Who is the Best Football Manager in Yorkshire?
The county of Yorkshire can boast a fair few sons who have gone on to footballing legend as club managers.
One of the game’s greatest modernisers, Rotherham-born Herbert Chapman took Huddersfield Town to two first division titles and an FA cup, then later repeated the success at Arsenal in the 1930s. Both Brian Clough and Don Revie were born in the North Riding in Middlesbrough and went on to enjoy huge successes at Derby, Nottingham Forest (Clough) and Leeds United (Revie). Sheffield-born Howard Wilkinson remains the last English manager to win the top league, achieving this success with Leeds in 1992.
Most Yorkshire-based managers currently look fairly secure in their roles, although in the managerial rat race, you’re never too far away from a crisis. If you want to check out the bookmakers for latest odds and good offers then you can use this 1xbet mirror link by Betenemy.
Out of the current crop of Yorkshire-based managers, which ones are likely to go on and be remembered as favourite sons (or adopted sons) of the county? We look at the current crop and give our verdict…
Chris Wilder at Sheffield United
Already a Blades legend, lifelong fan Chris Wilder’s transformation of the steel city club’s fortunes is little short of a footballing miracle. Taking over in May 2016 with the club floundering and penniless in League One, he revitalised the team, led them to two promotions in three years and, in the current 2019-20 season has taken Sheffield United to the dizzy heights of sixth in the Premier League and in with a shout of European football. Without doubt, Sheffield-born Wilder is the standout Yorkshire manager of recent years.
Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United
Feted by huge managerial names such as Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone, the so-called High Priest of the High Press has transformed perennial ‘sleeping giants’ Leeds United into the most attractive footballing side outside the Premier League. Closely missing out on promotion to the Premier League in his first season in charge, the club are well-placed to go one better in 2020. Under Bielsa, Leeds have their best chance of returning to the Premier League in 15 years.
Garry Monk at Sheffield Wednesday
After flattering to deceive as manager of Leeds, where the side finished seventh in 2017 after a long period in the play-off positions, Garry Monk subsequently had an underwhelming spell at Middlesbrough, before an impressive stint under severe financial restrictions at Birmingham City saw his profile rise again. Sheffield Wednesday employed him in 2019 and he has since taken the club into the Championship play-off positions. In a rollercoaster league, does he have the managerial nous to keep the Owls flying high?
Grant McCann at Hull City
Still only 39, former Northern Ireland international Grant McCann is already on to his third managerial position with Hull City after spells at Peterborough and Doncaster, His one-year rolling contract might threaten instability, but he’s turned Hull into a competitive Championship outfit in a short space of time, with the team currently just 6 points outside the play-off positions. The jury’s out at the moment, but if he gets time, McCann could give the Tigers back their bite.
Danny Cowley at Huddersfield Town
It’s been a tough time for the Terriers since relegation from the Premier League and the failure of David Wagner replacement Jan Siewert. But Danny Cowley was talked about as one of the country’s most exciting managerial prospects during his successful spell with Lincoln City – and the early signs at Town are good – watch this space.
Gerhard Struber at Barnsley
Austrian Struber has only been in charge of the Tykes since November and he has a tough proposition to keep the team in the Championship for the 20-21 season. Virtually unknown outside of Austria, Barnsley fans will be hoping this is a gamble that pays off.