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English Premier League Managers (2019-2020 Edition)

Managers by Citizenship

  • 9 English Managers
  • 2 German Managers
  • 2 Portuguese Managers
  • 2 Spanish Managers
  • 1 Norwegian Manager
  • 1 Northern Irish Manager
  • 1 Italian Manager
  • 1 Austrian Manager
  • 1 Spanish Manager
  • 1 Scottish Manager

Premier League Managers by club:

Mikel Arteta
Photo by Ronnie MacDonald, 2012


Mikel Arteta was appointed as the replacement to Unai Emery on December 20, 2019. Arteta has only been in the coaching ranks of the game for a few years after having linked up with Pep Guardiola as his Assistant Manager at Manchester City in 2016. At 37 years of age, Arteta is the youngest active Premier League manager.

Arteta began his career at Antiguoko, an amateur side in San Sebastian,  before moving to join the Barcelona youth academy. Arteta made appearances for both the Barcelona B and C teams but did not make it into the first team. Towards the end of 2000, he was sent on loan to PSG, where he would make regular appearances in both the Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League. Although PSG wished to keep Arteta (and had a clause to buy the player at the conclusion of his loan), he would eventually move to Rangers in Scotland as a result of a more lucrative offer being made to Barcelona.

Arteta would play well in his first season with Rangers, but his second season would be marred by injuries After his second season in Scotland, he was sold to Real Sociedad for ~$5.5M. His time at Real Sociedad would consist of only three starts and a handful of appearances before going on loan to Everton for the second half of the 2004-2005 season. Arteta’s time at Everton was very successful and would lead to his signing that July for ~$3.5M. Everton would become a regular in the starting line up and as a captain for the Toffees. During this time he would be recognized as back-to-back Everton Player of the Year (2005-2006, 2006-2007).

In the 2011 summer transfer window, Arsenal acquired his services for ~$13M and he would remain with the Gunners until his eventual retirement in 2016. His final two years with Arsenal were plagued with injuries that allowed him to make less than 10 league appearances each season.

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Aston Villa:

Dean Smith is one of the eight English managers currently active in the English top flight. 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 promotion after winning the Championship playoffs. The 48-year-old manager was born in West Bromwich, England.

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AFC Bournemouth:

Eddie Howe is another of the current English 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 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.

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Brighton & Hove Albion:

Graham Potter is one of the eight English 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 manager was born in Solihull, England.

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Sean Dyche is one of the eight English 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 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 top division. although only for one year. In the 2015-2016 season, Dyche again guided the team to the to a 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 was able to avoid relegation. The 48-year-old was born in Kettering, England.

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After several weeks of speculation, Chelsea finally unveiled Frank Lampard as their new manager. Lampard is one of the eight English 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 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 manager was born in London, England.

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Crystal Palace:

Roy Hodgson is another of the eight English 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.

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On December 21, 2019, Ancellotti was unveiled as the next Everton manager following the sacking of Marco Silva. The 60-year old Italian was born in Reggiolo and is the only Italian manager in the English top flight.

Ancelotti began his career with his local youth side, Reggiolo, before moving to Parma. He broke into the first team at Parma where he would reside for 3 years after accruing more than 50 league appearances and 13 goals. He would then transfer to Roma on an undisclosed transfer fee where he would be part of an immensely successful group winning four Italian Cup titles. Although he would struggle with knee injuries through the 1981 and 1982 seasons before the team won the league the following year. A managerial change in 1985 saw him appointed as the club’s captain for his remaining two seasons with the club.

In 1987 Ancelotti would move to Milan where they would win the Serie A title in 1988. The club would experience a period of substantial success in winning various cups. Ancelotti would suffer from recurring knee injuries would eventually end his playing career at both club and international level. Ancelotti featured 26 times for the Italian National team adding one goal across his decade of service.

Ancelotti’s first role after his playing career ended was at the Italian Football Federation’s headquarters and central training ground. He would serve as the Assistant Manager from 1992-1995 under his old Inter Milan manager until his first managerial opportunity. In 1995, Ancelotti would be appointed to manage the Serie B side Reggiana, whom he guided to an immediate promotion. He would only spend one season with the club before he would join Parma. At Parma, he guided the team to a second-place finish in the Serie A in the 1996-1997 season, although he followed that up with a disappointing sixth-place finish during which the team was defeated in the first round of the Champions League.

