Best of British: How do British managers fair abroad?

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The Premier League boasts an impressive array of the world's finest footballers, opening doors for the finest breed of managers to follow suit from all over the globe.

Currently, England's top division hosts just seven British managers. With the likes of Frenchman Arsene Wenger, German Jurgen Klopp and Argentine Mauricio Pochettino all competing for English football's highest honour and with footballing powerhouse Spaniard Pep Guardiola soon to join the ranks, it raises the question: Are the British managers really winning?

Honestly, it's tough to say. In the modern era, clubs seem to be drawn to well established foreign names in the industry. Different philosophies, slick tacticians and fresh blood are introduced through new names.


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Perhaps, in the same way, us Brits would be more attracted to a stunningly sleek Italian or a well-oiled aggressive German name badge on the front of our cars.

So, with the Premier League offering a tasty selection of foreign dishes, how do the British fair abroad? Let's find out. Here are some of the best and worst of British managers and their careers outside of the Premier League.

The Good

Newcastle gaffer, Steve McClaren enjoyed a successful spell in Holland in 2010 and led FC Twente to a league title. While the Magpies may not be following in his old side's footsteps, it's fair to say that McClaren did the Brits proud in the Netherlands.

Speaking of Newcastle, who could forget Geordie, Bobby Robson. Robson boasts an impressive CV abroad with a string of the best European accolades under his belt. He won back to back titles in the Eredivisie with PSV, the Portuguese Cup with Porto in 1994 followed by two league titles and in 1997, he won the Cup Winners Cup and the Copa del Ray with Catalan giants, Barcelona. It was there he met 'the Special One' Jose Mourinho who worked with him as a translator.

This may come to a surprise to some but our very own England manager, Roy Hodgson, has faired pretty well overseas. The Inter Milan job was no doubt his most high-profile gig, but he spent much of his career in Sweden where he had success with Halmstad, Orebro, Oddevold and Malmo. He picked up league titles with every side besides Oddevold.

The Bad

A rock in anyone's defence, and an Arsenal legend, but definitely not a 'Special One'. Tony Adams took on the managerial role at FC Gabala in Azerbaijan. He failed to lead the side into the play-off places and they sat outside the top six. After just 18-months the former Arsenal skipper jetted back to Blighty.

Sky Sports pundit, Graeme Souness, caused uproar in Turkey back in 1996. Whilst being manager at Galatasaray, the Scot planted the club's flag in the middle of rivals Fenerbahce's pitch after beating them in the Turkish Cup final. He then went on to lead Torino and Benfica where he was less successful.

Real Sociedad were probably the only club willing to collect David Moyes' signature after the turmoil caused at Manchester United. Unfortunately for the former Everton boss, the dismal record followed him to Spain. After winning only 12 games at the Anoeta Stadium, he was sacked after 364 days.

The verdict

Well, take note, Gary Neville. It's clear to see that us Brits can hold our own abroad just as the foreign managers can in the Premier League. While there have been a few embarrassing representatives, there is still reason to have confidence in our managerial three lions tackling the footballing world.

It is too hopeful to suggest that we may breed our own Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola anytime soon, but there is young British talent out there in the dugout. Bournemouth's Eddie Howe is a great example of that. But let us not forget, there is only one David Moyes.

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