Best of British: Five up and coming managers

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Tottenham Hotspur loanee David Button wasted little time revealing that Barnsley manager Keith Hill is equally as talented as Harry Redknapp.

Button is currently on loan at Oakwell from the Premier League side, hoping to impress sufficiently to earn promotion to Spurs first-team for next season.

“I’ve worked with all the staff here before," Button said. "They’re probably the best I’ve worked with.

“Keith Hill is great. He knows how to man-manage the players. He’s a great motivator.

“He loves football and can talk tactics all day long. I’m not lying when I say he’s one of the best managers I’ve worked under.”

Hill built his reputation at Rochdale, where he delivered the club's first promotion for 41 years in 2010, before a successful term in League One saw the Dale finish ninth, which helped earn him a move to Barnsley.

A club without the resources to mount a sustained playoff challenge, with 11 points separating The Tykes from the bottom three, Hill can reflect on another decent season and as his reputation as a manager grew, he was linked with a move to Leeds United.

The 42-year-old is one of a young breed of managers bringing success in the football league, and GMF felt it the ideal time to flag up the success of some of those who could soon be ready for a move to the big time.

Brendan Rodgers - Swansea City
Age: 39
Previous: Reading Academy, Chelsea Academy, Watford, Reading

After serving his apprenticeship at Chelsea, Rodgers came to prominence with Watford, and then with Reading. However, The Royals' refusal to stick long-term saw him offloaded to Swansea, who in his first season won promotion via the play-offs, beating former club Reading to the Premier League.

Now in the top flight, Rodgers has brought The Swans' passing game to the Premier League, and succeeded. His reputation now enhanced, a big club will come calling soon.

Malkay McKay - Cardiff City
Age: 40
Previous: Watford

Hugely overachieved with a young Watford squad before being picked up by Cardiff City last summer.

Had for the majority of this season become genuine promotion contenders, before a Carling Cup final appearance coincided with a decline in their domestic fortunes.

Their spirited display against Liverpool at Wembley, shows how Mackay can inspire his sides, and added resources would be the final piece in any promotion jigsaw.

Dougie Freedman - Crystal Palace
Age: 37
Previous: None

Inherited a superb youth system at Selhurst Park, which is the cornerstone to Palace's success under a driven Freedman.

Sets his sides stall out with the aim of stopping their opponents, using their explosive forwards, in the shape of Wilfred Zaha, to thrill at the other end.

Victory over Manchester United in the Carling Cup is a major plus for his managerial CV, but his affiliation to Palace means moving on will surely wait.

Karl Robinson - Milton Keynes Dons
Age: 31
Previous: None

After an undistinguished playing career, Robinson took his experience at the academy of Liverpool and then at Blackburn Rovers to MK Dons in League One.

Dons fans would be forgiven for being skeptical, given his lack of experience as the youngster football league manager, but he took the side for the play-offs in his first season, losing out to eventually promoted Peterborough United.

In his second season, the quality of the football has stayed consistent, as have the results. A top six finish looks likely again. Leeds reportedly came calling in February.

Andy Hessenthaler - Gillingham
Age: 46
Previous: Gillingham, Dover Athletic

Provided solidity in the Championship with the Gills as player-manager, before a lack of progression saw him resign, a departure which coincided with the club's relegation to League One the following year.

Back-to-back promotions with Dover Athletic took the club to the Blue Square South, but defeat in the play-offs halted their surge. After leaving Dover, he re-joined Gillingham with a host of summer changes contributing to a play-off challenge this season.

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