In February 1999, Ancelotti was appointed the manager of Juventus. Ancelotti started off this season by winning a trophy, although they would be eliminated in the Champions League Round of 16 and losing the Serie A title to Lazio (by one point). The next season would not fare well for Ancelotti where he would finish second to Roma in the Serie A. The announcement of his sacking was unveiled at half-time in the team’s final game of the season.

Ancelotti would take control of Milan in November of 2010, which had undergone a barren stretch dating back to 1999. His managerial prowess would see the club finishing in 4th place, earning qualification to the Champions League. His second season (2002-2003)  with the club would see them improve their Serie A place to third, but adding victories in both the Italian Cup and the Champions League. Despite being knocked out of the 2003-2004 Champions League by Deportivo de La Coruna, they would finish as champions in the Serie A, Italian Super Cup champions.  In the next two seasons, Ancelotti’s men would finish as runners up to Juventus in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 (although match-fixing problems would later have them vacate both).

Milan would have a penalty assessed for their role in the match-fixing scandal in 2006-2007 in the form of an eight-point deduction. This deduction took them out of mathematical consideration for the Serie A leading to a sole focus on the 2007 Champions League, which they would win over Liverpool. The 2007-2008 season would see them fall to fifth place, missing out on Champions League qualification, a round of 16 Champions League elimination and a loss in the Italian Cup. Ancelotti would deny that he’d be leaving the club at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 season, though after finishing third, he would resign shortly after the final match of the season.

Ancelotti would next manage Chelsea after succeeding then-interim manager Guus Hiddink effective July 2009. His arrival would make the fourth manager in less than two years. Ancelotti’s tenure with Chelsea would begin on a high note after they beat Manchester United for the Community Shield. In the 2009-2010 season, Ancelotti guided the Blues to a League title (beating Manchester United by one point) and the FA Cup but they would lose in the Champions League round of 16 to former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. In his second season with the club, they would finish nine points off of the Premier League title, settling instead for runners up. Shortly after the final game of the season, Ancellotti would be fired from Chelsea.

Ancellotti was appointed to manage Paris Saint-Germain at the end of 2011. Before he took charge the club had been defeated in the Europa League, however, Ancellotti would steer the club to a second-place finish. In his second season with PSG, the club would reach the quarterfinals of the French Cup, the Ligue Cup, and the Champions League (losing on away goals to Barcelona). The team finished the season atop the Ligue 1 table, although Ancelloti would leave the club shortly after securing it.

Late June of 2013, Ancellotti would be announced as Real Madrid’s replacement for the outgoing manager, Jose Mourinho. Although Real Madrid would finish third in La Liga (on a tiebreaker against Barcelona) for his first season, they would go on to win the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. The following season would see Real Madrid improve their league place, albeit slightly by finishing second. Despite his success, Ancellotti would be relieved from managerial duties after the conclusion of his second season.

In December of 2015, Ancellotti was unveiled as the manager that would take over for Pep Guardiola, although the contract wouldn’t commence until July 1st. Ancelloti’s time with Bayern Munich began with a German Super Cup win, followed by eight straight league wins. In the 2016-2017 Bayern Munich would win the Bundesliga, however, they would suffer defeats in the Champions League Quarterfinals (to Real Madrid) and the Semifinals of the German Cup (to Borussia Dortmund). His second season began in a similar fashion by again winning the German Super Cup, however, he would not survive the month of September. After a poor showing in a Champions League group stage match against PSG, he was removed as manager after reports that his players had lost faith.

With Maurizio Sarri leaving to coach Chelsea, Napoli would appoint Ancellotti as the manager for the 2018-2019 season. He would guide the team to a second-place finish in the Serie A and after losing in the Champions Group Stages, the team would be eliminated in the quarterfinals of both the Italian Cup and the Europa League. Ancelloti would survive just over half of his second season before being sacked with the club in seventh place. He was replaced the next day.

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Leicester City:

Brendan Rogers is the only manager 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  was born in Carnlough, Northern Ireland.

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Jurgen Klopp is one of two Germans 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, Jurgen 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 was born in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Manchester City:

Pep Guardiola is one of three Spanish 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 manager was born in Santpedor, Spain.

