The endless crisis of the English coach: 30 years without winning the Premier

Coaches are not born in the cradle of football while football grows and evolves. In the stunning and exemplary Premier League there is an abundance of shortages of the native English coach, 30 years without a coach born in England lifting the Premier. In fact, he has never kissed the cherished modern league: ever since the English championship gave way to the Premier format in 1993, no technician in the country has lifted it. The last champion name of the country written on the discredited English blackboard, Howard Wilkinson in 1992 with that passionate and direct leeds who saw a young man rise Eric Cantone.

Since then, from 1992 to 2022, a wasteland that sees no end. Nor this year: none of the coaches of the select ‘Big Six’ its English. The Manchester City and Arsenal bench have a Spanish accent (Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta), that of Liverpool and the German Chelsea (Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel), Manchester, Dutch (Erik Ten Hag) and, that of Tottenham, Italian (Anthony Conte). Not even the fantasy of leicester city in 2016 it was inspired by a homegrown coach, because the Italian sat on the bench Claudio Ranieri.

English League, Champions and Europa League

Last Champions England Managers


Premier League – Howard Wilkinson (Leeds) – 1992


Champions – Joe Fagan (Liverpool) – 1984


Europa League – Keith Burkinshaw (Tottenham) – 1984

The drought is not as long in the other English competitions but it has not rained for a long time. The last English manager to lift the FA Cup was Harry Redknapp with Portsmouth in 2008 and the most recent to have held the League Cup dates back to Steve McLarenwho won the title with Middlesbrough in 2004. More distant is the last precedent in the Community Shield: joe royle with Everton in 1996.

And if you don’t dominate your country, it’s difficult for you to do it in Europe, be it the ‘orejona’ or her little sister. The continental ecstasy of the English coach in 1984 would give way to nothing. That year, in which Joe Fagan brought Liverpool the fourth Champions League and Keith Burkinshaw Tottenham to his second UEFA Cup, it would be the last in which an English manager won both the first and second European competitions.

Joe Fagan, the last English manager to win the European Cup

Joe Fagan, the last English manager to win the European Cup

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And, that, since then, the 1999 and 2008 Champions of United have been celebrated -directed by the Scottish alex ferguson-, those of 2005 and 2019 of Liverpool -Rafa Benitez and Klopp-, and those of 2012 and 2021 of Chelsea, with the Italian Robert Di Matteo in the first and Tuchel in the second. And, although with fewer titles, the same in the Europa League, as Liverpool won the 2001 with Gerald Houlier (French), United the 2017 with Jose Mourinho (Portuguese) and, Chelsea, that of 2019 with Maurizio Sarri (Italian). And we must remember that, finally, in the cradle of football, the tears have stopped when ‘God Save The Queen’ was played with the Women’s Euro, but that the coach who has finally won a title next to the solitary 1966 World Cup , sarina wiegmanis Dutch.

The confidence in the English coach in the Premier League itself is, in fact, testimonial, with only five technicians of the country starting the season in 5 of the 20 benches: Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa), Frank Lampard (Everton), Graham Potter (Brighton), Scott Parker (Bournemouth) and Eddie Howe (Newcastle). At least, it is one more compared to last year and the great consolation is that the 5 have a young average age -43.6 years-, with Parker as the youngest with 41 years and Potter as the oldest with 47.

Premier League 22/23

english coaches


Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa)


Frank Lampard (Everton)


Eddie Howe (Newcastle)


Graham Potter (Brighton)


Scott ParkerBournemouth

However, the comparisons are odious with the rest of the big leagues: Italy has up to 17 coaches from their own countrySpain 14, France 13 and Germany 11. The balance of English coaches in the Big Six is ​​also bleak. Not just in recent years but in this century and beyond in some cases. Steve Burtenshaw, in 1986, was the last English coach that Arsenal had, led for more than two decades by the French Arsene Wenger (1996-2018). The same at Manchester United, with Ron Atkinson as England’s last manager before Sir’s long tenure alex ferguson (1986-2013). Apart, of course, from the days he was interim Michael Carrick the last course between the departure of the Danish Solskjaer and the incorporation of the German Ralf Rangnick.

Chelsea and Liverpool do not have to look so far, although everything remained in ephemeral failures. Frank Lampard It barely lasted a year and a half between July 2019 and January 2021 without titles and Roy Hodgson he only lasted half a season in 2010-2011 before the arrival of Scotsman Kenny Dalglish. The last English manager of Manchester City dates back to Stuart Pearce between 2005 and 2007 before the landing of the petrodollars without counting the appearance of Brian Kidd in the 12-13 season already in May after the dismissal of Roberto Mancini.

Frank Lampard was the last English manager of the Big Six but he failed

At Tottenham, apart from Ryan Mason’s two months in 20/21 after Mourinho’s departure and Tim Sherwood’s six months in 13/14 after Villas-Boas’ dismissal, Harry Redknapp was the last one to have a long stage, between 2008 and 2012. The coach who made the team grow so much modric before the Croatian landed for many years at Real Madrid. And, of course, if you hardly produce coaches for your own country, then you don’t export: none of the other four leagues have any coaches from England. Despite the good memories they left in Barcelona, ​​for example, Vic Buckingham, Terry Venables or Bobby Robson. This yes, the last English trainer of LaLiga, Gary Neville -conceded 7-0 at the Camp Nou in 15/16 with Valencia-, a calamity. Only a crossroads is drawn on the English blackboard.

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