English managers on the rise

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Charlton boss Lee Bowyer said the return to fitness of midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey is like having a new signing.

After years of complaining there are not enough English managers being given a chance, a new crop of home-grown tacticians are starting to shine.

We take a look at three of the new generation of English bosses who could be pushing for some of the big jobs in the future.

Chris Wilder

Having caught the eye with his efforts at Northampton Town, Chris Wilder has worked wonders in his current role at Sheffield United.

Wilder turned the Cobblers from a side in danger of relegation in League Two, to a club that secured promotion to League One back in 2015 with an impressive 99 points.

His efforts in the East Midlands were of course going to attract plenty of admirers and the Blades came calling in May 2016 for his services.

A chance to move to his boyhood club was always going to be a dream destination, and the manager has become a hero in the Steel City for taking the South Yorkshire back to the Premier League.

Many wondered how United would fare back in the top flight but, so far at least, they can hold their heads up high as the went into the international break in 10th place with five points from their first four games.

Well-organised and tough to break down, Sheffield United are unlikely to be blown away by many teams this season.

It’s a long and hard season ahead for the Blades but Wilder has certainly established himself as an emerging manager who has a bright future ahead of him.

Lee Bowyer

Another man who has cut his teeth in the lower leagues, Lee Bowyer has made a superb start to his managerial career with Charlton Athletic.

After securing promotion from League One last season, the Addicks are back in the Championship and flying under Bowyer’s leadership.

Unbeaten in the competition after six games, Charlton find themselves in second place in the table going into the international break.

Bowyer has put an emphasis on fitness in his squad and the Addicks have shown they are threat right through the 90 minutes and beyond.

It will be interesting to see if Charlton can maintain their position in the top six, especially with some of their rivals, the likes of Fulham and West Brom, starting to find form.

Either way, Bowyer has been a success at The Valley already and should be in the running when clubs in the Premier League search for a fresh face.

Graham Potter

The new Brighton manager Graham Potter went on a different route to many when it comes to his career in the dugout but his time abroad has certainly paid off.

A workmanlike defender as a player, turning out largely for several Midlands clubs, Potter then made his name in Sweden as manager of Ostersund, before eventually catching the eye of Championship outfit Swansea City.

Three promotions in Sweden and victory in the Svenska Cupen were enough for the Swans to take a chance and once again Potter impressed.

It was not long before the Seagulls came calling and now the 44-year-old is where he wants to be – in the Premier League.

Brighton could face a battle to avoid the drop this season but Potter has started to have an influence on the team and they should be good enough to avoid relegation, all things considered.

That would be another feather in the cap of Potter who, like Wilder and Bowyer, looks to be another Englishman destined for good things and a long-term future in the managerial world.

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