Who are the promising, innovative managers in the lower divisions of English league football?

Discussion in 'Football Forum' started by Fortitude, Dec 21, 2017.

  1. Dec 21, 2017

    Fortitude TV/Monitor Expert Scout

    Jul 10, 2004
    Inside right
    It's a fair statement to say that the PL is like a carousel of on-off jumps from the same set of managers to each lower to mid-end club job that becomes available. At the top-end of the league, clubs import and don't give British managers a sniff (Moyes will have set that back even further), but the question is: are there any promising, innovative managers lighting up the lower leagues who look like they have it in them to come up to PL level and basically revolutionise the thinking of chairmen across the carousel clubs to stop employing the same names ad infinitum and instead take their chances with new, fresh-faced helmsmen who can move the lower clubs from an almost institutionalised structure of hiring and firing the same old, same old?

    If you can name any, could you also state what's so innovative and good for English football as a whole in what they're doing?

    The only lower league football I watch is the Championship playoffs or the club(s) who have our most promising talent on loan. The latter hasn't happened in an age, and the playoffs are but once a season, so I have no frame of reference for lower league achievements or innovations and I'm curious as to whether there are any gems down there being denied a chance to usher in a new age for the lower half of the PL.
  2. Dec 21, 2017

    DannyCAFC Full Member

    Aug 7, 2014
    Charlton Athletic
    Probably fairly easy to say given they are top of the Championship and have great resources but Nuno's doing a fine job at Wolves. More so than anything, I think he's developing a tactical style that will suit them well in the PL assuming they 1. actually get promoted and 2. continue to invest in the desired quality.

    Lower league football more so than not tends to be a game of more constrained philosophy IMO, there's a lot more second-ball type football played than you see in the PL. Wolves are playing a 3-4-3 however with Nuno putting an emphasis on ball retention and free-flowing possession football. Marauding wing-backs, a focal ST with two roaming, creative wide-forwards around him, a double-pivot midfield and he's even converted a CM (Conor Coady) to play his middle centre-back role in order to have somebody who can ping raking long passes from this position and step out with the ball in to midfield.

    Other than him, you'd have to say Chris Wilder at Sheffield United and Lee Johnson at Bristol City are doing pretty good jobs and should be amongst those short-listed for PL jobs soon if they continue, considering their respective ages.
  3. Dec 21, 2017

    12OunceEpilogue Full Member

    Oct 2, 2016
    Triggered :mad:

    On Chris Wilder it's interesting he's portrayed very much as a no-nonsense manager in this Guardian article but he's won game after game, looking at successive promotions which though not unprecedented is a fine achievement.

    According to the article Wilder and his team have studied City's near post running and try to emulate it with his forwards, but all the way through the piece he is at pains to say he 'simplifies the game' and is 'looking to create an environment' rather than being some coaching genius. You could easily look at him as another blood 'n' guts British coach who has got a good group of players playing well together but for now it seems to suit all parties over at Sheffield United.