English managers are a dying breed in the Premier League

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When the Premier League started in 1992, English managers were in the majority. 15 of the 22 top-flight bosses were homegrown, while all the other seven coaches came from around the British Isles, in Scotland, Wales, or the Republic of Ireland.

Today, the balance of power has shifted immensely, with just three of today's Premier League managers - none of which find their clubs in the top half of the 2012/13 table - having been born in the home nation.

That number could decrease even further next term, with Harry Redknapp embroiled in a relegation battle with Queens Park Rangers, and West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce in the final six months of his contract.

Assuming QPR are relegated, and Allardyce leaves Upton Park this summer, Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew could find himself as the only English manager coaching in the Premier League next season, particularly if Cardiff City, Watford, and Nottingham Forest - all currently occupying top six places in the Championship - are promoted back to the country's elite club division.

Malky Mackay (Welsh), Gianfranco Zola (Italian), and Billy Davies (Scottish) would further bolster the foreign contingent of coaches, and the number of managers from the other home countries currently outnumbering their English counterparts.

The question is, why are English managers now regarded as second-rate? Foreign-owned English clubs Southampton and Reading have both this season departed with young, up-and-coming homegrown coaches soon after reaching the big time - an achievement that was down largely to the tactics and methods of Nigel Adkins and Brian McDermott.

Saints opted instead to bring in an untested Argentine manager in Mauricio Pochettino, while the Royals post remains vacant, as Madejski Stadium chief Anton Zingarevich weighs up his options, in a last-ditch attempt to preserve the club's top-flight status.

In truth, the statistics don't read too well for English managers. Howard Wilkinson was the last Englishman to win the top-flight title in 1992 - before the Premier League's inception - while the late Sir Bobby Robson is the only English manager to win a European trophy in the last 25 years, during his time at Barcelona.

So poor has the pool of English coaching talent been in recent years, that the Football Association has even been forced to turn to other countries to appoint a manager to the England national team job, with Sven Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello both having spells in charge of the Three Lions, either side of Steve McClaren's ill-fated tenure, which resulted in his sacking after failure to qualify for the European Championships in 2008.

Roy Hodgson is now flying the flag for England, after he replaced Capello ahead of Euro 2012 last summer, and will be under increased pressure not just to secure World Cup qualification, but also to restore the reputation of homegrown managers, by proving they still have the capacity to coach at the very top.

Failure to beat minnows San Marino on Friday, or Montenegro next Tuesday, could leave England's hopes of making it to Brazil in 2014 hanging in the balance, and even tempt the FA into turning their attention abroad for another new foreign manager.

To find out where the current list of Premier League clubs get their managers from, you can find a full breakdown below - with thanks to the Daily Mail.

Premier League manager nationalities:

4 - Scotland

Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United), David Moyes (Everton), Steve Clarke (West Brom), Paul Lambert (Aston Villa).

3 - England

Alan Pardew (Newcastle), Sam Allardyce (West Ham), Harry Redknapp (QPR).

2 - Spain, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland

Rafa Benitez (Chelsea), Roberto Martinez (Wigan) - Chris Hughton (Norwich City), Eamonn Dolan (Reading) - Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool), Martin O'Neill (Sunderland).

1 - Italy, Portugal, France, Denmark, Holland, Wales, Argentina

Roberto Mancini (Manchester City) - Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham) - Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) - Michael Laudrup (Swansea) - Martin Jol (Fulham) - Tony Pulis (Stoke City) - Mauricio Pochettino (Southampton).


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