The Best young up and Coming English Managers
September 08, 2015
Being an English manager is difficult in the modern age, thanks primarily to the influx of foreign coaches. In much the same way that home-grown players can struggle to earn a place in the nation’s leading teams, so too managers can find it hard to be awarded a job in the top flight. Below the EPL there are a number of hungry and talented England managers leading the charge, however, and the next generation of British coaches is offering hope and inspiration for the future.
But who exactly are the ultra-talented British coaches that we should look out for?
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)
As Howe prepares to lead Bournemouth on their maiden Premier League season, he is also dealing with comparisons with the legendary Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. Young, determined, and gifted, Howe’s achievements in first saving Bournemouth from relegation and then leading them to the Championship title amid a blaze of attacking football defies both odds and logic. A likeable character with immense desire, Howe may well be set for a more prestigious job if he keeps Bournemouth in the EPL next season.
Karl Robinson (MK Dons)
Starting your managerial career at 30 in the Football League is a feat in itself, and Karl Robinson has since gone on to serve four distinguished years at the MK Dons. This is refreshing in a world of change and sudden departures, and Robinson’s loyalty has enabled the Dons to compete for promotion during every single year of his tenure. Although the promised land of the Championship continues to elude him, Robinson enjoyed his finest hour last season with a stunning 4-0 win over Manchester United in the Carling Cup.
Lee Johnson (Oldham Athletic)
Lee Johnson is even newer to the realms of lower league management, but he has gone about the job the right way since taking over at Oldham Athletic last season. After taking over from the popular Paul Dickov, Johnson has not been afraid to instil a new and attractive style of play while also keeping Oldham in League One amid the backdrop of a relegation fight. Although he faces a challenge to lead the Latics up the league table next season, his vision, composure and clarity of thought should help the players to keep their heads regardless of what goes on around them.