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Manchester United:

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is the only of the Norwegian manager. 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 was born in Kristiansund, Norway.

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Newcastle United:

Steve Bruce is one of the eight English 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.

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Norwich City:

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.

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Sheffield United:

Chris Wilder is one of the eight English managers that currently manage in the EPL. 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.

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Ralph Hasenhüttl is the only EPL manager 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.

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Tottenham Hotspur:

Jose Mourinho, or Jose Mario dos Santos Mourinho Felix, is one of two active Portuguese Managers in the Premier League. Mourinho began his senior career at age 17 with Rio Ave in 1980, but he would make only 16 appearances over two years. In 1983, he would move to Belenenses where he would make the same number of appearances in a single year. He would move again in the latter part of the year to Sesimbra where he would stay until 1985 accruing 35 appearances during that span. In 1985 he would move to the team where he would conclude his career with Comercio e Industria in 1987 after making 27 appearances.

In 1990 he began working for Vitoria de Setubal as a youth coach and over the next two years, he would serve as an assistant manager and a scout. In 1992, arguably one of the most pivotal opportunities for Mourinho’s professional development arose with the hiring of Bobby Robson at Sporting CP. The Englishman needed a translator and Mourinho accepted the job where he would work closely with Robson and develop his tactical approach to the game until 1997. At this time, Robson left the club and was replaced by Louis Van Gaal. The pair worked well together and Van Gaal eventually gave Mourinho the reigns of the Barcelona B team.

In the summer of 2000, Mourinho would depart Barcelona and accepted a position as the successor of Jupp Heynckes (who was sacked before the end of September) at Benfica. Mourinho was immensely successful, but the Presidency of the club changed hands and the new president had a different direction in mind. Mourinho was allowed to remain manager in the interim, after defeating Sporting Lisbon 3-0 he asked for a contract extension which was denied by the board after which he resigned. The club would go on to finish sixth in the league despite their blistering mid-season form and the president has spoken openly about his regret over the decision, noting that he should have responded differently.

Mourinho got his next management job in 2001 with Uniao de Leiria whom he led to a fourth place in the Portuguese top-flight when he was approached by Porto. Mourinho was announced as the new Porto manager on January 23, 2002, with the club residing in fifth place. Despite this, Mourinho led his new side to a third-place finish with a strong run of form to conclude the season. Prior to the start of the 2002-2003 season, he made wholesale changes to the club’s squad before winning the league twice in succession. In addition, the club won the UEFA Cup and Taca de Portugal in the 2002-2003 season and followed it up with a UEFA Champions League victory in 2003-2004. His successes at Porto had English clubs seeking his services, and eventually, he would move to Chelsea after terms were agreed with Porto.

On June 2, 2004, Mourinho was announced as the new Chelsea boss after signing a three-year deal. In his first season as Chelsea manager, he led the club to their first top-flight win in the Premier League era. In addition to the Premier League title, they would also win the League Cup (against Liverpool) and would-be runners up in the Champions League after losing to Liverpool. The 2005 season saw Chelsea repeat as Premier League Champions, this time over Manchester United. In other competitions, they won the FA Community Shield, made the semi-finals of the FA Cup and were eliminated in the Quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.  In 2006, the season would get off to a poor start as Roman Abramovich would splash the cash on Andriy Shevchenko who did not have a good season and eventually benched. During this season rumors began to arise about Mourinho leaving due to disagreements with management and the appointment of Avram Grant as the Director of Football. Mourinho would deny the claims and won the League Cup and the FA Cup. However, he would only remain as Chelsea’s manager until September 20, 2007, at which time he and the club parted ways by “mutual consent”.

Mourinho’s next club would be Inter Milan where he succeeded Roberto Mancini. He would bring a large portion of his coaching staff (which had previously followed him to Chelsea from Porto) to Inter. Mourinho expressed initial interest in signing only a few players, which eventually ended up being the Brazilian Mancini ($14M), Sulley Muntari ($15M), and Ricardo Quaresma ($20M/Player exchange). In the 2008-2009 season, Mourinho would lead the team to wins in the Serie A and the Italian Super Cup. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. The 2009-2010 season would feature the Mourinho-led Inter to a treble consisting of the UEFA Champions League, the Coppa Italia, and the Serie A. They narrowly missed completing the quadruple after losing the Italian Super Cup.  Mourinho would be released from the club for a then-world record compensation package of nearly $10M to become the manager at Real Madrid.

