It’s a sad fact but the English Premier League has never been won by a manager from England. Scotland has won it the most!
Can you think of how many English managers there are in the Premier League at the moment? With one club (Tottenham Hotspur) without a manager the number is a paltry four. That’s less than twenty five per cent.
That figure was higher until recently when Harry Redknapp and Roy Hodgson were both managing teams.
The good news is the three promoted teams all have English Managers which is a bonus at least, in Nigel Adkins, Brian McDermott and Sam Allardyce.
The highest ranked Englishman from last season that is still in his job is Alan Pardew; it wasn’t difficult to come first as he is the only one left in a job from last season.
What doesn’t make sense to me is how Scotland can produce such good managers and yet their international side isn’t really that good.
Then England, who is nearly always in the top ten teams in the world can’t get an Englishman to win the Premier League. Who says football is a funny old game!
The last Englishman to win the title was Howard Wilkinson with Leeds United; but that was the final year before the birth of the Premier League and was of course Division One.
Manchester United has won the title twelve times since the Premier League started 20 years ago and all with the same manager.
Chelsea and Arsenal are joint second with three titles each; Arsenal all with the same manager. Chelsea’s were two with ‘the special one’ and one with Carlo Ancelotti in 2010 - French, Italian and Portuguese bosses.
In joint third are Blackburn and Manchester City on one title each. Kenny Dalglish won it for the Lancashire club - another Scot- while Mancini won it with City, the second Italian to do so in three years.
We should I guess be thankful the English national team has an English manager once again in Roy Hodgson, who has another chance to prove himself tomorrow night.
But whose fault is it that there isn’t an English manager or managers at the top or at least near it?
The amount of money in the game shows that top clubs want the best man for the job and if he isn’t English then it doesn’t matter - or so it would seem.
Look at the vacant Spurs position. Are there any Englishmen under consideration? Andre-Villas Boas and Laurent Blanc are believed to be the front runners.
It doesn't look good and we should hope that the four Englishmen who are in employment at the top clubs can at least hold onto their jobs.
Who is to blame for the lack of English managers? Are they simply not good enough or just not given a chance?
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