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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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  1. Kartik

    February 1, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    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:

  2. The Gaffer

    January 9, 2006 at 7:19 pm

    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, too.

  3. JC

    January 9, 2006 at 6:20 pm

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

    I’ll be over here.

  4. JC

    January 9, 2006 at 6:19 pm

    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?

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