The Established Maestros
There are a few Scottish bosses in the Premier League who have been around for a long time now. First and foremost is the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson with 12 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups and 2 Champions League wins to his name amongst a host of other awards. The evergreen Scot still possesses a special aura and continues to ingrain success into Manchester United.
Kenny Dalglish, another seasoned Premier League manager, injected life into Liverpool’s flagging season last season and has spent big this season to return a feel-good factor to Anfield with British personnel. Expectations are high for the Reds this season but there is every chance Dalglish will succeed such is his undying popularity with the club and its fans.
Amongst the Evertonians, David Moyes is highly regarded. Since rescuing them from a relegation scrap he has gone on to achieve consistent respectable Premier League finishes with one of the tightest budgets across the top divisions in Europe. Had it not been for Everton’s regular slow start in the league, they could well be a top European club by now.
The Steady Soldiers
At long last Bolton are starting to look good again thanks to Owen Coyle‘s stewardship. As we witnessed at Burnley, Coyle likes his team to play attractive football and he has Bolton playing an enlightened mix of good passing with a touch of long ball to Kevin Davies. He’s an excellent man manager and uses the transfer market well.
Alex McLeish’s arrival at Aston Villa this summer sparked almighty controversy amongst both sets of fans but there is no denying he is an established Premier League manager. He has suffered relegation yes, but has a reputation for building solid sides who shut out the opposition. His League Cup winning side at Birmingham was a good side and it was absolutely startling to see them relegated.
Among the rising Scottish managers in the Premier League is Paul Lambert. Anyone doubting this man’s abilities should be careful. Back to back promotions is a huge feat of which he and everyone connected with Norwich can be rightly proud of. He is a decent tactician and a good man manager. He shows no signs of changing his methods as he has put his faith in young or unproven players to keep his club in the top division and there will be no surprises if his eye for a talent is proven right yet again.
Finally, Steve Kean has a big job to do at Blackburn Rovers. He has not been in management long, but he seems typically bullish and defiant whilst facing the media and calm and conservative when talking with his players. The uncertainty surrounding the hierarchy at Blackburn makes his job very difficult but there’s no doubt he will remain committed and determined to succeed.
Scottish managers make up over a quarter of the nationalities managing Premier League clubs. Will we see common traits or styles from them this season? Will we see a Scot relegated?
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