Premier League: There are now just FIVE British and Irish managers in the Premier League

Premier League: There are now just FIVE British and Irish managers in the Premier League

There are now just FIVE British and Irish managers in the Premier League following Ralph Hasenhuttl’s arrival at Southampton… and that number could reach new record lows in 2019

  • Southampton appointed Ralph Hasenhuttl to take over from Mark Hughes
  • It leaves the Premier League with a historic low of five Brit and Irish bosses
  • Number could be set to drop further with rise of foreign bosses in Championship
  • Sportsmail looks at how British and Irish managers have dwindled in top flight

Dan Ripley for MailOnline

Southampton wasted little time in appointing Ralph Hasenhuttl as their new manager following the dismissal of Mark Hughes this week.

For the Saints they are just the latest side to go continental for a new boss in an attempt to kick-start a poor start to a Premier League campaign that sees them sit in the bottom three of the table fighting relegation.

Going overseas used to be Plan B for the English top flight when it came to looking for a new boss, yet it is now becoming the primary search area.

Hasenhuttl’s appointment means there are just five British and Irish managers left in the Premier League – there were as many as 12 just four years ago.

Now just 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 four other managers had to earn their Premier League spots through earning promotion from the Championship with their respective clubs.

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

But for the first 20 years this was relatively steady, until the start of the 2012-13 season when the mass exodus started.

Before that campaign, foreign managers in the Premier League had been 25 per cent or less, but since then there has been a near constant increase in foreign appointments.

It is notable that around this point there are notable failures of British appointment at some of the bigger clubs in the country.

Roy Hodgson barely lasted half a season at 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 results and performance having noticeably improved.

Manchester United chose to stick with 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 hardly raised the bar. 

BRITISH AND IRISH MANAGERS AT START OF EVERY SEASON

1992-93 – 22 (every side)

1993-94 – 21

1994-95 – 21 

1995-96 – 20 (every 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

* Refers to Liverpool being under sole charge of Gerard Houllier

** Aston Villa started season with Kevin MacDonald in caretaker charge 

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

After dismissing Tim Sherwood for a sixth-place finish in 2014, they have since found success in another Argentine in Mauricio Pochettino.

The rise of Pochettino can be seen as a key factor for the urge of Premier League clubs to go foreign from lower down the table.

Pochettino’s claim to fame before joining Southampton halfway through 2012 was being the man to trip Michael Owen which won England a penalty at the 2002 World Cup.

There was shock when he was drafted in to replace Nigel Adkins, who had been doing a competent job in trying to keep Southampton in the Premier League following promotion.

But not only did he keep the Saints up, he guided them to eighth place the following season with a brand of stylish pressing football – leading to his move to Spurs.

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

Arsene Wenger may have been the first foreign manager to make a success of the Premier League with Arsenal in 1996 but it is only in the last few years the entire top flight has sought for a magic fix for an attractive name abroad. 

Whatever the reasons, it appears Premier League clubs are turning their backs on British and Irish coaches. Managers from the lower divisions are finding it increasingly difficult to earn a promotion to English football’s top ladder as relatively unknown names from abroad are given the chance to impress in front of them.

Even the promotion channels of Howe, Hughton and Dyche and Warnock are at risk in the future as the Championship has also started to look abroad.

The success of Wolverhampton Wanderers under Nuno Santo, has been followed this term in the second tier in the shape of Leeds United and Norwich City.

Both clubs are in the automatic promotion spots to reach the Premier League and have foreign managers in Marcelo Bielsa and Daniel Farke, while only half the teams in the current play-off spots feature British managers.

It has never looked bleaker for British and Irish managers in the Premier League.

With three of them involved in a relegation battle, the possibility of a top flight next term featuring just Howe and Hughton as British and Irish managers is not beyond the realms of possibility.

 

 




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