don't appear willing to try for jobs in other countries.

Maybe they think the language would be an issue, but that doesn't stop foreign managers coming to England without being able to speak the language.

People say there are not enough British managers and the Premier League is full of foreign bosses.

The reason for that is the foreign managers who get the Premier League jobs are better than the British managers who are overlooked.

Instead of feeling sorry for themselves those Brits should look abroad and take any job they can to get a foot in the managerial door.

If they succeed they will put themselves in a strong position to get a job back home if they so wish.

If they fail, at least they will have tried, like Micky Adams, Graham Potter, Paul Ashworth, Kevin Cooper, Gregg Ryder, John Allen and Terry Fenwick have done in Europe, and ex-Wanderers boss Owen Coyle, Steve Kean and Adrian Heath have in other parts of the world.

What is needed is a mindset change in football, a more open-minded approach to plying their trade abroad.

It starts with our players. They seem more willing to rot in the reserves or drift out of the game than play in another country.

Again, people complain the high number of foreign players in the Premier League is bad for the national team.

Instead of complaining, those players should do what the foreigners do and travel abroad to play.

It means going out of their comfort zone, something our footballers have always had trouble with.

But if we can change the mindset of British players so they think nothing of moving around the world to develop themselves the England national team would benefit.

And when they become managers they would be more likely to do what Moyes, Todd and that handful of other managers have done and tried their hand abroad.

It's not foreigners coming here who are damaging our game but the British reluctance to travel.