Coaching in this nation has vastly improved in recent years, and there is currently a slew of interesting English managers available.
The film Mike Bassett: England Manager is fond of portraying English managers as eccentric. Coaching in Blighty is developing, as old-fashioned as we may be on this rainy isle, with a propensity for 4-4-2.
We’re in the midst of a golden era of talent in our nation on the pitch, and while we don’t have nearly the same depth of managerial skill, there are plenty of exciting English managers out there, as well as a few grizzled old faces that just can’t be beaten.
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10. Gareth Ainsworth
Gareth Ainsworth appears to be one of football’s nice men, as well as a fascinating character. He may appear more like a rock band dad with his long hair, trousers, and leather jacket than a football manager, but he’s done miracles at Wycombe Wanderers since 2012.
That also makes him one of Britain’s longest-serving CEOs, and it’s a period during which he’s brought the Chairboys to new heights.
They may have been relegated from the Championship in their first season, and the football may not have been attractive, but his resume is one of the best in the country for what he’s accomplished, and he deserves a place on this list.
9. Chris Wilder
Chris Wilder was a no-nonsense right-back who toured the lower levels as a player. No one else has ever been promoted from each of the top five divisions as a manager.
Wild stuff Wilder got Sheffield United promoted to the Premier League in style in his last position, playing with one of the most bizarre back threes anyone had ever seen.
Wilder has been consistently outstanding throughout his tenure, innovating, going on cup runs, and taking chances on players that other teams would not touch. For the past two decades, he’s been a fantastic manager.
8. Dean Smith
7. Scott Parker
6. Frank Lampard
5. Eddie Howe
4. Steven Gerrard
3. Sean Dyche
2. Gareth Southgate
He’s a fantastic leader, and anyone who can restore faith in England supporters must be very brilliant at what they do, right?
1. Graham Potter
Graham Potter has had an unusual journey to get to where he is now, traveling the circuitous road through Swedish football’s lowest ranks.
Now he’s at Brighton, where they play some of the league’s greatest football.
Potter checks all of the boxes for a coach.
His teams are tenacious and sturdy at the back, superb in the attacking third, and fun to watch. He appears to be able to work with both experienced and young, eliciting unexpected brilliance from everyone he works with – and the data back up his claims.
If he isn’t already a superstar, the Brighton manager is on his way to being one. The fact that the Seagulls offered him a new deal after only a few games at the club says a lot.