Premier League: Why are there more Spanish coaches in the Premier League?

The ‘Spanish’ surprise took place on the Premier League benches at Elland Road. The Englishman Michael Skopala, the interim coach after the dismissal of Jesse Marsh, left his place Javi Grace at Leeds Unitedmaking Spanish coaches the majority in this Premier League.

“It’s a nice experience in a young team with the desire to do things well. We have three months to work on it and with a bit of discipline and confidence we can improve. 10 games without winning is a lot, but I see a positive atmosphere. Let’s see if we can find the key and, with a bit of luck, change this dynamicThe coach, who has returned to the Premier League after his time at Watford (2018-19), told MARCA and that he would have until the end of the season to save the “white team”.

It’s a nice experience in a young team with a desire to do things well. We have three months to work on it and with a bit of discipline and confidence we can improve

Javi Gracia, the new Leeds coach, told MARCA

With Gracia, there are already six Spanish coaches in the 2022-23 Premier League. An unprecedented tournament record in which the “Spanish” coaches lead the blows. They are the ones who “outpace” the English, have only four representatives (Potter (Chelsea), Dice (Everton), Howe (Newcastle) and O’Neill (Bournemouth), then come the Italians (two with De Zerby (Brighton) and Conte (Tottenham) and a long list of The Dutch (Ten Hag (United)), the German (Club (Liverpool), the Portuguese (Silva (Fulham)), the French (Vieira (Palace) … and so on, up to 11 different nationalities in their booths.

26 Spanish players, 4.9% of the premiers

It has been a reality for many years of a multicultural and international league, with owners from all over the world: only three teams (Brighton, Brentford and Tottenham) are governed by local capital and there are American, Saudi, Emirati, Chinese and Thai owners. … in the rest of the 17 clubs. And on the grass, the trend is the same. There are players from five continents, only 31.3% are English. 62 nationalities are fighting with their boots in the prime minister. Of these “soldiers” 26 are Spaniards (7.1% of foreigners and 4.9% of the total). There are only more Brazilians (34) and French (29). They are on the podium in terms of the number of foreign football players, but they take the gold on the benches, as they make up 30% of the coaches.

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) and Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) have started the season fighting for the title. Before the World Cup they were relegated Unai Emery and Julen Lopetegui To change the dynamics of Aston Villa and Wolverhampton… and they did it with notice. And Javi Gracia has taken up the challenge of saving Leeds. A battle in which he, too, is immersed Robin Sales as interim coach of Southampton. Valenciennes has already made its mark… the win at Chelsea (0-1)!

But why are there more Spanish coaches than English coaches in the premier? Colin Miller, a journalist from “The Mirror” explains in detail some of the reasons. “There is a lot of admiration and respect for the Spanish coaches in England for their style of play and leadership. In addition, communication has improved a lot. They offer English lessons because their idea is to work in the premier,” explains a professional who also sees “good business” in his signature .

Spanish trainers are shown by owners with less risk than English trainers. They are not that expensive and have more experience. It’s a perfect combination

Colin Millar, journalist for The Mirror

“English clubs admire La Liga’s successes in Europe and want more possession of the football, playing from the back… rather than the direct, long plays in the traditional English style. In addition, the owners consider them less dangerous than the English. They are not that expensive and have more experience. “It’s the perfect combination,” says Millar. One piece of information exemplifies this commitment to foreign (currently Spanish) coaches: no English coach has won the Premier League, being the last domestic coach to lift the league title by Howard Wilkinson (Leeds) in 1992, before the start of a new “era” in England.

Without a champion, the English premier

Since then, as many as four Italians (Conte, Ranieri, Ancelotti and Mancini) have won the title of Scottish (Ferguson), French (Wenger), Spanish (Guardiola), Portuguese (Mourinho), German (Klopp) … New times in “football” stop Miguel Angel Lira, League Two Walsall Academy ManagerThey prefer the “Spanish” landing on the prime minister’s seats.

Among the factors is that the Spanish coach is more methodical, more detail oriented and planning matters. They are highly qualified and in the Premier League where there are more and more European players and fewer English players, the Spanish mentality fits in better. Because of the high economic level, footballers come from all countries and there are fewer and fewer Englishmen. Many coaches I know come here to train, learn, listen and improve their level of English so there is no shortage of language that holds some clubs back,” says Lira, who highlights the way coaches adapt to the league.

Now is the time for Spanish coaches to be in the premiership. His mentality fits better than the English in a league with more foreign footballers

Miguel Angel Lira, Walsall Academy Principal

“Football in England is changing since Guardiola’s arrival. Teams are trying to play more with touch and passing. Some clubs have tried to emulate it and in this context, the Spanish coach would be better off. Now is the time for Spanish coaches to be in the premiership. They are betting more and more on them and it affects that Lopetegui, Emery and Celes (the last to face English first-division teams) are doing very well. His adaptability is also essential: the Spanish coach is more flexible and knows how to adapt to different forms of play and philosophies that are more difficult for the English.”

From Benitez to Gracia

Since Rafa Benitez arrived at Liverpool in 2004, until 13 Spanish coaches (Guardiola, Roberto Martinez, Arteta, Emery, Gracia, Quique Sanchez Flores, Juande Ramos, Karanka, Pepe Mel, Julen Lopetegui, Exesco Muñoz, Ruben Celis and Rafa himself) They have gone through the Premier League in which they have managed 15 different teams (Arsenal, Chelsea, Watford, Tottenham, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Everton, Wigan, City, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Leeds and Southampton). A dream destination for many.

The Premier League is the league we all want to be in or have the chance to live in at some point

Julen Lopetegui, Wolverhampton coach

“I wanted to go to the prime minister, nowhere. It’s the league we all want to be in or have the chance to live in at some point. It is an exceptional tournament, incredibly well organized, with a global presence and economic capacity beyond any other competition. There is an amazing internal organization in all teams.” Explained in Marca Lopetegui After arriving at the “wolves”. Spanish is the official language of the Cabinet. Made in Spain success.

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