Mourinho became the seventh manager in the last eleven years for the club and would bring in several major names before the season got underway. Those incoming players included Sami Khedira ($14M), Mesut Ozil ($16M), Ricardo Caravalho ($10M), and Angel Di Maria ($28M plus incentives). In his first season, the club repeated as runners up in La Liga although he brought improvement in the Copa del Rey which they won besting the round of 32 defeat the previous year. The club also improved in the Champions League where they would be eliminated in the semi-finals (rather than the quarter-finals as they had the year before. In his second season, 2011-2012, the Spanish team would return to the top of La Liga reaching the club milestone of 32 league wins. They would finish as runners up, quarterfinalists and semifinalists in the Spanish Super Cup, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League, respectively. In his final season with Real Madrid, they would return to second place in La Liga, runners up in the Copa del Rey, and the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, the only trophy won would be the Spanish Super Cup. Less than a year after signing a multi-year extension, the manager would leave by “mutual consent” again.

Mourinho would return to Chelsea in early June of 2013 after the firing of Roberto Di Matteo and the short-term Interim manager, Rafael Benitez. In his first season (of his second term) he would only manage an improved position in the Champions League, where they would improve from a Group Stage exit the prior year to the Semi-finals. His league position would remain exactly the same, and the team would actually be eliminated earlier in both the FA Cup and the League Cup. The 2014-2015 season would bring a league title to Chelsea along with the League Cup but would see the club take a step backward in the Champions League after being eliminated in the quarterfinals. After their successful league campaign, Mourinho had a falling out with several players including the top-scorer from the prior title-winning campaign, Diego Costa. Several reports indicated that Costa was told that he would no longer play for the team, and this among growing frustration with some of the teams’ performances in other competitions would lead to a very poor season for Chelsea. The club would part ways with Mourinho in mid-December in route to a tenth-place league finish, defeats in the fourth and sixth rounds in the League Cup and FA Cup, and a quarterfinal defeat in the Champions League.

In 2016, Mourinho would take the reigns at one of Chelsea’s biggest rivals in Manchester United. Although his first season would see him finish one league position beneath the prior season he would lead the team to victories in the Community Shield, UEFA Europa League, and the EFL Cup. The 2017-2018 season would see the teams league position improve to 2nd but would win no trophies, although they would finish as runners up in the UEFA Super Cup and the FA Cup, while being eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the Champions League. Despite having signed Alexis Sanches as part of a swap deal involving Henrik Mhkitaryan, the clubs favored an ultra-defensive approach which drew much scrutiny. His final season with the Red Devils would begin with only seven wins in the first seventeen games, including a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool. He would be removed from his position on December 18th for then-interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In 2019, Mourinho would be appointed as the replacement for Mauricio Pochettino in mid-November. This appointment begins the management of his third Premier League team (and fourth Premier League stint) with the others being Manchester United and Chelsea.

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Nigel Pearson is the eighth of the English managers. Pearson began his professional career as a defender in 1981 with Shrewsbury Town where he would amass 181 appearances over six years and adding five goals to his tally. In 1987, Pearson would join Sheffield Wednesday where he would spend seven years accumulating over 200 appearances and 14 league goals. During his captainship, the club would win the 1991 League Cup (defeating Manchester United 1-0) where he would also be named Man of the Match in Final. He would also help them secure promotion to the First Division before being involved in a $1M trade to Middlesborough in 1994. Pearson would again become captain of the team during which he would help The Boro earn two promotions (1994-1995 and 1997-1998) as well as three domestic cup finals, including the 1997 League and FA Cups as well as the 1998 League Cup the following season.

Pearson’s managerial career began with Carlisle United in 1998 where he would help the Cumbrians avoid relegation from the Third Division with a stoppage-time goal by the on-loan goalkeeper, Jimmy Glass. After leaving the club at the conclusion of the season, In 1999, Pearson was recruited to serve as a first-team coach at Stoke City, where we would remain, despite the change in ownership, until 2001. 

