Chris Wilder Leads A New Wave Of English Managers In The Premier League
The Premier League next season will see some fresh faces on the touchline and despite all of Sam Allardyce’s whining - six English managers in charge on the opening day.
That is, of course, barring any shock changes over the next few months but we are certain to see three English managers in the top flight who have never managed in the league before.
Graham Potter has been announced as the new Brighton manager after his short spell at Swansea, giving the former Ostersunds manager a chance to test himself in the Premier League. Chris Wilder is another who will take to the Premier League spotlight for the first time, with his boyhood club Sheffield United. He has worked wonders in the Football League and thoroughly deserves his opportunity having won promotion from the Conference, League Two, League One and the Championship, a record that only Neil Warnock can match.
The final fresh-faced English manager to manager will be either Dean Smith at Aston Villa or Frank Lampard at Derby County. Those two sides meet in what promises to be a thriller at Wembley after one of the best semi-finals we have ever seen at Elland Road.
Lampard will be hoping to get his side over the finish line and Smith will be hoping his Villa team can banish the memories of their play-off final defeat to Fulham last year.
If Villa win, six English managers may become seven before the season kicks off in August as Lampard has been linked with the Chelsea job, with current incumbent Maurizio Sarri considering his options away from Stamford Bridge. This means there could be four fresh young English managers to join the established crew of Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche and Roy Hodgson.
Comparing this with recent years this seems like a fresh new look for the top flight’s dugouts. Last season we saw four English managers in charge on the opening day with Cardiff’s Warnock the only one who will not be returning in August. In 2017-18 we were subjected to Alan Pardew, Craig Shakespeare and Paul Clement on the opening day while Mike Phelan was in charge of Hull the season before.
Over the last six years we have seen a whole host of managers have a crack at the Premier League, often unsuccessfully. In 2012-13, just three Englishmen started the season in charge of a team, Nigel Adkins at Southampton, Brian McDermott at Reading and Big Sam, then at West Ham.
Other English managers to have a go in recent years have included Nigel Pearson, Steve Bruce, Tim Sherwood, Steve McClaren and Ian Holloway. That in itself proves a shake-up is needed in the Premier League and next season looks to be that year with several new managers getting their chance including Norwich City’s German boss Daniel Farke/
Hopefully, they can all taste some form of success and more importantly, be given time to implement their philosophies and learn what they Premier League is all about. The top six jobs may still be out of reach for now (unless Lampard makes the surprise move to Chelsea) but seeing more bright English managers in the top flight can only be a good thing.
English managers at the start of the Premier League season
2019-20 - Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche, Graham Potter, Roy Hodgson, Chris Wilder & Frank Lampard or Dean Smith
2018-19 - Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche, Neil Warnock, Roy Hodgson
2017-18 - Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche, Alan Pardew, Paul Clement, Craig Shakespeare
2016-17 - Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche, Alan Pardew, Mike Phelan
2015-16 - Eddie Howe, Tim Sherwood, Garry Monk, Steve McClaren, Alan Pardew, Sam Allardyce
2014-15 - Sam Allardyce, Harry Redknapp, Sean Dyche, Alan Pardew, Garry Monk, Steve Bruce, Nigel Pearson
2013-14 - Steve Bruce, Ian Holloway, Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew
2012-13 - Nigel Adkins, Brian McDermott, Sam Allardyce.