One of the more bizarre statistics in the history of the Premier League is the fact that no English manager has ever led a team to the title since its inception in the 1992/93 season.
The last English manager to win the top flight was Howard Wilkinson when his Leeds United team were crowned champions in the final season known as the First Division in 1991/92, with it also being the only non-Scottish manager to win the league in a 10-year window between 1987 and 1997.
Arsene Wenger became the first non-British manager to win the top flight of English football since the inception of the Football League in 1888 when he won the Premier League and FA Cup double in 1998, but it has since been dominated by foreign bosses.
Sir Alex Ferguson dominated the Premier League with 13 titles won and he is still the most recent British manager to win the title when he did so in his final season in 2012/13. The eight seasons that have followed have all seen foreign managers win the title.
English managers have seldom had the opportunity to manage one of the league’s ‘big six’ in recent memory. Harry Redknapp helped push Spurs into the Champions League conversation during his stint at White Hart Lane, while Roy Hodgson had less than six months in charge of Liverpool.
Frank Lampard showed promise in his first season at Chelsea, but the progression of the team under Thomas Tuchel’s guidance shows that he wasn’t quite ready for one of the biggest club jobs in the country.
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However, there have been three recent appointments of English managers, all of which took charge of their first game of their new clubs at the weekend. Steven Gerrard guided Aston Villa to a 2-0 win over Brighton, Dean Smith led Norwich to a 2-1 victory against Southampton and Eddie Howe was leading from a hotel room following a positive Covid test as Newcastle drew 3-3 with Brentford.
They join Graham Potter and Sean Dyche to take the number of English managers in the Premier League to five, representing a quarter of the league’s positions. That has led SkyBet to create a special market for the first English manager to win the Premier League.
First English Manager To Win The Premier League Odds
- Steven Gerrard – 6/1
- Graham Potter – 14/1
- Eddie Howe – 14/1
- Frank Lampard – 16/1
- Gareth Southgate – 20/1
- Scott Parker – 25/1
- Dean Smith – 50/1
- Wayne Rooney – 66/1
- Sean Dyche – 150/1
- Chris Wilder – 150/1
- Sam Allardyce – 500/1
- Graeme Jones – 500/1
- Roy Hodgson – 500/1
- Steve Bruce – 500/1
New Villa boss Gerrard is the current favourite to be the first English manager to win the Premier League at 6/1. Despite only recently being appointed as Villa manager, he is many bookies’ favourites to be the man to take over from Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool when his contract ends in 2024.
If the former Liverpool captain is able to perform well at the Midlands club he would be the obvious choice to succeed Klopp, having also won the Scottish Premiership with Rangers. Liverpool have established themselves as perennial title challengers under Klopp and Gerrard looks the most obvious choice of all the English managers to get one of the big six jobs in the near future.
He is followed by two 14/1 shots in Potter and Howe. Potter’s reputation has climbed to a similar level to Howe when he guided Bournemouth to 9th in the Premier League, having rapidly improved his Brighton team. His appointment was initially seen as a risk from the safe hands of Chris Hughton, but there is no doubt that Potter, who has a number of admirers across the league, has put himself in the frame for a big job soon.
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As for Howe, he has taken on what could turn out to be an incredible project if things go to plan at Newcastle United. Having a bottomless pit of cash to invest into the squad, Howe is the first man of the Saudi era at St. James’ Park and has the opportunity to build Newcastle into a force once again, though it remains to be seen how patient their owners will be with their managers.
The ending of his tenure at Stamford Bridge has dented Lampard’s reputation slightly, but it is easy to forget he had two promising first seasons at Derby County and Chelsea. He is priced at 16/1 at this moment in time as he looks for a way back into management, having recently held discussions over taking the Norwich City job.
Rounding off the top five is England manager Gareth Southgate at 20/1. Southgate has just signed a new contract that will extend his stay as Three Lions through the European Championship in 2024 and another successful pair of tournaments could propel him into the conversation for one of the top jobs in England.