Stuart Pearce picks his top 10 managers of the season; favours British candidates

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis is a surprise inclusion, alongside more conventional picks from Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

Stuart Pearce has named the Premier League and Championship's top 10 managers of the season.

While some of his selections could be expected - Slaven Bilic, Mauricio Pochettino and Claudio Ranieri all feature highly on Pearce's list - others were somewhat less predictable.

Speaking on TalkSPORT's Colin Murray show on Tuesday, the former England defender picked a top eight initially, before adding numbers nine and ten later on.

The merits of Ronald Koeman (Southampton), Russell Slade (Cardiff City), Steve Bruce (Hull City) and even Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) were all discussed, though none of them made the final cut.

And spare a thought for Watford's Quique Sanchez Flores, who was subbed out at the last minute, in favour of a manager from the division below.

Here's the final 10:

10) Gary Rowett (Birmingham City)

9) Mark Hughes (Stoke City)

8) Tony Pulis (West Bromwich Albion)

7) Eddie Howe (AFC Bournemouth)

6) Simon Grayson (Preston North End)

5) Chris Hughton (Brighton & Hove Albion)

=) Slaven Bilic (West Ham United)

=) Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur)

2) Sean Dyche (Burnley)

1) Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City)

After swapping Flores for Rowett, Pearce instructed chairmen to "do your homework" and "go homegrown".

The 53-year-old signed off: "Seven British managers, three foreign managers. If you're a chairman out there, for God's sake look at the stats. Do your homework - go homegrown.

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