Premier League Managers (2019-2020 season)
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Premier League Managers Citizenship
- 8 English Managers
- 3 Spanish Managers
- 2 Portuguese Managers
- 2 German Managers
- 1 Norwegian Manager
- 1 Northern Irish Manager
- 1 Italian Manager
- 1 Chilean Manager
- 1 Austrian Manager
- 1 Argentine Manager
Premier League Managers by club:
Unai Emery was the handpicked successor to one of the longest-serving Premier League managers, Arsene Wenger. In Emery’s first season with the club, he guided the team to a UEFA Europa League Finals in 2019 (where they lost to Chelsea) as well as a fourth-place finish in the Premier League. Emery was a graduate of Real Sociedad’s youth system but barely broke into the first team (five appearances). Most of his playing career was in the Spanish second division where he spent nearly eight years. During the final year of his career, he suffered a gruesome knee injury that forced early retirement. However, it also gave him his first managerial opportunity at the same club he from which he retired.
He led Lorca Deportiva to an immediate promotion and fell only five points short of another in the following season. After this success, Emery moved to Almeria where he was successful immediately guiding the second-tier side to its first-ever promotion to La Liga. The next season would have them finish in eighth-place place. After his success as a manager at Almeria and Lorca, he was brought in to fill the Valencia managerial vacancy (previously held by Ronald Koeman) that had secured a tenth-place finish. Emery would guide the club to a sixth-place finish followed by three consecutive third-place finishes, guaranteeing Europa League and Champions League berths, respectively.
Emery dealt with Valencia’s final issues and still was successful despite having to sell David Silva and David Villa. Emery would leave the club after the completion of the 2011-2012 season. He began the shortest managerial in May stint of his career; six months with Spartak Moscow lasting only until the 25th of November. In January he was announced as the manager of Sevilla. In his first season, he would defeat Benfica on penalties in the Europa League final and guide the team to a fifth-place finish. In the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, his side would finish outside the automatic qualifying positions for the Champions League by finishing fifth and seventh, respectively. By winning the Europa League, they earned a Champions League place.
Not long after this, he was appointed as manager of PSG where he would finish second and first in Ligue One. However, the premier league manager would see his side exit the Champions League at the Round of 16 both years. In the 2016-2017, Emery would feel a historic defeat after leading 4-0 over Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League where the side would exit the competition. The 47-year-old Premier League manager was born in the Basque country in Hondarribia, Spain and holds Spanish nationality.
Dean Smith is one of the eight English Premier League managers currently active in the Premier League. Smith began his playing career will Walsall coinciding with their relegation to the fourth tier of the Football Association. They would remain there for the entirety of Smith’s career accruing over 150 appearances over five years from 1989-1994. In 1994, he joined Hereford United (now-defunct) for a club record (£80,000) where he stayed until the clubs relegation from the Tier 3 in 1997.
After leaving Hereford, he would sign with Leyton Orient where he spent most of his playing career (six years). He accrued more than 220 league appearances and 30 league goals (a substantial number for a defender) with them. In 2003, Smith moved to Sheffield Wednesday who was relegated and suffered mightily in the division beneath, and they were forced to make wholesale changes, of which Smith was one. He joined Port Vale after this; however, he would only play for the club for six months before taking a position as a youth coach at Leyton Orient.
By the end of the 2004-2005 season, Smith was promoted to Assistant Manager where he would stay until Martin Ling left the club in early 2009. A few months later, Smith joined Walsall as the Head of Youth Development. Eventually, Smith became the caretaker manager at Walsall in 2011, but after only seventeen days he was announced as the permanent manager. He was able to steer the club away from relegation finishing a single point above Dagenham & Redbridge finishing just outside of relegation places. In this summer, Smith parted with fourteen players and brought in his first batch of players, and they were able to avoid relegation by seven points.
From 2012 until 2015, Smith was responsible for many youth players transitioning to the first team. The youth influx coincided with a period of success for the club, although Smith would depart with Walsall in fourth place. From here, Smith moved to Championship-side, Brentford, where he lead the team to a ninth-placed finish while selling players for a combined £3.6M. In 2016, he signed 18 players (many who came from Walsall) and was able to finish in tenth place, in the next season he guided them to a ninth-placed finish. In October 2018, he was appointed as the manager of Aston Villa and was able to lead them to Premier League promotion after winning the Championship playoffs. The 48-year-old Premier League manager was born in West Bromwich, England.
Eddie Howe is another of the current English Premier League managers active. Howe was a defender who graduated from the Bournemouth youth system, before beginning to feature regularly for the side. Howe accrued 200 appearances over his eight years as a player for the team, before he was purchased by Portsmouth (and manager Harry Redknapp). He struggled with fitness after sustaining multiple season-ending knee injuries Eventually he was loaned to Bournemouth in the 2004-2005 season. Subsequently, the supporters raised money to fund his transfer back to the club in the following season. Finally, another knee injury forced his retirement in 2007. Although he had been acting as a first-team player while he concurrently managed the youth team, starting in December of 2006.
His beginnings as a first manager would arrive out of another managers sacking, and he was appointed as caretaker manager before earning the job permanently. In his first year, he managed to guide the club away from relegation despite beginning his tenure with a substantial point deficiency. Despite having a transfer embargo in place, Howe was able to guide the team to promotion to the League One. Howe assured fans in 2011 that he would be staying with the club, however, a mere three days later he was announced as the manager for Burnley.
During his tenure, Burnley finished the 2010-2011 season and the 2011-2012 season in the eighth- and thirteenth-place, respectively, before leaving the club. Shortly after his departure from Burnley, he returned to Bournemouth and guiding them to another promotion, this time to the Championship. Two short years later, Howe won promotion (and subsequently staved off relegation) for the Cherries. Howe was awarded the Football League Manager of the Decade award for his accomplishments with the team. The 41-year-old Premier League manager was born in Amersham (a parish outside of London), England and although he was never capped at the Senior National Team level, he represented the English-U21s twice.
Graham Potter is one of the eight English Premier League managers currently active. Potter began his playing career as a left-back with Birmingham City in 1992, where he was eventually signed and then loaned to Wycombe Wanderers. He left for Stoke City in 1993, where he would stay for three years, making 45 appearances for the side. He remained with Stoke until 1996 when he would join Southampton, although he would only make a handful of appearances for them. In 1997, he joined up with West Bromwich Albion although he would spend much of his time on loan away from the club. However, he did manage to make 43 appearances for the side. In 2000, he joined York City shortly after they fell from their position in Tier 3. For his whole career, they would remain in the fourth tier where he accrued 114 appearances for the side between 2003 and 2003. In the summer of 2003, Potter would move to Boston United where he made 12 appearances before going out on loan to Shrewsbury Town. After the 2003-2004 season, he moved for the final time as a player to Macclesfield Town and made 57 appearances.
