What would the 20 Premier League managers be like if they were politicians?

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After weeks of campaigning, today is the day that British people take a trip to the polling station and vote in the general election.

It’s been dubbed as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ election, with the nation in a state of flux regarding Brexit amongst other issues such as poverty and the NHS.

For those of you that aren’t aware, there are three main parties in the UK and they all have very different ideas when it comes to Brexit.

The Conservatives will push through Brexit, Labour want a ‘people’s vote’ while the Liberal Democrats want to scrap Brexit altogether.

What’s all this got to do with sport? We hear you ask…

Well, here at GIVEMESPORT, we’ve decided to lighten the mood on Election Day.

So we’ve attempted to imagine what each Premier League manager would be like if they were involved in politics.

A couple of them would certainly make better leaders than the current candidates...

Freddie Ljungberg | Arsenal

He was part of a supremely successful party back in his younger days, sweeping everyone aside with their expansive manifestos and unbeaten record in elections. But he has lofty ambitions of being the man to rule one day, as soon as he breaks away from the shackles of the tyrannical tycoons.

West Ham United v Arsenal FC - Premier League

Dean Smith | Aston Villa

Wants his country to be great again and will do everything he can to ensure it happens. Loves nothing more than a chicken balti and a pint down the local Wetherspoons.

Aston Villa v Leicester City - Premier League

Eddie Howe | Bournemouth

Young up-and-comer with the potential to make big waves both in Britain and Europe. He’s in a pretty safe seat at the moment, but has aspirations to swap his backbench team, for a real challenger. 

He is even tipped by some to take top office one day.

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Graham Potter | Brighton

Greta Thunberg’s biggest fan. Has turned vegan and is often seen picking up litter from Brighton beach. Wants to protect the rolling hills of the South Downs where he calls home.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League

Sean Dyche | Burnley

The man is everything that embodies a PROUD Englishman. Favourite meal? Full English. Favourite drink? John Smiths bitter. Favourite snack? Worms.

Watford FC v Burnley FC - Premier League

Frank Lampard | Chelsea

Everyone loves him. He’s all about the future. Everyone under the age of 21 has a photo of him as their screensaver. 

Chelsea FC v Lille OSC: Group H - UEFA Champions League

Roy Hodgson | Crystal Palace

Once became the leader of the country despite leaving his Liverpool constituency in ruins with very questionable policies. Then led England to an embarrassing defeat in World War 3 to a much lesser nation.

He’s since earned back some respect of the people as he nears retirement.

Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth  - Premier League

Duncan Ferguson | Everton

The man eats Haggis for breakfast. Sleeps in a kilt. Lives and breaths football. He wants nothing but the best for his homeland Scotland and will fight to the ends of the earth to achieve it. 

Everton FC v Chelsea FC - Premier League

Brendan Rodgers | Leicester

His policy is one word and one word only, CHARACTER. He is a proud Northern Irishman and a real people person, bringing the best out of his star talents wherever he goes.

He exudes positivity, leads the right way, but may be tempted away for a larger warchest and well, colleagues with more character.

Aston Villa v Leicester City - Premier League

Jurgen Klopp | Liverpool

Has won every single election he’s been a part of. Once celebrated winning a general election by running around his constituency thumping his chest and scream ‘f**king mentality monsters.’

Was solely responsible for revoking Article 50. BOOM.

RB Salzburg v Liverpool FC: Group E - UEFA Champions League

Pep Guardiola | Manchester City

Has switched parties on numerous occasions - usually after a general election to whichever party has just won.

Was once Chancellor of the Exchequer but lost control of public spending seeing the UK spiral into a financial crisis.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | Manchester United

Left his party many years ago but has returned as their leader. Still looks up to his former leader with sheer adoration, even refusing to sit in his old chair in party meetings. All his rivals love to pick on him.

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Steve Bruce | Newcastle United

Working class man supporting the many, not the few. Policies include making it compulsory for restaurants to serve gravy with every meal. Northern boys love gravy.

Sheffield United v Newcastle United - Premier League

Daniel Farke | Norwich

Peace and love, man. Loves the planet and hates carbon footprint. Cycles to Carrow Road to do his bit. The nicest guy around but doesn’t have the grit to overthrow those around him

Southampton FC v Norwich City - Premier League

Chris Wilder | Sheffield United

Yorkshire through and through. Committed to making his hometown club and local area the best it can be. Given how well he’s doing right now, Wilder would win his seat by a landslide.

Norwich City v Sheffield United - Premier League

Ralph Hasenhüttl | Southampton

Has little support within his party. Arrived with some game-changing ideas to turn things around but his peers are already turning on him. Responsible for the biggest election defeat in recent history.

Newcastle United v Southampton FC - Premier League

Jose Mourinho | Tottenham

Once a truly great leader who has fallen on tough times. When Mourinho speaks, people listen. And if that means renaming 10 Downing Street to ’Special One Street’, that’s what will happen. 

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Nigel Pearson | Watford

He is Britain through and through and only wants the best for his country. Made headlines recently for calling Speaker of the House an 'ostrich'. Never brings his son to work.

Watford FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Manuel Pellegrini | West Ham

Used to be the leader of a very powerful party and would get results because of it. Now he's in a weakened group, it's clear he's not cut out for the job. Will probably retire before the next election.

West Ham United v Arsenal FC - Premier League

Nuno Espírito Santo | Wolves

Transformed a lesser party into Westminster big hitters with heavy investment. Loves the EU. Once tried to put forward a policy where England and Portugal merge together as one country. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United - Premier League

Sam Allardyce | Bonus candidate

He’s the people’s Prime Minister. His main policy? Fish & Chips for dinner. Seven-days-a-week. Late licenses at pubs? Consider them abolished. We’re living in party time Britain now. 

A pair of disco glasses will be sent to your address within 24hours of the final result.

Everton v Southampton - Premier League

So, there we have it. Twenty-one politicians, all with very different policies and manifestos.

Who would get your vote?

It would actually be interesting to see the turnout percentage in the UK if football managers did represent political parties.

Much of the UK have found it difficult to choose between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn and might actually take more interest if the leaders were as charismatic as Jurgen Klopp or Jose Mourinho. TV debates would certainly be great to watch.

Whatever the outcome of today’s election, though, we’re lucky that we can rely on football as a bit of escapism from the nation’s problems and we've got the Premier League to thank for that.

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