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English Managers deserving their chance? What the 2020/21 Premier League tells us

3 years ago

English Managers deserve their chance…or do they.

Increasingly in the Premier League era we have seen questions asked on why English Managers don’t get more of a chance.

To be fair, most of those questions asked by the likes of Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew, Steve McClaren, Steve Bruce and others, people who happen to be…English Managers.

They are then backed up by laughable clowns such as Richard Keys and his ilk, imaging conspiracies that prevent the likes of Allardyce becoming the managerial greats of their era.

This is how the Premier League table looks on Monday morning:

Breaking that down to the nationality of the manager, you get this picture:




Northern Ireland



Portugal / England***














Ryan Mason is caretaker until the end of the season until Spurs appoint somebody else permanently and ‘Portugal’ would be surely more accurate as this has been Mourinho’s season at Tottenham.

Anyway, ignoring that anomaly, at the bottom we have English Managers relegating all three clubs.

Of the bottom eight clubs, it is Ralph Hasenhuttl (Austria) and seven English Managers.

Indeed, all eight English Managers this season in the Premier League are in the bottom half, when you include Dean Smith and Villa who are eleventh. Nuno (Portugal) and Hasenhuttl the only two exceptions in amongst the eight.

In the top half no English Managers.

Is it simply because foreign managers automatically get all the best jobs and English Managers don’t?

The presence of Brendan Rodgers (Northern Ireland) and David Moyes (Scotland) in the current top five suggests not.

Yes, for the obvious clubs there tends to be a preference for Managers from other countries ahead of English Managers but is that not simply because they (foreign managers) are better?

When you look at Rodgers and Moyes they have also performed well in the past, Rodgers a whisker away from winning the Premier League with Liverpool, whilst Moyes had Everton regularly finishing between 4th and 6th back in the day.

It is a puzzle as to why there aren’t any top English Managers around, unless you do believe it is just lack of opportunity.

It is likely that of the English Managers around these days, Gareth Southgate could be the one to next get a relatively top job. My personal view is that he was really poor as Middlesbrough Manager and was incredibly lucky to get the England post.

Then having got it, I think Southgate has a brilliant set of options, far better than any previous England Manager has had for decades. I think this has covered up just how poor he is, results and performances relatively ok BUT I think a decent quality boss would have England absolutely flying and playing far better football than they do at the minute.

If / when Gareth Southgate does go back into club management, I think it will quickly become apparent just how poor he is and he won’t last long in whatever Premier League club he ends up in.

One of the English Managers who may be capable of bucking the foreign managers trend in years to come, is Steven Gerrard. I must admit I didn’t think he would be much good and I know it is at a lowly level but Gerrard has totally turned Rangers around and must be close to being considered when decent jobs come up in the Premier League.


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