Where do the 20 Premier League managers come from?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 24 January 2017, 16:37

The Premier League is a melting pot of nationalities, with a whopping 11 different countries represented in England’s top-flight dugouts (see table below).

But, only a fifth of the 20 gaffers are from England - Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche, Sam Allardyce, and Paul Clement (Mike Phelan and Alan Pardew were both sacked during the festive period) - and at the time of writing none of their respective clubs are in the top-12 of the table, while we are still (patiently) waiting for an English manager to hoist the Premier League trophy…

Premier League Winning Managers By Nationality

  • Scotland = 14 (Sir Alex Ferguson x13, Kenny Dalglish)
  • Italy = 3 (Claudio Ranieri, Roberto Mancini, Carlo Ancelotti)
  • France = 3 (Arsene Wenger x3)
  • Portugal = 3 (Jose Mourinho x3)
  • Chile = 1 (Manuel Pellegrini)

Two Welshman feature, Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes, who are both enjoying decent seasons, with West Brom and Stoke currently up in 8th and 9th respectively.

Scotsman David Moyes completes the seven-strong British contingent, but for how much longer? Struggling Sunderland are rock-bottom of the table with one point from their last five league matches.

After England, it’s Italy which has the most representatives (3): Claudio Ranieri, Antonio Conte, and Walter Mazzarri.

Back in July Conte became the tenth Italian to manage in the Premier League, and the Chelsea boss is in pole position to become the fourth of his countrymen to win the league.

However, it’s a different story for Watford manager Mazzarri who is one of the favourites for the sack, whereas Ranieri is attempting to avoid becoming the first manager in Premier League history to win the league then suffer relegation the next season.

It’s fair to say that the fortunes of French managers has been mixed. On the one hand you have the league’s current longest-serving boss, Arsene Wenger, who has accumulated over 700 matches in the Premier League dugout (second only to Sir Alex Ferguson) and hoisted three titles - in 1997/98 he became the first boss outside of Britain to elevate the famous trophy in the air.

On the other hand, you have Remi Garde, who was axed after just 23 games last term.

In the summer Wenger was joined on these shores by countryman Claude Puel who replaced Ronald Koeman at Southampton, and in the process became the seventh Frenchman to step foot in the Premier League dugout. The former Monaco boss has been more solid than spectacular, but while the club’s league form has been mixed, he has the chance to win the club their first major trophy (EFL Cup) since the 1976 FA Cup.

Portugal also provides two incumbents, who are both at different stages of their managerial careers.

Ferguson is the only manager who has lifted more Premier League titles than Jose Mourinho (3), who now looks like he’ll have to wait until next season in order to challenge for a fourth title success, although he does still hold the highest points record (95), which he achieved in his first season with Chelsea back in 2004/05.

Meanwhile, at 39, Marco Silva (who has been tagged as a “Mini Mourinho”) is in the early stages of his career - although he has achieved quite a lot since stepping into the dugout - but his main goal for now is saving new club Hull from the dreaded drop.

Two Spanish managers ventured into the Premier League at the start of the current campaign. Pep Guardiola made perhaps the most eagerly anticipated managerial debut in history after taking charge of Man City, although it hasn’t all gone to plan so far, whereas this week Middlesbrough’s Aitor Karanka was installed as the new favourite for the sack.

There are four other nationalities represented in the top-tier of English football, with Mauricio Pochettino (Argentina) and Jurgen Klopp (Germany) currently battling it out in the top-4 with Tottenham and Liverpool respectively, while West Ham boss Slaven Bilic comes from Croatia, and Everton’s Ronald Koeman is Dutch.

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