Premiership & The Continental Divide

Is it any coincidence that out of the top five teams in the EPL table, that four of the five managers are from the continent?

Of course, the foreign managers are in charge of big money clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs.

But what teams in the EPL would most likely benefit from having a foreign manager at the helm? Birmingham have the money, but Steve Bruce lacks the leadership and know-how to achieve success. A foreign manager, with the same spending money as Bruce, would flourish.

The two other teams that could benefit from a foreign manager would be Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Again, teams that both have big wallets, but where the managers lack skill at putting together the best team on the park.

Having any foreign manager in charge isn’t enough (we all saw what happened with Perrin in charge at Portsmouth, and Santini at Tottenham). But the right manager for the right club could be the right move for struggling Premier League sides.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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4 Responses to Premiership & The Continental Divide

  1. JC says:

    Okay, call me a confused American (which is true), but I don’t understand. You write:

    “Is it any coincidence that out of the top five teams in the EPL table, that four of the five are from the continent?”

    Aren’t they all from the UK? Three are from London, one from Manchester and the other from Liverpool.

    Is this just a phrase I don’t understand?

  2. JC says:

    Ah wait, nevermind, I think I get it. You mean the managers.

    I’ll be over here.

  3. The Gaffer says:

    Good catch, JC. Yep, I meant the managers.

    Interestingly, even though Europe is a continent, the Brits consider “the continent” the mainland part of Europe, i.e. France and beyond.

    Glad to have you on board as one of the blog readers.

    Look forward to seeing you on EPLtalk.com, too.

  4. Kartik says:

    No coincidence. I have written an article about how American players for the past ten seasons who go to Holland and Germany at a young age become national team regulars and those who go to England at a young age become throwaways.

    Here is the story:

    http://csrnusa.com/ussoccerspot/?p=741

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