Ex-Fulham boss follows former Blackurn coach to head abroad

Former Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez has become the latest British manager to move abroad in search of success.

With an influx of foreign managers throughout English football, a number of notable names are heading out of Britain in order to further their careers. Famously, former England boss Steve McClaren moved to Twente after failing to take the Three Lions to Euro 2008, and rejuvenated his career in the Eredivisie.

Former Premier League managers Peter Reid and Bryan Robson moved into international management with Thailand, whilst Bob Houghton has recently left his post as India manager after a long stint there.

This is a recurring trend, and Sanchez is the latest to ditch British football for a crack further ashore. Once the man behind Northern Ireland's giantkillings in the mid-2000's, Sanchez has seen his career stall after failed spells with Fulham and Barnet, which has led him to being appointed the new manager of Greek Super League side Apollon Smyrni. The newly promoted side are currently in the bottom three, and Sanchez has been appointed in a bid to achieve survival at the first time of asking.

Sanchez is joined by another Englishman in Greece, as former Nepal, India, Malawi and Sudan boss Stephen Constantine takes up the role as his assistant manager after recent jobs in Cyprus. Whilst Constantine has never managed in England, he has had roles with Bournemouth and Millwall, but at 51 years old, you have to wonder whether he will ever get a chance to become a manager in Britain.

One man who hasn't let that prospect faze him is Stuart Baxter, who has managed in Sweden, Norway, Portugal and Japan, as well as taking charge of South Africa and Finland at international level. The 60 year old has had just one role in England, which was to oversee the Under 19 team from 2002 to 2004, and he currently manages South African side Kaizer Chiefs. Under Baxter's guidance, Kaizer Chiefs won the South African Premier League last season, and are just five points off top spot this term.

In a similar move to McClaren, former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has attempted to resurrect his managerial career by moving to Singapore with S. League side Brunei DPMM. Kean was a much maligned figure at Ewood Park, and the hostility shown by Rovers fans towards the Scot may have ruined his chances of making a career in England. Ironically, having campaigned for months to get Kean sacked, Rovers have struggled since he departed, despite Kean guiding Rovers to second in the table at the time of his departure. It will be difficult for him to attract much interest out in Singapore, and it may ultimately be one big pay day for the 46 year old.

And now for a familiar face in British football. Former Sheffield United, Leeds United and Middlesbrough striker Brian Deane is taking his first steps into the world of management in Norway with Sarpsborg. Just a fortnight ago, Deane took to Twitter to express his delight at keeping the club in the top flight, and with a strong desire to have more black managers in the Football League, it would be great to see Deane continue his development in Norway in a bid to break into the British game.

It's a road less travelled for English managers, but with more and more being gradually pushed out by an increase in foreign managers coming to England, it seems they are more than willing to try their hand abroad. From resurrecting careers to being introduced to management, there are plenty of managers who will benefit from experiencing other styles of football in different countries – with the end goal, hopefully, to improve the British game.

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