As has rapidly become the case in the modern era, most successful football teams in the English Premier League are invariably managed by coaches who don’t actually come from England at all.
The top four at this current stage – Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United – are supervised by a Portuguese, Chilean, French and Dutch manager respectively, with little room for home grown coaches to make much of an impact.
Whilst such a trend seems to be taking place at a pretty alarming rate at the moment, there are still a few brave men willing to stake the claim for all Englishmen in the management game, even though today they work with a distinct lack of compatriots by their side.
In light of such developments then, just who is the most promising English manager currently plying his trade in the Premier League?
Sam Allardyce – Whilst Big Sam maybe the most opinion splitting manager out of this whole bunch, the former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn man certainly knows how to keep teams away from the dreaded threat of relegation. Allardyce sticks to his guns on most occasions and usually ends each campaign as safe as houses – yet that doesn’t mean he isn’t short of his critics.
Big Sam simply sacrifices a great deal of entertainment and style in order the grind out the results, and on the basis of such reasoning alone, doesn’t deserve to be labelled the best English manager currently operating at the moment.
Alan Pardew – Even if it turns out to be nothing more than a great honeymoon period with his current club Crystal Palace, Eagles fans will nevertheless likely hold Pards in strong stead for a good while to come. He has transformed what looked like a slow, lethargic team who were short of ideas under Neil Warnock, and made them into a side who are becoming increasingly easier on the eye to watch nowadays.
As Alan Pardew still has a great deal of bad rep to shake off from his time at St. James’ however, perhaps it’s too early to be so giving with the praise after only a short time in charge at Palace.
Sean Dyche – The determined Burnley boss is fast becoming a new man in the dug-out worth keeping an eye on so far this campaign. Most within the wider footballing community saw the Clarets as dead certs to go down at the end of the season – and whilst relegation may still ultimately await Dyche’s men this year – no one could accuse them of not putting up a fight.
The former Watford boss brings with him an air of confidence even when the odds aren’t in his favour. Dyche is an old school, never say die style manager – but as much of his respect hangs on whether or not Burnley stay up this season – maybe we all need to wait and see before our final judgement is cast. See if Burnley can avoid relegation with our betting previews for the upcoming Premier League games.
Garry Monk – Swansea’s relatively new man in charge therefore deserves a good shout as the most promising English manager currently within the game. Whilst there may be a clear shortage of other contenders to deal with in the sport today, Monk deserves praise for maintaining the impressive stability the Swans have so far displayed throughout their time in the Premier League.
The Welsh outfit may not be world beaters by any stretch of the imagination, Monk may have only been in the job for a brief time so far – but even without one Wilfried Bony on board – Swansea look more than worth their current top 10 place in the English top-flight, and that is simply because their manager is doing a great job at the moment.
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