FRANK LAMPARD’S imminent return to Chelsea will see him become the Blues’ first English boss since Glenn Hoddle in 1996.
But with Spaniard Unai Emery holding the reins at Arsenal and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the wheel with Man United, who were the last homegrown bosses at the Prem’s ‘top six’?
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is set to take the reins at Stamford Bridge[/caption]
Tim Sherwood (Tottenham 2013-14)
Remembered largely for his famous gilet, Sherwood was the last English manager at a top six club.
The former England midfielder was brought to White Hart Lane in 2008 by old boss Harry Redknapp in as an assistant, before being appointed technical director.
When head coach Andre Villas-Boas was given the boot in 2013, Sherwood was handed the reins temporarily.
His charisma and success saw Daniel Levy give Sherwood a chance with an 18-month contract.
That lasted less than five months when he was sacked for finishing sixth.
He left the role with an impressive 59.1 percent win rate, but the Spurs faithful won’t have been too bothered as Mauricio Pochettino was the man to replace him.
Two years ago, Sherwood said: “When the guy they have now took over from me, it wasn’t broken. It was a steady ship and he has now added to it.”
Tim Sherwood spent five months in charge at Tottenham after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked[/caption]
Roy Hodgson (Liverpool 2010-11)
Before Iceland, there was Anfield.
After travelling around the world, coaching clubs from Malmo to Inter Milan, Roy Hodgson’s brilliant work at West Brom earned him the manager’s job at Liverpool.
A month into the season, Hodgson’s side were knocked out of the League Cup by League Two minnows Northampton Town and also lost to newly-promoted Blackpool.
Liverpool were in the bottom three and rumours were already circling about Hodgson’s fate.
At the time Hodgson said: “It is insulting to suggest that because you move to a new club, your methods suddenly don’t work when they’ve held you in good stead for 35 years and made you one of the most respected coaches in Europe.”
He was sacked in January, having been given a three-year deal, and replaced by Kenny Dalglish.
Roy Hodgson endured a turbulent time at Liverpool in 2010-11[/caption]
Stuart Pearce (Man City 2005-07)
Like Sherwood, Pearce was brought to Manchester City as an assistant coach.
After ‘Psycho’ retired as a player in 2002 he moved into the dugout to help manager Kevin Keegan. But, in March 2005, Pearce replaced Keegan as caretaker.
He delivered wins against Liverpool and, after putting City on the verge of qualifying for the UEFA Cup, was given the job on a permanent basis.
Pearce remained in charge for the entirety of the 2006-07 season but was sacked on the final day as City finished 15th in the Prem.
Towards the final whistle of the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough, Pearce opted to play David James as a centre-forward and put midfielder Claudio Reyna in goal.
It was a fitting end to his time at the helm.
Early promise from Stuart Pearce petered out and he was sacked after one season[/caption]
Glenn Hoddle (Chelsea 1993-96)
Having been a legendary player at Stamford Bridge, Hoddle eased into life as Blues boss.
He began as a player-manager but left the boots behind in 1995 at the age of 34.
Hoddle had success in the tournaments, taking Chelsea to the FA Cup final in his first year at the helm and the semi-finals the following two years.
In the league, Hoddle’s team had less luck as they finished 11th in 1996.
But such impressive form in the cups saw Stamford Bridge become one of English football’s most attractive destinations.
Dutch legend Ruud Gullit arrived from Sampdoria and when Hoddle announced he was leaving for the England job it was Gullit who replaced him.
Glenn Hoddle was a huge success at Stamford Bridge which earned him the England job[/caption]
Don Howe (Arsenal 1983-86)
Howe was so loved at Highbury he spent two spells at the club.
His first role was as reserve team coach under Bertie Mee after retiring as a defender in 1966.
And when Dave Sexton left Arsenal to return to Chelsea, Howe was promoted to the first team.
He played a crucial role in the Gunners’ success of 1970-71 when they won ‘the double’ before leaving for West Brom.
Despite a poor stint with the Baggies, Howe was taken back by Arsenal as a coach under Terry Neill.
And when Neill was sacked in 1983, it was Howe who was put in the hot seat at Highbury.
Howe’s legacy as a coach with Arsenal was bringing through the likes of Tony Adams and Niall Quinn.
But a lack of trophies and low league finishes saw him resign in March 1986 with George Graham brought in as the replacement.
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Ron Atkinson (Man United 1981-86)
With two FA Cup titles to his name, ‘Big Ron’ had more success than any other names on this list.
United were also competitive under Atkinson’s guidance, remaining in the top four for five successive seasons.
League success looked likely in 1985 when they won all ten of their opening games of the season and were undefeated after 15.
But the second half of the season saw Atkinson’s United nosedive and Liverpool’s dominant side of the 80s win another title.
The axe finally fell in 1986 when United lost their opening three games of the season and were dumped out the Cup by Southampton in November.
Atkinson was replaced by an up-and-coming Scot called Alex Ferguson.