In December 2010, he made his first endeavor in management, for Östersund in the fourth tier in Sweden. Potter would ultimately be with the club for eight years where he gained three promotions. He also earned Östersund a spot in the Swedish top-flight for the first time in the club’s history. This earned him an appointment with the recently relegated Swansea City, wherein his first (and only) season with the club they managed a tenth-placed finish. After the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season, former manager Chris Houghton was relieved of his managerial post at Brighton, Brighton made attempts to bring Potter and his staff. Although initial advances were rebuked, Swansea eventually relinquished the fight after compensation was agreed in the realm of £3M. On May 20, 2019, he was officially announced as the manager of Brighton & Hove Albion on a four-year deal. The 44-year-old Premier League manager was born in Solihull, England.
Sean Dyche is one of the eight English Premier League managers currently active. Sean Dyche joined Nottingham Forest as a youth player, although he would not make a single appearance for the first team. In 1990 he went on to join Chesterfield, which he would captain during his seven years with the club, after more than 230 appearances. In 1997 he would leave Chesterfield to go to Bristol City where he would make 17 appearances before he was sent on loan to Luton Town.
After two years with Bristol City, he joined Millwall where he amassed 69 appearances across three years before joining Watford. His final club as a player was with Northampton Town where he was influential in his first season. Although, after the appointment of Premier League Manager, Stuart Gray, he would fall out of favor. After the 2007 season, he was released from the club and chose to retire from professional football. In his first non-playing stint, he joined Watford’s staff as an under-18s coach and eventually assistant manager. After Malky Mackay left the club for Cardiff City, Dyche was promoted to manager and given the reigns, where the team secured a reasonable position (eleventh).
However, the club changed ownership and Dyche was allowed to leave Watford, at which time Burnley offered him the same job after Eddie Howe left to return to Bournemouth. In his first season at the club, Dyche guided Burnley to a promotion, allowing them to return to the Premier League although only for one year. In the 2015-2016 season, Dyche again guided the team to the Premier League via promotion, where they have managed to stay since. The 2017-2018 season was one of the best in recent memory for Burnley as they attained a seventh-place finish and a spot in the Europa League. In the 2018-2019 season, the club finished fifteenth but remained in the Premier League. The 48-year-old Premier League manager was born in Kettering, England.
After several weeks of speculation, Chelsea has finally unveiled Frank Lampard as their new manager. Lampard is one of the eight English Premier League managers currently active. Frank Lampard (Jr. ) would begin his soccer career within the system of West Ham United. Lampard would make over 150 appearances for the West Ham team before moving to Chelsea for a cost of slightly over $18M in 2001. While with Chelsea he would make well over 600 appearances, with 209 goals scored and 150 assists. Lampard has quite the trophy chest from his 13 years with Chelsea.
He would remain with Chelsea until he would move to Major League Soccer in 2014. Despite moving to Major League Soccer’s NYCFC, Lampard would go on loan back to the parent club (Manchester City) for the 2014-2015 Premier League season. In total, Lampard would make 31 appearances in the MLS before retiring from the playing side.
Lampard began his career in 2018 with Derby County and was able to guide them to the same final position for Derby as they finished in the season prior. There was no substantial difference in the team’s statistics. Lampard would lead the club to the playoff final before losing 2-1 to Aston Villa. Shortly after Derby’s season ended, the speculation began that Lampard would replace Sarri. The appointment to Chelsea took a long time due to the compensation package for Derby. However, only July 4th, the Chelsea icon, Frank Lampard, was officially appointed on a three-year deal. The 41-year-old Premier League manager was born in London, England.
Roy Hodgson is another of the eight English Premier League managers currently managing in the League. Hodgson was a product of the Crystal Palace youth system, although he would never make a senior appearance for the club. After failing to break into the first team at the club, Hodgson would depart for Tonbridge where he would stay for three years. His next team would be Gravesend & Northfleet where we would stay for two years while he studied to become a coach. Once he passed his qualification exams, he would move to Maidstone United where he would serve as both a player and an Assistant Manager. He would make brief stops to play at two additional clubs at Ashford Town and Berea Park (in South Africa). However, his final two-years were both at Carshalton Athletic.
Once he retired, he was recommended for a position by his former manager at Maidstone United, Bob Houghton, at Halmstads BK in the Swedish top-flight. In 1976, the club was a favorite among all pundits for the drop. However, Hodgson would instead lead the first Championship under his management with the second coming in 1979. In 1980, Hodgson would return to England as an assistant under Bob Houghton at Bristol City, where he was ultimately promoted to caretaker manager in January 1982. However, he would only survive the position for four months. In 1982 he moved back to Sweden to manage second-tier IK Oddevold partway through the season, although he was unable to save the club from relegation. For the following season, he took over fellow second-tier side Örebro SK leading them to a third-place finish. In his next and final season with the club, he managed a first-place finish but lost out on promotion due to a loss in the playoff.
In 1985, Hodgson would move to Malmö FF where he would lead the team to five consecutive (regular) season titles. In addition, two Swedish championships (as decided by the playoff), and several respectable performances in the UEFA Europa League (or its predecessor). Malmö offered Hodgson a lifetime contract, but in part due to high taxes and wanderlust, he would move to Neuchâtel Xamax in Switzerland. In his two seasons with the club, he would finish third and fifth in the league. However, they would also earn a qualifying place in the Europa League. After two years with Neuchâtel Xamax, he would switch places with the then-current Switzerland manager.
Hodgson helped the Swiss team qualify for its first major tournament since the 1960s in the form of the 1994 World Cup and the Euro 1996. Hodgson then moved to Inter Milan where he would oversee a significant rebuilding process. In his two years with the club, he managed a seventh- and third-place finish but despite this, he would leave Italy to move back to England. Hodgson left to join Blackburn Rovers and was able to secure a sixth-placed finish in his first season. His next season would not be as successful, and he would be dismissed from the team in November 1998.
