Now there are only five English and Irish leaders in the Premier League


Southampton lost little time in appointing Ralph Hasenhuttl as a new manager after Mark Hughes fired this week.

For the saints it is only the last team to go to continence for a new leader in an attempt to kick off a bad start for a Premier League campaign that sees them sit at the back of the table to fight relegation.

Going overseas was plan B for maximum English flight when it came to looking for a new boss, but now it is becoming the main research area.

The appointment of Hasenhuttl means that there are only five British and Irish managers left in the Premier League – there were 12 only four years ago.

Now only Sean Dyche (Burnley), Neil Warnock (Cardiff City), Eddie Howe (Bournemouth), Chris Hughton (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace) represent that contingent.

With the exception of Hodgson, the other four managers had to earn Premier League points by promoting the league with their clubs.

The decline of British and Irish managers was gradual since the formation of the Premier League in 1992.

But for the first 20 years this has been relatively constant, until the start of the 2012-13 season, when mass exodus began.

Before that campaign, the Premier League foreign leaders had been 25% or less, but since then there has been an almost constant increase in foreign appointments.

It is noteworthy that around this point there are significant failures in the British appointment in some of the country's biggest clubs.

Roy Hodgson lasted only half a season in Liverpool in 2010, and after Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers failed to deliver more than one League Cup between them, Jurgen Klopp was hired in 2015 – with significantly improved results and performance.

Manchester United chose to stay with the British when Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, but his replacement David Moyes failed to last the season. Although his successors Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have just lifted the shot.


1992-93 – 22 (each side)

1993-94 – 21

1994-95 – 21

1995-96 – 20 (each side)

1996-97 – 19

1997-98 – 18

1998-99 * – 16

1999-00 – 15

2000-01 – 17

2001-02 – 16

2002-03 – 16

2003-04 – 17

2004-05 – 16

2005-06 – 15

2006-07 – 16

2007-08 – 15

2008-09 – 16

2009-10 – 15

2010-11 ** – 15

2011-12 – 15

2012-13 – 13

2013-14 – 11

2014-15 – 12

2015-16 – 9

2016-17 – 7

2017-18 – 8

2018-19 – 6

* It refers to the fact that Liverpool is under the sole responsibility of Gerard Houllier

** Aston Villa started the season with Kevin MacDonald in charge of goalkeeper

Even Tottenham Hotspur, who hired the first non-British and Irish Premier League manager at Ossie Ardiles, has turned his back on the British in recent times.

After firing Tim Sherwood for sixth place in 2014, they found success in another Argentina at Mauricio Pochettino.

The rise of Pochettino can be seen as a key factor for the Premier League clubs' drive to go from the bottom to the bottom.

The Pochettino affirmation for fame before joining Southampton in mid-2012 was the man who hired Michael Owen who won England with a penalty at the 2002 World Cup.

It was a shock when he was drafted to replace Nigel Adkins, who had done a competent job in trying to keep Southampton in the Premier League after promotion.

But not only did he keep the Saints high, he led them up to the eighth place of the following season with a mark of elegant pressing football – which led to his move to the Spurs.

Marco Silva had a similar introduction to English football, first in Hull City, then in Watford and now in Everton.

Arsene Wenger may have been the first foreign manager to make the Premier League a success with Arsenal in 1996, but it is only in the last few years that the entire flight has sought a magical solution for an attractive name at the time. ;abroad.

Whatever the reason, it seems that the Premier League clubs are turning their backs on the British and Irish coaches. The managers of the lower divisions are finding it increasingly difficult to earn a promotion on the best scale of English football, as the relatively unknown names from abroad have the ability to impress in front of them.

Even the promotion channels of Howe, Hughton, Dyche and Warnock are at risk in the future, as the league has started to look at foreign countries as well.

The success of Wolverhampton Wanderers under Nuno Santo, was followed in this second phase in the form of Leeds United and Norwich City.

Both teams are in the automatic promotion points to reach the Premier League and have foreign managers in Marcelo Bielsa and Daniel Farke, while only half of the teams in the current spot play-offs are represented by British managers.

It never seemed darker for the British and Irish managers in the Premier League.

With three of them involved in a relegation battle, the possibility of a top flight for the next term that includes only Howe and Hughton as British and Irish managers is not outside the realms of possibility.


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