It is packed, to say the least. Pretty much all the big name managers will feature in the Barclays Premier League this upcoming season. Let’s take a look at the current situation:
Leicester City FC – Claudio Ranieri (Italy)
The defending champions.
Arsenal FC – Arsène Wenger (France)
3-time Barclays Premier League winner.
Tottenham Hotspur FC– Mauricio Pocchettino (Argentina)
Finished third last season and went toe-to-toe versus the champions until the last two games of the season.
Manchester City FC – Pep Guardiola (Spain)…does he need any introduction?
Manchester United FC – José Mourinho (Portugal)…Him as well?
Southampton FC – Ronald Koeman (The Netherlands) was the manager but is on the verge of signing for Everton FC, this summer.
Liverpool FC – Jurgen Klopp (Germany)
Two lost finals last year (the Capital One League Cup and the UEFA Europa League) along with an impressive resume with Borussia Dortmund.
West Ham United FC – Slaven Bilić (Croatia)
The Hammers will move into the London Olympic Stadium and with Dimitri Payet and more players, they can become an even bigger threat.
Chelsea FC – Antonio Conte (Italy)
We assume that the Blues will come back and challenge for the title and they will try to do with a new manager and he is from Italy.
The only observation is the lack of British managers currently working, especially with the top clubs. We have to go down to Stoke City FC and Mark Hughes, a Welshman, to find the first British manager in the Premier League in last season’s table (9th). A trend that is worrying for British managers.
On a more positive side, it clearly shows that the Barclays Premier League can attract the best managers in the world. On the other hand, it can handicap the local and national managers. It was a phenomenon felt with the players for about 20 years (even since the Bosman ruling and the freedom of movement for workers, mainly). For a few years now, it is at the managerial level that a shift is occurring and we will have to wait and see where this will bring British managers into.