Hodgson rejoined Inter as a member of the backroom staff before joining Grasshoppers in Switzerland where he managed a fourth-place finish. In December of 2000, he would move to F.C. Copenhagen in Denmark where he led the club to both the Danish Supercup and a Superliga Championship. He would add a second Supercup title before agreeing to move Udinese, which saw him as management for less than six months after the fallout from a comment made about the job.
In April of 2002, Hodgson was appointed the manager of both the Olympic and Senior National Teams for the United Arab Emirates. Under his leadership, the team qualified for the 2004 Asian Cup as the runner up of the group. However, the team’s fifth-place performance in the 2004 Gulf Cup, he was dismissed from his position. Shortly after that, he would move to Viking in Norway in July 2004, where he would finish ninth and then fifth in 2005. After which, he would leave the club to coach the Finnish National Team.
Under his guidance, the team would miss out on qualification in the final qualification game. Finland was willing to extend Hodgson’s contract, but he chose instead, to leave for a struggling Fulham side. When Hodgson took over the team in December of 2007, the side was in 18th-place with only two wins. Despite a lackluster beginning, a fantastic final charge saw the team secure their safety on the last game of the season.
For the 2008-2009 season, Hodgson strengthened the side with several free transfers alongside a few paid ones. The club’s resulting season saw them finish in seventh place and having reached the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. Hodgson’s final season saw a return to the midtable, twelfth, although the club barely missed advancing in the Europa League. They would end up losing in the dying moments of the final, but would again reach the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. At this time, a buyout was negotiated for him to move to Liverpool. He arrived in July of 2010 and encountered a turbulent run with the club, but Hodgson would leave the club by mutual consent in January 2011.
In February 2011, he joined West Bromwich Albion replacing Roberto Di Matteo, with the club clinging to seventeenth place on goal difference before ending the season in eleventh place. In Hodgson’s final year he would lead the club to their best finish in more than thirty years, finishing in tenth place. Hodgson was appointed the manager of the England team in April but concurrently managed West Brom until the end of the season. While England manager Hodgson would see the team ranked as high as third in the early part of his tenure before falling to twentieth by the end of his tenure.
After his England tenure, Hodgson was approached to take over a Crystal Palace team that had been held scoreless through four games and had lost them all. Although there was not an immediate turnaround, he led the club to an eleventh place finish in the 2017-2018 season. Despite massive investments in rival clubs, Hodgson was able to secure a twelfth place finish for the 2018-2019 season. Roy Hodgson has the honor of being the oldest active Premier League manager at 71 years young; he was born in Croydon, England.
Marco Silva began his youth career at Cova de Piedade before moving to Beleneses where he would make his way onto the pitch for the side only once. He would conclude a fifteen-year playing career with six years at Estoril. Marco Silva began his coaching career at 34-years old after retiring from Estoril at right back. His first venture into management was with Estoril where he was appointed the director of football. Not long after he joined the club’s backroom staff, he was promoted to the manager upon the departure of the existing manager.
Upon his appointment to club management, he guided the club back to the top tier after almost ten years away, on the first ask. During the next season in the Portuguese Premier League, they secured a fifth-place finish which tied the club record while also earning a first-ever place in the Europa League. In his final season with Estoril, he guided them to a fourth-place finish before ending his tenure as manager. In his next managerial stop, he signed a four-year contract with Sporting, although he would only see out one year. He led the team to a third-place finish and won the Portuguese cup. Not long after, he was sacked for not wearing the club’s suit.
In July of 2015, Silva was appointed by Olympiacos in Greece whom Silva guided to a Super League with several games in hand. Despite his success, it would be the only season he spent with Olympiacos as he resigned for “personal reasons” in June of 2016. Midway through the Premier League season, Silva was appointed by Hull City with the club in the last place. Despite buoyant results and a reasonable effort, Silva was unable to help the club retain its Premier League status. He would resign shortly after the club was relegated with six points (and goal difference) between them and safety.
Watford appointed him to be their manager for the 2017-2018 season and had a promising start to the season which had him other the microscope for other clubs (read: Everton). His team’s form had a massive drop which led the club to file charges that Everton was “tampering” with their manager and risked long-term problems for the club. He was dismissed mid-June because of the drop in form. Although he wouldn’t be appointed until the end of May 2018, he was said to be the odds on favorite for the next manager of Everton.
Silva was appointed to lead the Everton first team in May, and eventually, Everton and his former employer would agree on a compensation package nearing £4M. In his first year with Everton, Silva led the squad to a midtable, eighth-place finish only three points from continental competition. The 41-year old manager comes to the Premier League having been born in Lisbon, Portugal. He is one of two Portuguese Premier League managers currently coaching in the top division.
Brendan Rogers is the only of the Premier League managers from Northern Ireland. He began his playing career at Ballymena United where he graduated the youth program. He remained with his youth club until the age of 18 when Reading signed him. He would go on to make only a few appearances for the club before a severe knee injury would force him to retire early in his career (at the age of twenty). He would continue to play some over the next few years but only for non-league teams although he would begin coaching for Reading.
In 2004, he was invited to Chelsea to coach for Jose Mourinho where he worked with the youth teams. He eventually rose to manager of the reserves team a position he served in until he was appointed the manager of then-Championship side Watford. His first managerial appointment got off to a rocky start, although he was able to guide the team to a thirteenth place finish and the club avoided relegation. Reading had just released their manager, and Rogers was widely touted, and after a substantial compensation package had been agreed, he moved back to his old club. However, Rogers struggled after opening the season with excellent results and eventually would leave the club by mutual consent only six months after joining the club.
Several months later, Rogers would assume management of Championship side Swansea. His time with Swansea was quite successful. In his first season with the club, they took part in the Championship playoffs. After facing his old club and Nottingham Forest, they were able to win promotion for the 2010-2011 season. In the 2011-2012 season, the Swans were obvious relegation favorites, but Rogers was able to lead the side to a solid finish at eleventh.
After his success with Swansea, he was announced in June 2012 to be taking over management at Liverpool after Kenny Dalglish had left the post. Although the team’s cup form was disappointing, he secured a seventh-place finish in the league which was one place better than his predecessor. In the 2013-2014 season, the club scored over one hundred goals but fell just short of winning the league, finishing in second place. Liverpool would fade substantially in the 2014-2015 season where they fell to the sixth position and scored about two-thirds of the goals they had in the season prior. They were also eliminated from both the Champions League where they were transferred and ultimately defeated in the Europa League. The team’s form under Rogers would continue to worsen until his eventual sacking in October 2015 with the team in tenth place.
