Football clubs these days tend to appoint overseas managers,Chelsea and Fulham to name some.Here at ayyazmalik.com we’re going to analyse to see if premier league clubs and more football league clubs in general maybe missing a trick by not appointing English managers.
What we will make you aware of is the talented managers who are in management at the moment, but might not be getting the recognition they deserve.
If we look at the premier league for example, where there is Steve Bruce managing Hull, we can quite clearly see the success they are currently enjoying this season. The Tigers are on course for their best premier league finish in their history and will be playing in a domestic cup final,Jose Mourinho can’t boast of that this season.
The former Huddersfield,Birmingham,Crystal Palace,Wigan and Sunderland boss does have a respectable record where ever he has been and although 53 year old is a bit more of a mature manager now, his CV is not bad at all and does deserve recognition of his achievements as a manager.
Then we have the example of Tottenham Hotstpur, they started the season with a foreign manager (Andre Villas Boas) and unfortunately for the Portuguese he got sacked in December after a few heavy defeats.Spurs replaced the former Porto and Chelsea coach with Englishmen Tim Sherwood.
The former under 21’s boss of Tottenham started off his reign as first team manager well, and crucially rejuvenated maverick forward Emanuel Adebayor. The Togolese striker was a non starter for A.V.B and looked like he was going to leave the North London club, but Sherwood to his credit with good man management has helped Adebayor get back to the form the football world knows he is capable of.
Although the 45 year old isn’t the youngest for a manager these days, I think it’s impressive how he has improved the teams fortunes and got them scoring more goals.
Speculation has been on going about Sherwood’s future, but he has shown his capabilities to a degree as a manager. If the 45 year old does lose his job however (which would be harsh) then I feel this Englishmen shouldn’t have a problem to get back into management.
At times this season he has been outspoken,criticising players through the media,but with Tim Sherwood you can see a manager who is very passionate and cares for his team.
In the championship we have Leicester City,who are managed by former Hull City manager Nigel Pearson.The 51 year old again is a bit more of a mature manager, but he does deserve credit as the Foxes agonisingly lost out in the play offs to Crystal Palace last season.
Pearson has had 2 spells as Leicester city, and has been consistent in both spells,the 51 year old is a talented manager but maybe isn’t getting the recognition he deserves, maybe because he isn’t in the premier league.With the Foxes promoted,and hoping they have a good season next season that should change.
This year Leicester in the championship have been a breath of fresh air,they are also the leading scorers in the championship and are already promoted to the premier league and it looks like they’re going to be promoted to be as champions.Sven Goran Eriksson wasn’t able to do that.
Second in the championship is Sean Dyche’s Burnley,the Clarets weren’t expected to get this far and have shocked many,myself included.With the ‘deadly duo’ upfront (Danny Ings and Sam Vokes) Burnley are with touching distance of being in the premier league again.
What makes the feat all the more impressive is that they have out performed sides such as QPR,who have spent heavily on bringing players in.Impressive home form and a good team spirit, the Clarets deserve to be where they are.
Again we look to the championship to emphasise the talented English managers that are in management, but not might get the credit they deserve.
I am referring to of course Steve McLaren, referred to ‘as the wholly with a brolly’ after England failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
A lot has changed since then and the 52 year old has enjoyed success abroad with FC Twente in Holland, where he won the domestic tittle.
Difficult spells at Wolfsburg and then Notts Forest then followed ,but its at East Midland rivals Derby where McLaren again has showed the football world he is a talented football manager.
There is also league 1,where Wolves Manager Kenny Jacket has impressively got Wanderers promoted at the 1st attempt and as champions.
Like Tottenham Wolves initially went for the foreign route when they appointed Stale Solbakken, but that appointment wasn’t successful as Wolves from being a premier league side to a league 1 side. Kenny Jacket though looks like the man to improve Wolves’ fortunes.
Also in league 1,a special mention deserves to go to Lleyton Orient manager Russell Slade. The 53 year old has been at Brisbane Road for 4 years and the O’s are in the play offs after a impressive season. Impressive cup runs through out his tenure as well shouldn’t go unnoticed, the 53 year old Slade has shown his capabilities at this level and has shown he does deserve a crack at a higher level.
I can’t write a article of this nature and not mention Rochdale manager Keith Hill.The 44 year old has had 2 spells at Spotland, and in this spell with Rochdale he looks almost certain to get them promoted again.
44 year old Hill is the youngest of all the managers we have profiled, but he has shown that he is a very talented manager. Keith Hill’s time at Barnsley after having a good 1st spell with Rochdale was disappointing and till this day is a black mark in his cv.
A good 1st spell though at Spotland,Hill’s time at Oakwell shouldn’t over shadow the success he has had at Rochdale.
So football league and premier league chairmen take note, you don’t have to look for a foreign manager all the time as we have shown you in this article there is talent ‘right on your door step’ so to speak, and in Derby’s case its proof in the pudding.