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Where Have All Our Winners Gone?

A big slight on David Moyes on his appointment as Manchester United manager, and indeed for  few years now, is that he hasn’t won anything. Manuel Pellegrini is tipped for the role in the blue half of the city, but a cloud over him is he’s never won anything as a manager in European football.

But then that got me to thinking, how many managers that we know will be in their jobs come kick off for the 2013-14 season have actually won something? And how many of our trophy winning managers are actually working in the Premier League still?

The answer to my first question is FOUR. Only two have won major titles in this country too, with these TWO being the answer to my second question.

Of the 16 managers we know will be in charge in the Premier League next year, only four have won trophies in their career. A few others have won promotions, but that’s about it.

Of the 30 leagues and cups won in England in the last decade, only Arsene Wenger who seems immovable at Arsenal and Michael Laudrup in his first year at Swansea are still working in the Premier League. One and a half (not sure exactly what Dalglish’s situation is) have retired, two are out in Eastern Europe and two guided their clubs down to the Championship this year. There are two at top European clubs who’ve been adding to their honours lists whilst they’ve been away, though it isn’t clear if they will still be where they are come next season. But, there are five currently out of work managers that have won trophies in the last ten years.

We live in a footballing landscape apparently obsessed with getting results right now, so why are there so few winners in the richest league in the football world? This is a questions I can’t answer, but if you can, let me know.

*Now, all of this is written with the caveat that the conclusions are sure to change once the expected return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea is confirmed, but for now he isn’t there so it doesn’t count! We also don’t know who will be at Everton or Manchester City, and are unsure over who will be the 20th team in the division (though the managers of Watford and Crystal Palace have no major honours to their name).

2013-14 Premier League Managers & Major Honours (at time of writing 15 May 2013)

  • Arsenal – Arsene Wenger – Premier League x3, FA Cup x4, Community Shield x4, French League, French Cup
  • Aston Villa – Paul Lambert
  • Cardiff City – Malky Mackay
  • Chelsea – Vacant
  • Everton – Vacant
  • Fulham – Martin Jol – Dutch Cup x2
  • Hull City – Steve Bruce
  • Liverpool – Brendan Rogers
  • Manchester City – Vacant
  • Manchester United – David Moyes
  • Newcastle United – Alan Pardew
  • Norwich City – Chris Hughton
  • Southampton – Mauricio Pochettino
  • Stoke City – Tony Pulis
  • Sunderland – Paolo Di Canio
  • Swansea City – Michael Laudrup – League Cup, Danish League, Danish Cup x2, Danish Super Cup
  • Tottenham Hotspur – Andre Villas-Boas – Portuguese League, Portuguese Cup, Portuguese Super Cup, Europa League
  • West Bromwich Albion – Steve Clarke
  • West Ham United – Sam Allardyce

 

Premier League

2013 – Manchester United – Sir Alex Ferguson (retired)
2012 – Manchester City – Roberto Mancini (unemployed)
2011 – Manchester United – Sir Alex Ferguson (retired)
2010 – Chelsea – Carlo Ancelotti (Paris Saint-Germain)
2009 – Manchester United – Sir Alex Ferguson (retired)
2008 – Manchester United – Sir Alex Ferguson (retired)
2007 – Manchester United – Sir Alex Ferguson (retired)
2006 – Chelsea – Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid*)
2005 – Chelsea – Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid*)
2004 – Arsenal – Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

FA Cup

2013 – Wigan Athletic – Roberto Martinez (Wigan Athletic – Championship)
2012 – Chelsea – Roberto Di Matteo (unemployed)
2011 – Manchester City – Roberto Mancini (unemployed)
2010 – Chelsea – Carlo Ancelotti (Paris Saint-Germain)
2009 – Chelsea – Guus Hiddink (Anzhi Makhachkala – Russia)
2008 – Portsmouth – Harry Redknapp (Queens Park Rangers – Championship)
2007 – Chelsea – Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid*)
2006 – Liverpool – Rafael Benitez (unemployed)
2005 – Arsenal – Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)
2004 – Manchester United – Sir Alex Ferguson (retired)

League Cup

2013 – Swansea City – Michael Laudrup (Swansea City)
2012 – Liverpool – Kenny Dalglish (unemployed/retired)
2011 – Birmingham City – Alex McLeish (unemployed)
2010 – Manchester United – Sir Alex Ferguson (retired)
2009 – Manchester United – Sir Alex Ferguson (retired)
2008 – Tottenham Hotspur – Juande Ramos (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)
2007 – Chelsea – Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid*)
2006 – Manchester United – Sir Alex Ferguson (retired)
2005 – Chelsea – Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid*)
2004 – Middlesborough – Steve McClaren (unemployed)

European Trophies

2013 – Chelsea – Rafael Benitez – Europa League (unemployed)
2012 – Chelsea – Roberto Di Matteo – Champions League (unemployed)
2008 – Manchester United – Sir Alex Ferguson – Champions League (retired)
2005 – Liverpool – Rafael Benitez – Champions League (unemployed)

Original Article: Where have all our Winners gone?

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