Roughly eight months later in May 2016, Rogers would be appointed to manage Celtic in Scotland. His first season would have the team qualify for the Champions League group stage, and win both the League Cup and the Premier League by a large margin. In the 2017-2018 season, Rogers’ side would repeat as league champions and again won the Scottish League Cup. Before the start of the 2018-2019 season, an unnamed Chinese club approached Rodgers with a big-money offer which he turned down.
Rodgers again led Celtic to advancement from the Europa League group stage and a Scottish Cup before leaving (with Celtic in first place by eight points) to join Leicester City in the English Premier League. The Foxes would finish the season in ninth place, ahead of West Ham United on goal differential. The 46-year-old Premier League manager was born in Carnlough, Northern Ireland.
Jürgen Klopp is one of two German Premier League managers currently managing in the Premier League. Klopp split his youth career among two clubs, SV Glatten, and TuS Ergenzingen, where he played as a striker. Klopp began his professional career at 1. FC Pforzheim where he made a couple of appearances. Over the next three years, Klopp would play for Eintracht Frankfurt II (1987-1988), Viktoria Sindlingen (1988-1989), and Rot-Weiss Frankfurt (1989-1990) for a season each before finding a home at Mainz 05. Not only did he play for Mainz 05 for eleven years, but they also changed him from striker to a defender. They would also be his first managerial experience.
In February 2001, Klopp would be given the reins at Mainz taking over after Eckhard Krautzen was dismissed. Klopp was able to keep the club from relegation by finishing fourteenth. In both of the next two seasons (2001-2002, 2002-2003) Klopp would lead them to fourth-place finishes. In the 2003-2004 season, Klopp guided the team to a third-place finish and promotion the Bundesliga for the first time.
In his first season in the Bundesliga (2004-2005) Klopp secured an eleventh place finish with the smallest budget in the Bundesliga while securing a birth in the Europa League precursor. The next season Klopp guided the team to another eleventh place finish, but they were knocked out of the UEFA Cup in the first round. The 2006-2007 season Klopp was not able to repeat their successes from the prior season, and they were relegated. Despite the relegation, Klopp would stay with the club to attempt to win promotion again, but after falling short of returning to the Bundesliga in the 2007-2008 season, he would resign.
In May 2008, he was appointed to manage Borussia Dortmund. Klopp led the team to a sixth-place finish, which was seven places better than the prior season’s thirteenth place finish. The next season, 2009-2010 Klopp guided Dortmund to a fifth-place garnering the team a spot in the UEFA Europa League playoff round. Klopp guided the team to back to back Bundesliga titles in both the 2010-2011 and the 2011-2012 seasons. In 2012-2013 the club finished second in the Bundesliga and made the Champions League finals, where they were beaten 2-1 by Bayern Munich. Klopp’s club finished in second the following 2013-2014 season before dropping to a disappointing seventh in the 2014-2015 during which Klopp announced he would leave the club after the season.
In October of 2015, Klopp was hired to replace Brendan Rodgers who left the club (for Celtic, however, he now manages for Leicester City). In his first season as manager, Klopp led Liverpool to an eighth-placed finish. In the 2016-2017, Liverpool qualified for the Champions League through a fourth-place finish in the Premier League. Klopp repeated the same results for the 2017-2018 season as well as reaching the Champions League finals. In the 2018-2019 season, Liverpool would face a monumental challenge of keeping up with Manchester City after their record-setting points haul. They would fall just short of the Premier League title, but they would win the year’s Champions League title. They secured a place in the next season’s Champions League by virtue of being Champions, although their finish in the Premier League would have had them anyway. The 51-year old German Premier League manager was born in Stuggart, Germany.
Pep Guardiola is one of three Spanish Premier League managers currently managing a Premier League team. Guardiola graduated from the FC Barcelona youth academy where he began to move through the different teams. He played for the Barcelona C team from 1998-1999 where he would make a few appearances. After that season he would be promoted to the Barcelona B team, where he would remain from 1990-1992. He accrued more than 50 appearances, and would sometimes make appearances for the Barcelona first team as well.
Guardiola would spend the lion’s share of his playing career (1990-2001) with Barcelona, recording over 250 first-team appearances in La Liga. After allowing his contract to run out, he would turn to the Serie A where he would spend a year with both Brescia and Roma. After leaving Italy in 2003, he would play for Al-Ahli in Qatar where he would excel until he decided to move in 2005. This move would begin his final season in Mexico although injuries would hamper and limit him to only a few games.
Pep Guardiola’s managerial career would begin nearly two years later, in June 2007 when he was appointed as the manager of the Barcelona B side. Although he would manage this team for only one year, he would guide the team to the Tercera Division title (which is actually the fourth tier of Spanish football). Pep would be promoted to manager of the FC Barcelona first team after the team president revealed that Frank Rijkaard would not continue in his role after the 2007-2008 season. In his first season over Barcelona, there would be wholesale changes for the club both leaving the club and arriving. The 2008-2009 season would bring Dani Alves and Gerard Pique, and Sergio Busquets among others into the team.
Guardiola would have immediate success with the first team, recording a domestic treble with the team winning the Champions League, the Copa del Rey, and the La Liga title. In the 2009-2010 season, he would put his prior year to shame winning every competition in which they competed (six trophies in total) including the domestic league and the Champions League.
In the 2010-2011 season, Guardiola’s team would again repeat as both Champions League and La Liga winners. The 2011-2012 season would have the team knocked out of the Champions League, runners up in La Liga, although the final trophy won for Guardiola at Barcelona was this season’s Copa del Rey. Guardiola would announce that the 2011-2012 was to be his last at Barcelona, and afterward, he would take a sabbatical of nearly a year.
Guardiola would join Bayern Munich in June 2013 to take over for Jupp Heynckes as the manager. Guardiola would continue his success winning the 2013 UEFA Super Cup along with securing the 2013-2014 Bundesliga title with several games still to be played. The team was defeated in the semifinals of the Champions League; however, they would go on to win the German Cup. The 2014-2015 season would see them repeat their feat as Bundesliga champions, however, they would fall in the semifinals of both the German Cup and the Champions League. The 2015-2016 season would be Guardiola’s last with Bayern. Guardiola would go out in top form winning his third Bundesliga title as well as another German Cup. If there’s one knock on his final season, it would e that they only made it to the Champions League semifinals.
