Currently in the Premier League there are just six English managers. Four of these managers are in charge of the bottom four sides and none of the six managers ever played for England.
Throughout the past 30 years, England have had some players who have gone on to win the biggest competitions in the world as a player. So why have none of them succeeded as managers?
At the heart of the Italia ‘90 side’s defence was Terry Butcher. Who can forget the iconic images of him covered in blood with his head bandaged up?
It is fair to say Butcher gave his all as a player, but he never really took off as a manager after various stints in Scotland, which most recently saw him in charge of relegated Hibernian. In a similar vein there were not many better in the middle of the park in the eighties than Bryan Robson. Capped 90 times for England, Robson was key for his national side.
However, Robson was a poor manager and is best remembered for conducting ‘the great escape’ with his West Brom side in 2005. After that he went on to manage the Thailand national side but it is fair to say his managerial efforts somewhat taint what he will be remembered for.
Possibly the most popular player from the England national side in the late eighties and early nineties is Gary Lineker. The former striker is England’s second top goal scorer of all time. Although many argue Lineker is not an all-time great, he is by far the most well-known of the trio mentioned. This comes down to the fact that Lineker did not go into the coaching route.
Lineker stopped playing in 1994 and just one year later appeared as a pundit on Match of the Day. 19 years on, Lineker is still presenting Match of the Day and has popularity with both the public and media continues to grow.
The 'Golden Generation'
Members of England’s ‘golden generation’ of the noughties, have possibly been aware of how these previous England legends and what routes have worked. None of the ‘golden generation’ seem to be keen to dive straight into management. Gary Neville is the closest to doing so, being a coach in the England set-up.
Although Neville was passionate on the pitch, managing does not seem to appeal to him yet. The same goes for the ex-players such as Paul Scholes and Michael Owen. The pair have both taken on pundit roles with television company, BT Sport.
Maybe the reason behind these iconic Englishmen choosing not to jump into management is that they saw what had happened to those before them. Or maybe put simply, there are better opportunities with more games being televised than ever before.