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Premiership & The Continental Divide

arsene wenger 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.
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