After his departure from Bayern, he would remain unemployed for only a short time before being signed to a multiyear deal with Manchester City. In his first season with the club, 2016-2017, Guardiola would lead the Citizens to a third-place finish in the Premier League. The team was knocked out of the League Cup in the fourth round, FA Cup semi-finals, and the Champions League in the round of sixteen. The 2017-2018 campaign would have Manchester City improve their position to Premier League Champions while also bringing home the League Cup. Manchester City would be knocked out in the fifth round of the FA Cup and would be defeated in the Champions League Quarterfinals. In the 2018-2019 season, the club would repeat as Premier League champions while adding wins in the Community Shield, FA Cup, EFL Cup and reaching the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The 48-year-old Premier League manager was born in Santpedor, Spain.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær is the only of the Premier League managers from Norway. Solskjær began his career in the Clausenengen (which now exists as part of Kristiansund BK) youth system, where he would be moved into the first team in 1990. Between 1990 and 1994 he would make over 100 first-team league appearances and provide more than one goal per game on average. Solskjær would eventually move to Molde to take part in the Tippeligaen (the Norweigan top flight) where he would remain for two years, scoring more than thirty league goals.
In 1996, Alex Ferguson would bring the young Norweigan to Manchester United where he was expected to be only a rotation player. However, he established himself in the first team quickly. Over the next eleven seasons, he would make over 230 league appearances for Manchester United scoring more than 90 goals while appearing regularly for the Norweigan National Team. After eleven seasons of which the final few were plagued with knee injuries, Solskjær would retire from Manchester United. He received high praise from Alex Ferguson for his ability to watch the game unfold and determine how to best make an impact from the bench, as he did numerous times.
In May 2008, Solskjær took over as the reserve team manager where he would serve until he got an opportunity with Molde to be their first team manager. In January 2011 he moved to Molde where he would go on to secure a Tippeligaen (which is competed between mid-March and mid-November) title in his first season with the club. In the 2012 season, Solskjær would guide the team to a second consecutive Tippeligaen title. The 2013 Tippeligaen season would prove to be a test for Solskjær as the team struggled mightily in the league, and were able to recover only enough to finish sixth.
In January 2014, Solskjær got his first Premier League managerial opportunity with Cardiff City. Although they were ultimately relegated from the Premier League, Solskjær would stay with the side to begin the Championship season before departing in September. He returned to Molde for the final stretch of the 2015 Tippeligaen season ultimately guiding the team to a sixth-place finish. The 2016 season began with substantial improvement although the team’s form would tail off bringing them to a final resting place of fifth that season. The 2017 season ended with Molde returning to second place in the league where the team would also finish for the 2018 season.
Only sixteen days after signing a contract extension with Molde, he was appointed as the caretaker manager for Manchester United. By March of 2019, he was offered the Manchester United position permanently, after which the team’s form dropped off, and they eventually settled in sixth. The 46-year-old Premier League manager was born in Kristiansund, Norway.
Steve Bruce is one of the eight English Premier League Managers actively coaching in the top-flight. Bruce began his professional career with Gillingham, as a youth team player. When he joined the team, he was signed as a midfielder but was quickly converted to a center back. He broke through to the first team in 1979. He was also called up to the English (U18) youth team in the same year. He played for Gillingham from 1979-1984 where he would make 205 league appearances along with 29 goals. Bruce did not sign a contract addition with the stated desire to play for another club.
Bruce joined Norwich City in 1984 where he would go on to make 141 league appearances and provided 14 goals. However, his debut with Norwich City was disastrous as he would go on to score an own goal. However, his appearances would improve markedly leading to interest from many Premier League teams. He would eventually move to Manchester United for about a $1M transfer fee. Bruce would go on to make 309 Premier League appearances for the Reds scoring 36 goals and be noted as “arguably the best pair in history.”
In 1996, Bruce felt his career with Manchester United was coming to a close and moved to Birmingham City in an attempt to win promotion. His contract saw him become one of the highest-paid players in the country at the time. He would make 72 appearances for the Birmingham club before being dropped and eventually moving into a player-manager position at Sheffield United. However, Bruce would only make 12 appearances for the Blades and act as manager through only one season (due to shortages of transfer funds and board disputes)
In 1999, Bruce was persuaded to take the managerial reigns at Huddersfield Town where he began his season with a string of six straight wins before eventually cooling off. The team would finish outside the promotion play-off positions and into the next season. Bruce was dismissed after playing eleven games and winning only six points. In April of 2001, he would be named manager of Wigan Athletic which he would guide to the playoffs, but would eventually be defeated. Bruce would leave less than two months after joining Wigan to join Crystal Palace.
Bruce’s team started off the 2001 season well, although the manager would tender his resignation less than three months into the season. An injunction by former-employers Crystal Palace complicated Bruce’s move to Birmingham City until a compensation settlement had been reached.
Bruce began his longest tenure as a manager with Birmingham City who was in a mid-table position when he joined them. He was able to guide them into a promotion playoff place, and an eventual defeat of Norwich City had them return to the Premier League. The 2002-2003 season started poorly for Bruce. However, after signing Christophe Dugarry, the sides fortunes improved dramatically to an eventual thirteenth place finish. In the 2003-2004 season, the team had high expectations, but only managed a tenth-place finish. Despite their underwhelming finish, Bruce would sign a new contract extending his contract for five additional years. Beginning only a few short months would be the first of two significant rumors about Bruce leaving the club to become the manager of Newcastle United.
Despite the rumors, Bruce stayed with Birmingham City. Although the 2004-2005 season was not an improvement, despite having high expectations, they would only achieve a twelfth-place finish. The 2005-2006 season ended with relegation back to the Championship. In the 2006-2007 season, he was equipped with a substantial transfer budget but after several poor results had pundits calling for him to be sacked. However, the team would respond with a series of wins and ultimately, secure promotion. At the end of the 2006-2007 season, Bruce had been offered a contract extension by the board, although the new owner did not abide by it.
Wigan Athletic would buyout Bruce’s remaining contract for £3M which would have him return for his second stint with the club. In the 2007-2008 season, Bruce struggled to keep the team in the Premier League but was eventually able to secure another season in the League. The 2008-2009 season was a marked improvement over the prior season where the Latics would achieve an eleventh-place finish in what would eventually be his final season with them. Sunderland came calling after their manager left following the end of the 2008-2009 season.
