Premier League: The foreign managers

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In recent years a lot has been made about the influx of foreign stars in the Premier League, but few people rarely take the time to look at the number of foreign bosses working on our shores.

With Gustavo Poyet being named as head coach of Sunderland following the dismissal of Paolo Di Canio there are now nine Premier League managers who hail from outside the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Since the founding of the Premier League in 1992, managers from 15 different countries outside of the UK have found employment in our top flight, with gaffers travelling from as far afield as Israel, Switzerland, Brazil and Argentina.

Poyet's appointment has got us thinking about some of the more memorable foreign bosses we've seen, and so GMS Academy member, Thomas Hember, has decided to talk you through a handful of those.

Name: Arsene Wenger
Club: Arsenal
Nationality: French

Arsene Wenger is undoubtedly the most successful managerial import, having won the Premier League title on three different occasions, as well as picking up four FA Cup winners medals.

The Frenchman has been in charge at Arsenal for 17 years now and although they've failed to win anything since 2005, the North London club have qualified for the Champions League for 16 consecutive seasons.

Name: Ossie Ardiles 
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Nationality: Argentinian 

Although younger readers may not be aware of Ossie Ardiles, we've included him because he holds the honour of being the first man from outside the UK and Ireland to take charge of a Premier League club.

A legend at White Hart Lane as a player, the Argentinian maestro took control of Spurs in 1993 but failed to replicate the success he'd had as a player and lasted just over twelve months in the job. 

Name: Roberto Mancini 
Club: Manchester City
Nationality: Italian

In December 2009 Manchester City appointed former Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini as manager to replace the departed Mark Hughes.

Armed with a huge transfer budget and a lovely blue and white scarf, Mancini brought silverware to the Etihad Stadium in 2011 when he captured the FA Cup and one year later delivered the club's first top flight title in 44 years when City claimed the 2012 Premier League crown.

The club could only finish second the following season and that, combined with failure in the Champions League, saw Mancini out of work.

Name: Gerard Houllier
Clubs: Liverpool, Aston Villa
Nationality: French

The first man on our list to have been in charge of two Premier League clubs, Gerard Houllier initially came to our shores to work alongside Roy Evans at Anfield.  

A six-year spell at Liverpool will be most fondly remembered for the treble winning season of 2000-2001; when the club won the FA Cup, the League Cup and the UEFA Cup, although it wasn't always a smooth ride as Houllier was out of action between October 2001 and March 2002 due to health issues.

Having left Liverpool in 2004, Houllier returned to England with Aston Villa in 2010 but a disappointing season came to an end when Houllier was again taken ill in April 2011 and missed the final few games of the season before leaving the club by mutual consent.  

Name: Rafael Benitez
Clubs: Liverpool, Chelsea
Nationality: Spanish

Rafael Benitez arrived on Merseyside in 2004 as Houllier's replacement and made an immediate impact as he guided Liverpool to their fifth European Cup in his debut season. 

The initial success was continued the following season when the club picked up the FA Cup, but that was the last of the major silverware and a 2nd place finish in 2009 and was the best he could come up with in the league, while the Reds were beaten finalists in the 2007 Champions League.

Benitez left Anfield in 2010 after six years in charge  but was back in England in November 2012 when he became interim boss at Chelsea. The fans never took to him and despite winning the Europa League Benitez left the club at the end of the 2012/2013 season.

Name: Jose Mourinho
Club: Chelsea
Nationality: Portuguese 

The self-proclaimed 'Special One' arrived in West London in 2004 having just lead FC Porto to Champions League success, and he immediately let us know just how good he was. 

Back-to-back Premier League league titles were proof of Jose's abilities as he made a major impact on English football, even managing to out-do the master of the managerial mind-games - Sir Alex Ferguson.

His third season in charge saw Manchester United regain the Premier League crown although Chelsea would lift the FA Cup but by September of 2007 Mourinho had unexpectedly left the club by mutual consent.

In the summer of 2013 Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge to the delight of the Chelsea fans and he'll be hoping to make an instant impact in the second coming.

Name: Paolo Di Canio
Club: Sunderland
Nationality: Italian

As it's Gustavo Poyet's appointment that has inspired this list it seemed appropriate to include the man he replaced. 

Paolo Di Canio's tenure at Sunderland was as fiery as it was brief, with the Italian masterminding a 3-0 win at bitter rivals Newcastle, signing 14 players and prompting the resignation of the club's vice-chairman in just six months in charge.

Poyet, and Sunderland fans, will be hoping the Uruguayan will be more Mourinho than Di Canio but only time will tell.  

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