That the English travel is well known. For centuries they traveled to work: colonize countries. For years they have been the kings of tourism. And there is not a corner of the planet in which an English expatriate does not live, the same teaching his language that working in finances, having drinks or whatever. However, few English footballers or coaches have gone to work for foreign teams. The most interesting case is that of Roy Hodgson , the current coach of London's Crystal Palace.
Hodgson, who will turn 74 in August, had a short and inconsequential career as a player, and a long and peculiar career as a coach. Quirky because he has coached 20 teams in eight different countries: Sweden, England, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Emirates, Norway and Finland. So much time abroad has made him a true polyglot: in addition to his native English, he speaks Swedish, German, Italian and French. Another exception in a country where very few speak languages because they have managed to get the whole world to speak theirs.
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Roy Hodgson is for short stays, if not extremely short , with a few exceptions. Which perhaps explains his rather diminished track record. He has mostly coached minor teams, but has also been at Inter (1995-97) and Liverpool (2010-11), and coached England between 2012 and 2016 . He has also guided Switzerland (1992-95), Emirates (2002-04) and Finland (2006-07). At Euro 2012, the England team were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Italy, at the 2014 World Cup they did not pass the group stage for the first time since 1958 and in 2016 they suffered a historic humiliation when they fell in the round of 32 against Iceland , which ended with his career as a coach.
Hodgson had returned from his long tour abroad in 2007 and since then has successively coached Fulham, Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, the aforementioned England and, since 2017, Palace. That further reinforces his category of exceptional coach because, if it is rare to find an Englishman training abroad, it is almost even rarer to find an Englishman training in the Premier. Right now, however, there is a more than acceptable figure: eight. At the end of the 2015-16 season, there were only three English coaches. And the arrival to the office of several recent figures of English football, such as John Terry (who is an assistant at Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (coaches Derby County, in Second), Steven Gerrard (just made Rangers Scottish champion, a decade later) or Frank Lampard, suggests that this trend will intensify.
However, the facts do not quite go in that direction. Lampard was fired from Chelsea at Christmas after just 18 months at the helm and despite his close relationship with the club's owner, Roman Abramovich. The Russian tycoon has always opted for foreign and famous coaches, a list that includes, among others, from Mourinho to Scolari, Hiddink, Ancelotti, Benítez, Conte, Sarri and, now, Tuchel. Things are not very different in the other greats of the Premier, with Guardiola at City , Klopp at Liverpool, Solskjaer at United, Mourinho at Spurs, Arteta at Arsenal …
The problem is that the eight coaches Englishmen from the Premier (there is also a Scotsman and a Northern Irishman) are in teams that have been run down, modest or very modest. Only one (Dean Smith, with Aston Villa) is currently in the top 10 of the table; the Palace is somewhat lower and, the other six, in the last six places
The reality is that no Englishman has ever won the Premier ( Alex Ferguson is Scottish!) and that of the last 75 great national trophies, only two They have been won by the English: the 2004 League Cup (Steve McClaren with Middlesbrough) and the 2008 Cup (Harry Rednapp with Portsmouth). But of course, if they never train a great, they can gain little …