Bruce and several of his staff would be appointed to positions at Sunderland for the following year. In the 2009-2010 season, despite a 14-game winless streak, Bruce was able to guide the team to a 13th-place finish. He would follow up by making wholesale changes to the clubs first team and signed an extension in February 2011. However, the clubs fortunes changed dramatically, and Bruce would be dismissed in November 2011 following a loss to a bottom-four side.
In June of 2012, Bruce was named as the manager for Hull City. In his first season as the manager, he was able to gain promotion via a second-place finish on the final day of the season. In the 2013-2014 season, he secured Hull’s best result in the Premier League as well as reaching the final of the FA Cup before beating defeated in extra time by Arsenal. As a result, Hull made their first-ever continental competition appearance in the Europa League.
In March 2015, Bruce signed an extension with the club although the season would end in relegation. After Hull secured Manager and Player of the Month Honors, despite finishing fourth, they would win promotion via the playoffs to the Premier League. Despite the promotion, Bruce failed to secure a future with the club’s new owners and ultimately would leave the club.
October 2016 would see Bruce appointed as manager for Aston Villa and in his first match in charge, got the club its first away win in over a year. Ultimately, the club finished the 2016-2017 season in 13th place. In the 2017-2018 season, the club finished in fourth-place securing a promotion playoff position, although they would lose in the final to Fulham. In October 2018, the club would endure a poor run of form that would ultimately cost Bruce his position at Villa with the club in 12th.
In January 2019 he was appointed to the managerial role at Sheffield Wednesday. When Bruce took over the club, they were in 18th-place and Bruce guided them to a finish in twelfth place. Bruce resigned from the club in mid-July over speculation/negotiations that he would become the next Newcastle United manager. His compensation package is expected to be around £4M. He was officially announced as Newcastle United’s next head coach on July 17th, 2019.
Daniel Farke was appointed as the first Premier League manager from outside of England in the club’s history, having German nationality. Farke has a playing history between the German fourth tier and sixth tiers but has been very successful since entering management. He led his first club (whom he played for previously) SV Lippstadt 08 from the sixth tier of German soccer to the fourth tier, in six years. He was later hired to serve as Borussia Dortmund II (the reserve team) manager, where he spent two seasons before leaving.
Once he left Dortmund II, Norwich City signed him to a two-year deal. His first season ended in limited success finishing 14th in the Championship. However, he would go on to winning it outright (and earning promotion) the following season which earned him a three-year contract extension. The 42-year old manager born in Steinhausen, West Germany played forward during his playing career.
Chris Wilder is one of the eight English managers that currently manage in the Premier League. Wilder began his playing career with the youth team at Southampton, although he was released before making a first-team appearance. He would go on to make appearances for 11 clubs over his 15-year career before entering management. His first managerial endeavor was with Alfreton Town with whom he won the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East League (Tier 8).
He would spend the next six years with Halifax Town AFC (until the club was liquidated). Under his leadership, they would finish in the top half of the National League in Wilder’s first season. Only a few months after Halifax Town AFC was liquidated he was hired as the manager of Oxford United. He would with stay with them for six years also, winning the club promotion to the League Two (Tier 4) during his tenure.
He would eventually resign from the club to take over relegation-threatened Northampton leading them instead to a mid-table finish. In his second season with the club, they would win the League Two title. He returned to Sheffield United where he had played during his playing career. He won two promotions in just three years, the most recent of which brought the Blades into the Premier League. He has won the Manager of the Year in various divisions four separate times as well as numerous Manager of the Month Awards. The 51-year old was born in Stocksbridge (part of Sheffield Metropolitan area) in England and was a right-back during his playing career.
Ralph Hasenhüttl is the only of the Premier League managers to hold Austrian nationality (and the first overall to manage) in the Premier League. His playing career began with GAK in his hometown where he would remain from 1985-1989. However, in the summer of 1989, he would move to Austria Wien where his team would win three successive (Austrian) Bundesliga titles. In 1994 he would depart Austria Wien and move instead to RB Salzburg where he would reside for two years and make more than 50 league appearances.
In 1996, he would move to Belgium where he would have one-year stints with both Lierse and Mechelen before moving to Germany in 1998. Hasenhüttl would spend two years with the side although they would not be particularly fruitful years. His next stop was with SpVgg Greuther Fürth in 2000 where he would again make a two-year stop. He would continue to the Bayern Munich II in 2002 team where his playing career would end (in 2004). Hasenhüttl got his first coaching opportunity as a youth coach at SpVgg Unterhaching before being the caretaker manager and eventually ending up as the permanent assistant coach.
Only seven months later, the manager was again dismissed. The club would promote Hasenhüttl to the role of manager where he would lead them to a sixth-place finish in the 2007-2008 season. In the next season, the 2008-2009, the club would compete in the newly formed third-tier Bundesliga (3. Bundesliga) where Hasenhüttl would lead the team to a fourth-place finish, only one place shy of a promotion. 2009-2010 would show a marked step backward as the club struggled mightily with Hasenhüttl being dismissed at the end of February.
One year later, he was appointed to VfR Aalen in January of 2011 with the club teetering dangerously one point above the relegation zone. Hasenhüttl was able to guide the team safely from relegation, which earned him an additional contract year, which he used to retool the side completely. In the 2011-2012 season, Hasenhüttl was able to guide the team to promotion into the 2. Bundesliga after finishing in second. The 2012-2013 season would see them start well and finish in the top half, in ninth place. However, VfR Aalen would lose their main sponsor, and as a result, the club executives forced players to be sold and not replaced as an austerity measure.
In June of 2013, Hasenhüttl would resign from the position. In October 2013, he would be appointed to Ingolstadt 04 where he would take the team from the last position in the 2. Bundesliga to a tenth place finish in the 2013-2014 season. In the following season, Hasenhüttl would help the team earn promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in club history after winning the 2. Bundesliga title. The 2015-2016 would be another successful one for Ingolstadt by avoiding relegation and finishing in eleventh in the Bundesliga; however, Hasenhüttl would depart at the end of the season.
In May 2016, Hasenhüttl was appointed the manager of RB Leipzig who was just promoted to the Bundesliga; the 2016-2017 was a massive success as Hasenhüttl guided the team to a second-place finish in the Bundesliga. However, the 2017-2018 would end with a sixth-place finish, and Hasenhüttl was asking to have his contract terminated rather than acting as a caretaker for the next incoming manager, Julian Nagelsmann. In December of 2018, Hasenhüttl took over at Southampton with the club in relegation places. Over the remainder of the season, he was able to secure Southampton’s Premier League status by finishing sixteenth in the Premier League. The 51-year old manager was born in Graz, Austria.