In 2004 Pearson would move to West Bromwich Albion as an assistant to his former manager at Middlesbrough, Bryan Robson. After Robson left the club in 2006, Pearson was named Caretaker Manager until the end of the season. Caretaker Manager would become a familiar position for Pearson who would serve in this capacity for the English U21 team in 2007, Newcastle United in both 2007 and 2008 before being given another permanent opportunity.

In February 2008 Pearson was appointed to Southampton on a short-term contract and his tenure would see them in 22nd place for the final matchday. However, in the final game of the season, the team would fall behind 1-0 before storming back to a 3-2 victory Pearson’s side would remain in the Championship, however, Pearson would be replaced at the end of May. 

Less than a month after leaving Southampton, Pearson was appointed as the Leicester City manager where we would partner with Craig Shakespeare whom he had played with as well as coaching with at West Brom. Pearson would be awarded League One Manager of the Month in the first month of the season, and would eventually put together a 23-match unbeaten streak. Pearson’s side would return to the Championship as champions only one season after being knocked out by Pearson’s Southampton side. The Leicester side would finish in fifth place their first season in the Championship which would place them in the playoffs and give them the rare opportunity to secure back-to-back promotions. Ultimately, however, the team would be defeated in the semi-finals to Cardiff City. Pearson would endure a strenuous relationship with the chairman until Leicester eventually allowed Hull City to approach, which would end Pearson’s time with the club.

Pearson was given the reigns at a club that was in the midst of serious financial difficulties following relegation from the Premier League the season prior. He would eventually lead the team to a record for consecutive away gives without a loss at fourteen games. Ultimately, the club would finish in eleventh place, however, Pearson would remain with Hull City for only three more months, despite having the club a sole point away from the playoffs. November 15 saw Pearson introduced as the manager of Leicester City, again.

With a recent leadership change, the new Leicester City owner would appoint Pearson. Pearson’s tenure began well, despite a loss at the Hull City team he had left only weeks prior. His return to Leicester City would ultimately end with the club finishing in ninth-place in the Championship. His second season in charge would see the team show patches of poor form amongst an overall good season culminating in second place. The team won the first leg of the semi-final playoff against Watford but would lose after a missed penalty late in the game. The 2013-2014 season would be one of Pearson’s greatest achievements during which he would win the Championship and secure promotion to the Premier League. The 2014-2015 season would see the club safely into another season of the Premier League by finishing in fourteenth place. However, just over a month later Pearson would be sacked with the club statement indicating that “the working relationship between Nigel and the Board was no longer viable”. That season, Leicester City (who started with 5000-1 odds) would win the Premier League, several players and journalists gave Pearson credit for assembling the league winning team.

In May 2016, Pearson would return to the Championship as manager on a three-year deal, however, he was suspended by the club on September 27. It was later revealed that Pearson had taken issue with the club owner’s use of drones to oversee practices. Only a short time later, Pearson would depart the club, with the team in 20th place.

2017 saw Pearson join Oud-Heverlee Leuven in of the Belgian second tier. In his inaugural season, the club would finish in third place for both the opening tournament (first half) and the closing tournament (second half) of the season. Although Pearson’s side would finish second in the aggregate table, only the winners of the opening and closing tournaments compete in the playoff for promotion. In his second season, the team would fall to sixth place in the opening tournament and Pearson would be dismissed with the club in a poor position in the closing tournament.

In December 2019, Pearson was appointed as the third Watford manager of the season following two sacked managers in Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores.

David Moyes
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West Ham United:

Moyes was unveiled on December 29, 2019, as the successor to Manuel Pellegrini, who had been Moyes successor at West Ham. He is the only Scottish manager currently in the Premier League.

He began his career as a centerback with an Icelandic youth team, IBV, before joining Celtic. Despite being a part of Celtic for three years he would manage only 24 appearances for the first team. Shortly thereafter, he would move to Cambridge United where he would appear far more regularly over the next three seasons. In 1985, Moyes would move to Bristol City where he’d make a similar number for starts, over the same timeframe. 

In 1987 he would join Shrewsbury Town where he would make just shy of 100 appearances. After Shrewsbury he would move to Hamilton Academical in Scotland for a handful of appearances before moving to Preston North End. Preston North End would be the longest and most successful (by appearances) spot in his career as a professional player. It was also at Preston North End where Moyes would begin his managerial career.

