Manager Watch: Rodgers & Sherwood leading charge of British bosses

Brendan Rodgers and Tim Sherwood are leading the charge of a new generation of top-class British managers.

Whoever said British football managers were in short supply?

Well, it was probably true when they said it... But not now. No, right now, several of the Premier League's leading lights are just that - British managers.

On top of the pile - and almost top of the table - is Brendan Rodgers, a Northern Irishman who came through the coaching ranks at Chelsea and is now presiding over Liverpool's best league season for many, many years.

The 41-year-old's coaching has been nothing short of phenomenal, while his man management has seen the likes of Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and more blossom into players many never imagined they could be.

But Rodgers, of course, is not alone. Just three places further down is Tim Sherwood at Tottenham - and he could have been a lot higher had he been at White Hart Lane all season. The Spurs coach certainly isn't the final product just yet, with many criticising his tactical nous and (arguably) simplistic style of football.

Yet for a man who hasn't even passed his coaching badges, nine wins in 16 isn't bad.

Again, good man management comes to the fore, with Sherwood restoring Emmanuel Adebayor to the first team, thereby restoring him to prominence. Even with the struggling Roberto Soldado, meanwhile, the Tottenham boss has remained patient and faithful. He was rewarded - at least on a small scale - yesterday when the Spaniard hit the winner against Cardiff.

The list, though, does not end there. A struggling Swansea City side were in freefall under Michael Laudrup earlier this season. Since Garry Monk has taken charge, however, they look a completely different prospect.

The same can be said for Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace, Steve Bruce at Hull City and even Sam Allardyce at West Ham, who has overcome immense criticism this season to completely turn the Hammers' fortunes around. And then there's the Championship, in which British managers preside over the top five teams...

Indeed, even if some may be struggling - Moyes at United, Hughton at Norwich - and even if many foreign coaches are still working their magic - Mourinho at Chelsea, Pellegrini at City, Martinez at Everton - the majority of British bosses are really starting to show their worth.

That's not to say English clubs shouldn't hire foreign coaches, of course. But at least now, finally, there is a real chance of succeeding if they choose not to.

Which British manager has impressed you the most this season?

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