Mauricio Pochettino is the only of the Premier League managers to hail from Argentina. Pochettino began his playing career at Newell’s Old Boys where he would break into the first team in 1989 (at 16) and play until 1994, racking up over 150 appearances. In 1994, he would move to Espanyol to accompany their first season back in La Liga. He would spend more than six years with the club, before moving in January 2001 to Paris Saint-Germain FC. During his two years in Paris, he would accrue 70 league appearances.
After the 2003 season, he would move to Bordeaux in France where he would make only a handful of appearances for the club. He would be loaned (and eventually transfer) back to Espanyol where he would approach 60 more appearances for the La Liga side and end his playing career. After a couple of years unemployed, Mauricio Pochettino would be offered the managerial position for Espanyol. He would take over in January 2009 as the third manager of the season with the team in a bottom three position. In a vast improvement of the team’s fortunes, Pochettino managed to get the team up to a tenth place finish in La Liga. Pochettino continued the 2009-2010 season with another comfortable midtable position, with a finish in eleventh place.
In the 2010-2011 season, Pochettino further improved the side’s fortunes with an eighth-place finish. The 2011-2012 was not nearly as good as the previous ones, and he ended up with the club in twentieth place, wherein the manager decreed insufficient transfer spending. The ultimate result was the club and Pochettino ending the contract by mutual consent. Pochettino was announced as the Southampton manager in January 2013, when he took over for Nigel Adkins with the club in fifteenth place. Although Pochettino was only able to increase the club’s place by one position, the club was safe from relegation. For the 2013-2014 season, however, Pochettino was able to bring the club to its best finish in nearly ten years by finishing in eighth place.
Pochettino’s work with Southampton earned him an offer of further employment with Tottenham Hotspur, and in May 2014 he was appointed as head coach. In his first full season, 2014-2015, with the club, he was able to earn a fifth-place finish in the Premier League with a finals appearance in the League Cup. During this first season, he brought several academy prospects including Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Eric Dier. All of which would feature prominently for the side for future years. In the 2015-2016 season, under Pochettino’s leadership, Tottenham continued to improve its position with a third-place finish.
The improvements would continue in the 2016-2017 season where the team would make the round of 32 in the Europa League, a semifinal in the FA Cup and a second-place finish in the Premier League. The 2017-2018 season Tottenham fell to third position in the Premier League; however, they reached the semifinals of the FA Cup again, while advancing to the Round of 16 in the Champions League. In 2018-2019, Tottenham moved one position down again, but also reached the semifinals in the EFL Cup and a runner up position in the Champions League. The 47-year old manager was born in Murphy, Argentina.
Quique Sanchez Flores replaces the former Watford manager to remain the third Spanish manager in the Premier League. Flores spent the first ten years of his 13-year playing career with Valencia whom he helped win promotion back to La Liga. After Valencia’s return to La Liga. Flores would be their preferred choice at right-back and the club would finish better than eighth each year while he remained with them. Upon the completion of the 1993-1994 season, Florez would move to Real Madrid where we would remain for two seasons (adding a La Liga title to his achievements in the first season) before moving to Real Zaragoza where he would end his playing career.
Flores would begin his managerial career with the Real Madrid youth team in 2001. After three successful seasons, he would be hired to manage the Getafe first team, and he had success in guiding the club to a 13th-placed finish. He would also guide the side to being the only one of the three recent promotees to avoid relegation, however, the club would be unable to retain his services as his former club Valencia would appoint him as their manager. In his first season with Valencia, Flores would guide the club to a third-place finish in La Liga and a return to the Champions League. The following season would begin with expectations but numerous injuries would temper them, it would also bring to light internal struggles between Flores and the sporting director. Despite the difficulties, they would end the season in fourth place with a Champions League elimination in the Semi-Final round to runner up Arsenal. The conclusion of the season would see the sporting director replaced prior to beginning the 2007-2008 season, although Flores would not make it through the month of October as manager.
After a short break, Flores would be appointed to manage Benfica at the conclusion of the 2007-2008 season, where he would remain for only one year, despite a third-place league finish and being victorious in the Portuguese League Cup. Nearly a full year later Flores would be appointed to manage Atletico Madrid where despite managing only a ninth-place league finish, they reached the finals in two competitions. Atletico would defeat Fulham in the Europa League Finals although they would lose the Copa del Rey to Sevilla. Despite these successes, after frequent issues with at least one player, Flores would resign before the end of the season. Flores next stint in management would be in the United Arab Emirates where he would join Al Ahli in November, although he would remain only through the conclusion of the season.
Only a short time later, Flores would return to the United Arab Emirates to coach Al Ain, although he would only manage from the end of September through mid-March before being dismissed. Flores would return to Getafe after a break, although he would not remain even two months with the club explaining his decision to leave as personal and stemming from “situations that… did not make [him] happy“. Three months later, Flores would begin his first stint at Watford amidst a twelve-month period that would see five managers through the gates. In his first season with Watford, he would lead them to one of their best finishes in recent history (mid-table) and was eliminated in the FA Cup Semi-Finals. Despite these successes, the board announced that Flores would depart at the conclusion of the season with fans and pundits alike wondering how they were not retaining his services.
Shortly after his departure from Watford, Flores would be appointed to lead Espanyol in June 2016. In his first season, 2016-2017, with Espanyol, he would narrowly miss out on continental qualification by finishing eighth (only the top seven qualify) in La Liga although it would better the prior season finish by five places. The following season would be a much different scenario for Flores and the club, which would ultimately lead to him being dismissed with the club in 16th place in April 2018. His next move would be to China where on Christmas Day he was announced as the manager for Shanghai Shenhua, who he would lead to a seventh-place finish in the Chinese Super League. However, this too would only be short-lived as he would depart the following June.
In September 2019, he would replace the recently sacked Premier League manager, Javi Gracia, beginning his second stint with the club. The 54-year old Spanish manager was born in Madrid.
Manuel Pellegrini is the only Chilean currently a part of the Premier League managers. He spent the entirety of his thirteen-year playing career (1973-1986) with Universidad de Chile where he played center back and earned 450 appearances for the club team. His managerial experience began with the club he spent his whole professional career with. However, the opening season was less than desirable, with the team relegated from the Chilean top flight after finishing fifteenth (out of sixteen teams). 1989 would see the side climb back into the Chilean top flight after just one year by winning the South Division of the Chilean second tier.
