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Bob Bradley becomes first American to manage in Premier League after joining Swansea City

After replacing Francesco Guidolin at the Swansea City helm, Bob Bradley has become the first North American to manage a Premier League club.

The 58-year-old – who coached the United States between 2006 and 2011 – was most recently in charge of French outfit Le Havre, and has also managed the Egypt national team.

Predictably, including caretakers, English bosses have dominated the League in terms of nationality, with 110 taking charge, while there have been 34 Scottish managers. 

Bob Bradley has become the first North American to manage a Premier League club

Bob Bradley has become the first North American to manage a Premier League club

The 58-year-old has replaced Italian Francesco Guidolin at the Swansea City helm

The 58-year-old has replaced Italian Francesco Guidolin at the Swansea City helm

PREMIER LEAGUE MANAGER NATIONALITIES 
NATION  MANAGERS 
England 110
Scotland 34
Italy 11
France 7
Holland  7
Northern Ireland 7
Republic of Ireland 7
Spain 7
Wales 7
Argentina 2
Croatia 2
Germany 2
Norway 2
Portugal 2
Sweden 2
Brazil 1
Chile 1
Denmark 1
Israel 1
Switzerland 1
Uruguay 1

No club has yet boasted a manager from Africa or Oceania, while there has been just one Asian boss – Israel’s Avram Grant, who took charge of Chelsea, Portsmouth and West Ham United.

Watford’s appointment of Walter Mazzarri in May consolidated Italy’s position as the third most prolific nation in providing managers to England’s top division since the Premier League’s inception in 1992 – he became the 11th, after Antonio Conte.

 

There have been seven managers apiece from France, Holland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Spain and Wales, before a myriad of nations lending two, and just one, of their countrymen to the League.

Given its proximity, and the large influx of players crossing the Channel to play in England’s top tier, it is perhaps surprising that Arsene Wenger, Claude Puel, Remi Garde, Gerard Houllier, Jean Tigana, Alain Perrin, Jacques Santini have been the only Frenchmen chosen to lead teams in the League over the past 24 years.

There has been just one Asian boss - Israel's Avram Grant, who took charge of three clubs

There has been just one Asian boss – Israel’s Avram Grant, who took charge of three clubs

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