Premier League 2019/20: The international make-up of the 20 managersby Jack Kitson / 18 July 2019, 10:05Tweet
Steve Bruce’s appointment at Newcastle means that each of the 20 Premier League managers have now been confirmed for the rapidly approaching 2019/20 season.
Bar a shock turn of events - which admittedly is not uncommon in the managerial arena - we will see each gaffer on the opening weekend of the season.
But where does each manager come from? Below we take a look at the international make-up of the class of 2019/20...
The English: 8
Newcastle’s decision to name Bruce as Rafa Benitez’s replacement means that eight, yes eight, English managers will start a Premier League season for the first time since 2014. That’s double the figure that began the 2018/19 campaign.
Bruce joins fellow countrymen Chris Wilder and Dean Smith, who led Sheffield United and Aston Villa to promotion, along with summer appointments Graham Potter (Brighton) and Frank Lampard (Chelsea).
Meanwhile, top-flight stalwarts Eddie Howe (Bournemouth), Sean Dyche (Burnley), and Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace) all retain their places at the Premier League table.
The Spanish: 3
The same three Spanish managers will be in the dugout for the second successive season: Pep Guardiola, Unai Emery, and Javi Gracia.
Guardiola will be aiming to become only the second manager - after Sir Alex Ferguson - to win three consecutive Premier League titles, Emery will be hoping to propel Arsenal back in the top-four, and Gracia - one of the surprise packages of last season - will have a top-10 finish in his sights.
The Portuguese: 2
The Portuguese trio that started last season is now a duo. Jose Mourinho is long gone, but Marco Silva and Nuno Santo remain at the helm of Everton and Wolves respectively. Both gaffers finished in the top-eight last term, and will each be expected to repeat this feat.
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Northern Ireland: Brendan Rodgers
The Germans: 2
Daniel Farke will join fellow German Jurgen Klopp in the Promised Land after leading Norwich to the Championship title. After coming agonisingly close last season the latter will once again attempt to lead Liverpool to that elusive maiden Premier League title, while Farke’s focus will be preserving his side’s top-flight status.
At one point last season it looked like Tottenham could have faced a summer fending off competition for their boss Mauricio Pochettino. Fortunately for Spurs it never came to that. The club created a multitude of memories on route to their first Champions League final, and secured a fourth successive top-4 finish. Another European run wouldn’t go amiss, but can Pochettino’s troops bridge the gap in the league and challenge Man City and Liverpool for the title?
Egil Olsen was the first Norwegian to manage in the Premier League (Wimbledon, 1999), then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer followed suit with Cardiff in 2014. He bagged the permanent Man Utd job in March and so far this summer has invested in youth, bringing in both Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while the likes of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia have departed. Expect more movements, both in-and-out, before the season gets under way.
The Premier League’s first, and still only, Chilean manager. Manuel Pellegrini spent big last summer at West Ham, yet a rocky start saw him thrust under The Sack Race spotlight. However, the Hammers recovered to finish 10th, but after snapping up Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt they will have high hopes of continuing their progression up the Premier League ladder.
Back in December Ralph Hasenhuttl became the first-ever Austrian to manage in the Premier League. He proved to be an instant hit at Southampton, dazzling fans with his affability, passion, and touchline animation. Results on the pitch improved significantly too, and now supporters will be hoping they can return to the top-10 after consecutive campaigns battling relegation.
The Northern Irishman
It’s an exciting period of transformation at Leicester as the Rodgers Revolution looks to cause a stir next season. The Northern Irishman has already spent big on Youri Tielemans and Ayoze Perez, while he may have a few coins to splash should Harry Maguire depart.