In 1990, Pellegrini would guide the side to a fifth-place finish in the side’s first season after their promotion from the second tier. In his second season in 1991, the side’s form would dip slightly down to ninth in the top flight. In his final year 1992, Pelligrini would only manage a twelfth place finish in the top flight. He would then depart the team to take over O’Higgins for the 1993 season, who would actually drop one position under Pellegrini from sixth in the top flight down to seventh. After only one season, Pelligrini would move in 1993 to Universidad Católica where he would secure a second-place finish in the league, but he would also capture the 1994 Copa Interamericana. In the 1995 season, Pelligrini again secured a second-place finish and this time, the 1995 Chilean cup.
Pellegrini would have no position from the conclusion of the 1995 Chilean season until the beginning of the 1998 season where he was appointed again to manage Palestino. Pellegrini was unable to improve on the results prior season where they finished tenth. However, his contract would be bought out by Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito in the Ecuadorian top flight. Pellegrini would finish his first season 1999 in first but falling in the Championship playoffs. In 2000, Pellegrini’s second season would see the side finish in second also falling in the Championship playoffs.
In 2001, Pellegrini would join San Lorenzo de Almagro in Argentina. He would lead the team to the Copa Mercosur (the precursor to Copa Sudamericana) and a first-place finish in the Argentine top flight. Pellegrini would leave San Lorenzo to go to River Plate where he would secure a second place in 2002, his first full season with the club. In his next season with the Argentine club, he would win the Torneo Clausura (the second or “closing” half) in 2003.
He would resign from River Plata at this time to move to Spain where in July 2004 he would assume the role of manager at Villarreal CF. In Pellegrini’s first season with the club the 2004-2005 season, he would guide them to a third-place finish in La Liga and secure a place in the Champions League. In the 2005-2006 season, the club’s domestic place would drop from third to seventh, but the team would make it through to the semifinals of the Champions League. In 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons, the club would finish fifth and second place, respectively. In the 2008-2009 season, which would prove to be Pellegrini’s last with Villarreal he would lead them to a fifth-place finish.
Real Madrid would trigger the €4M clause to allow him to accept the managerial position at Real Madrid. Pellegrini would only serve one season with the club after some disappointing losses, including a Copa del Rey loss to a third-tier club. Pellegrini would fall short of the first place in La Liga, which had been the expectation. However, he would achieve a club record points haul of 96 (later eclipsed by his successor). However, in spite of the record, he was dismissed, and Real Madrid would hire his successor in Jose Mourinho.
In November 2010, Pellegrini would be appointed to a position leading Málaga after Jesualdo Ferriera was sacked. Pelligrini assumed control with the club in twentieth place but was able to lead the team to eleventh place. Pellegrini would build on the prior team substantially where he would guide the 2011-2012 rendition of the club to a fourth-place finish and a place in the Champions League. In the 2012-2013 which would prove to be Pellegrini’s final season with Málaga, he secured a sixth-place finish while reaching the quarterfinals of both the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. In light of serious financial problems which would preclude the team from competing in the Champions League, Pellegrini would announce that he would leave the club.
Not long after Pellegrini left Málaga, he was approached to become the next manager of Manchester City. In his first season (2013-2014) he would lead City to a domestic double where they would win both the Premier League and the EFL League Cup. The next season would not be quite as good to Manchester City with them finishing second in the 2014-2015 Premier League and knocked out of both domestic cups at the fourth round. In what would become his final season with Manchester City, the team’s form dropped to fourth place in the 2015-2016, although the team would win the EFL League Cup for the second time in Pellegrini’s tenure as well as a semifinal appearance in the Champions League.
In February 2016, the club confirmed it would not be renewing Pellegrini’s contract and that Pep Guardiola would be his replacement. Pellegrini would move to China for the 2016-2018 seasons where he would manage the Hebei China Fortune side, which would attain a seventh and a fourth-place finish in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 respectively. After this time he would leave China to return to the Premier League where he would be announced as the manager for West Ham United in May 2018. Under Pellegrini, the team secured a tenth place finish in the 2018-2019 Premier League. The 65-year old manager was born in Santiago, Chile.
Nuno Espírito Santo is one of the two Portuguese Premier League managers currently active. Santo began his youth career as a goalkeeper in 1985 at age 11. He spent a year with both Santoantoniense and Quumigal before spending four years with Caçadores Torreenses and eventually ending up with Vitória Guimarães. At Vitória Guimarães he would break into the first team in 1992, although he would feature sparingly for the first team. He also had a loan spell with Vila Real during the 1993-1994 season.
In 1997 he would be bought by Deportivo La Coruña although he would feature only sparingly for the side. During this time, he would spend most of his time with them on loan to Mérida and Osasuna. In 2002 he would be brought into Porto where he would also feature only a few times before being sold to Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League. He would only feature eleven times for Dynamo Moscow before returning to Portugal with Aves. Aves was relegated in the 2007-2008 season, after which he returned to Porto where he would provide backup before eventually retiring after the 2008-2009 season.
Santo got his first opportunity in management with Rio Ave beginning in May 2012 where Santo would lead the side to a fifth-place finish in the 2012-2013 season. In his second season, the team would finish the 2013-2014 domestic campaign in eleventh but would secure a sport in the 2014-2015 Europa League. He also managed to take the team to the Portuguese Cup and League Cup finals. After his success with Rio Ave, he would catch Valencia’s eye, and they would appoint him in July 2014.
In his first season, 2014-2015, with Valencia, Santo would guide the team to fourth place in the league (four positions better than the prior season). However, in the next season 2015-2016 the club would drop to twelfth in the domestic league, despite reaching the semi-finals in the Copa del Rey and finishing in the round of 16 in the Europa League after being transferred from the Champions League (from finishing third in the group stage). Santo would be appointed to lead Porto in June 2016, however, despite finishing second in the league, he was dismissed from the club.
Nearly one year later in May 2017, Santo would be appointed to Wolverhampton Wanderers (“Wolves”). In the 2017-2018 he would lead the team to the Championship league title which would see the club promoted to the Premier League. In the 2018-2019, Santo expertly guided the team far from relegation, instead, finishing seventh in the Premier League. The 45-year old manager was born in São Tomé, São Tomé, and Príncipe, which was a Portuguese territory until it was granted independence the year after Santo’s birth.