Premier League bettingexpert preview: Stats back up Dyche belief over foreign coach influx

Matt Ogborn

In the week that Burnley boss Sean Dyche questioned owner attitudes towards British managers, it is interesting to note the decline of them since the Premier League started.

bettingexpert have looked at the amount of English and British managers who started Premier League seasons since the advent of the competition and it now makes for dismal reading if you prefer homegrown talent.

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Twenty-three British managers (Spurs had joint coaches in Doug Livermore and Ray Clemence) started the inaugural 1992-93 season with no foreign bosses lining up to help launch the multi-million pound battle of wits.

The likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Brian Clough, Howard Kendall, Kenny Dalglish and George Graham fought it out in a season that saw Manchester United crowned champions with Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest relegated and Teddy Sheringham top scoring with 22 goals.

Fast forward to the start of the new 2016-17 Premier League season and there are only three English managers in Dyche, Eddie Howe and Alan Pardew at the helm with Hull City still yet to name their boss.

Add in Welshmen Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes, together with Scotsman David Moyes, and you only have six British managers, leaving us with a whopping 13 foreign managers - the most since the start of the Premier League.

Surprisingly it wasn’t until last season that the balance tilted in favour of foreign dugout talent with 11 starting the season as opposed to nine British managers.

After the last campaign, 19.59% of the managers starting each season in Premier League history have been foreign. It would be interesting to know how this correlates with other major leagues on the continent and beyond.

Dyche, who has overseen four years at Turf Moor including a promotion, relegation and another promotion back to the top flight, has claimed that there is an “edge towards foreign coaches and managers”.

He added, “There are foreign owners, there are lots of foreign players, so it might be that a foreign manager is chosen to work with foreign players.

“There’s a bit of spin. There’s still a thirst from the populace for foreign managers and foreign players. They’re a bit more snazzy, ‘let’s see what this Belgian manager or this Argentinian manager can do’.”

With England failing dismally at the recent European Championships there is concern that the influx of foreign managers and players over the past two decades is hindering the country’s ability to compete at the top.

Even though Englishman Roy Hodgson failed to succeed in the top job, Sam Allardyce has been given the chance to show that a homegrown manager can still lead the nation to honours after the Sven-Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello experiments both failed at major tournament time.

Thankfully for Dyche and Bournemouth boss Howe, they are both highly thought of in the English set-up for what they have achieved with limited resources compared to the big spending clubs picking up trophies galore.

Naturally the English game has to be extremely thankful for what foreign bosses like Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have achieved and brought to the game with no English manager ever getting their hands on the Premier League trophy.

Are there not enough talented British managers? Better foreign ones? Is there a bias towards giving foreign bosses longer to try and make it work than homegrown ones? These are the questions that need to be talked about more in depth now that outspoken Dyche has brought this front and centre.

As Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur can attest, their own foreign coaches Claudio Ranieri and Mauricio Pochettino helped inspire them to an unexpected title tilt after years of underachievement so expect this debate to rumble on and on whoever triumphs at this Premier League season’s end.

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