A League of Nations – Part 2

Foreign players dominate English football. But what about foreign managers? While four of the top five teams in the previous Premier League season had foreign managers – Arsène Wenger (Arsenal), José Mourinho (Chelsea), Rafael Benítez (Liverpool) and Martin Jol (Tottenham) – only one of the other 87 teams in the English League system had a non British or Irish manager.

Roberto Martínez is the manager of Swansea City in League One. The Spanish midfielder played for his home town team CF Balaguer in the Spanish third division before he was transfered to Wigan in July 1995. He made 180 appearances for Wigan before he moved to Scottish Motherwell on a free transfer. He only played 16 games in Scotland before he moved to Walsall for a short period before Swansea. He played 122 games for Swansea in two periods between 2003 and 2007. He took over as manager of Swansea in February 2007 and finished his first season in charge with seven wins and three draws in the final 12 games.

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