Moyes had been being groomed as a coach from a very young age having completed several coaching courses. He was appointed manager after Gary Peters was removed from the club in January 1998 with the club in danger of relegation. Moyes guided the club to safety and one season later he would have them challenging in the playoffs, although they would lose to Gillingham in the 1998-1999 season. Moyes guided the team to a Division Two title in the 1999-2000 and his success continued into the next season when he guided them into the playoffs without substantial changes. On the back of these successes, he would sign a new five-year contract, although he would only remain for one before leaving for Everton.

Moyes was appointed the manager of Everton in March of 2002. Despite the club’s poor position upon his appointment, he was able to avoid relegation. In his first full season with the club, Moyes brought several players in and was able to secure a 7th place finish. During this time, prolific striker, Wayne Rooney, transitioned from the Everton youth side to the first team at only age sixteen. In the 2003-2004 season, the Toffees succumbed to a much different fate, securing 39 points throughout the season finishing just above the relegation line. Things seemed bleak for the club as their leading scorer for the season was sold to Manchester United for $42M. 

Upon Rooney’s departure, Moyes would bring in Australian-national Tim Cahilll, who would immediately fill (and exceed) the number of goals that Rooney had provided. The 2004-2005 would see the team finish in fourth-place and secure a Champions League berth. Despite their high finish, they would conclude the season with a negative goal differential. With their Champions League qualification, the Toffees would be busy during the offseason adding Simon Davies, and Phil Neville, among others.

The 2005-2006 season would see Everton return to a midtable finish in the domestic league and their Champions League tenure would fizzle out in the Third Qualifying round. The negative goal differential would also widen considerably from the prior year’s finish. The summer transfer window would see the signing of American Tim Howard (initially on loan) and then-record signing Andrew Johnson from recently-relegated Crystal Palace.

The 2006-2007 season would see the club improve to a 6th-place finish in the league and (by virtue of other cup winners) they would earn a spot in the precursor to the Europa League. The club would continue to strengthen during the summer window by adding Everton-greats Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines, who would go on to surpass 300 league appearances for the club.

The 2007-2008 season would see the club climb as high as the fourth position before settling for the fifth position in the table. The team would also reach the semi-finals of the League Cup and quarterfinal elimination in what would become the Europa League. This summer transfer window would bring Marouane Fellaini and Louis Saha to Everton, but their league position would remain the same.

The 2009-2010 season would see Everton’s league position return to an eighth-place finish and relatively disappointing finishes in their other appearances. The 2010-2011 season would only a marginal improvement in their final position at seventh. The 2011-2012 season would see Everton repeat their position in the Premier League, while also managing a semi-final finish in the FA Cup. In his final season with Everton, he would lead the club to a sixth-place finish before leaving to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as the manager at Manchester United.

Moyes time at Manchester United would begin by winning the Community Shield in his first season. Despite the bright start, the Moyes-led Manchester team would find themselves in a disappointing finish. After winning the Premier League the previous season, Moyes was only able to guide the team to seventh place before he was fired with four games remaining in the 2013-2014 season.

David Moyes would begin his next role at Real Sociedad in November of 2014 with a task to help the club avoid relegation. Moyes began a very successful vein of form, before eventually cooling to a twelfth place finish. Moyes would only last until November of the 2014-2015 season after poor results led to his sacking. 

In 2016, Moyes was announced as the newest Sunderland manager after the dismissal of Sam Allardyce. Moyes tenure with the club would be unextraordinary with the club ultimately being relegated. Moyes was also the center of a few controversial incidents during this time. 

In November of 2017, Moyes would begin his next managerial role at West Ham United. Despite being placed at the helm of a team in a relegation position, he was able to guide the team to safety. However, despite this accomplishment, he was not offered a new contract and would leave the club in May 2018. In a surprising turn of events, Moyes would find himself back at the helm in less than eighteen months. 

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Wolverhampton Wanderers:

Nuno Espírito Santo is one of the two Portuguese 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. In the 2018-2019, Santo expertly guided the team far from relegation, instead, finishing seventh in the top division. 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.

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