Lack of top jobs for British managers: Hughes

LONDON • Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has no doubt that British managers are not winning major competitions only because the top jobs in England do not come their way.

The Welshman won 15 trophies as a player but success has proved much more elusive since he took over managerial roles.

"As a manager, it's more difficult," the former Manchester United player told reporters.

"There's a debate around British managers and the opportunities they have. If you look over the years, the top jobs in this country haven't really become available.

"At Manchester United, Sir Alex (Ferguson) was there for a long time, (Frenchman) Arsene Wenger's still (at Arsenal).

"Chelsea don't appoint British managers and Manchester City was an opportunity which unfortunately was taken away from me.

"A lot of foreign managers are able to build their CVs domestically, so when people look, they can say they've won Cups and leagues - for British managers, that is a bit more difficult."

Scotsmen Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish are the only British managers to win the Premier League title.

Dutchman Louis van Gaal is now at the Old Trafford helm, Chilean Manuel Pellegrini is in charge at City, while German Juergen Klopp succeeded Briton Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.

Hughes aside, Alan Pardew, Eddie Howe, Steve McClaren, Alex Neil, and Sam Allardyce represent the other British Premier League managers.

With Stoke set to face Liverpool in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final clash yesterday, Hughes said he was ready to lead the club to his first Cup final as a manager.

He failed to progress in three previous semi-finals, all with Blackburn Rovers. He also took City to the last four of the League Cup but could not take charge of it because he got sacked.

"I haven't been able to make that last step into finals and as a manager, I'd love to get some silverware next to my name," said the 52-year-old. "Hopefully, in the future, these are the games we expect to be involved in.

"It's a big challenge against these big teams, but something we are doing well at."

On Saturday, Stoke hope to begin another Cup run when they take on second-tier side Doncaster Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 06, 2016, with the headline 'Lack of top jobs for British managers: Hughes'. Print Edition | Subscribe