Harry Redknapp, Lee Clark and Steve Kean all managed in England before leaving for pastures new abroad – and Brinkwire sport has taken a look at seven managers who left for obscure roles
For most managers, the allure of the English Premier League is the pinnacle of coaching.
From perching in the iconic Anfield dugouts to pacing the historic touchlines of Old Trafford, the opportunity to manage in the most watched league in world football is a role that only a select few ever experience.
Though with success hard to come by in the management industry, sometimes it doesn’t quite work out at the top of the English game. Sometimes success is better found further afield.
In today’s world of multi-cultures and globalisation, many managers have found themselves ditching the English game for positions in more exotic countries with emerging leagues such as Australia, China and India.
However, for others, management has taken them to even more remote locations across the globe.
We take a look at those who couldn’t quite cut it in English football and were left to take a less-trodden managerial path in some of the wildest and wackiest places going.
One of the more recent names to ply his trade off the managerial beaten track was former Huddersfield and Birmingham boss Lee Clark, who rocked up at Sudanese club Al-Merrikh in March of this year.
Clark described the opportunity to work in North Africa as ‘different’ and ‘exciting’, however that enthusiasm would soon fall by the wayside.
A mere three months after his unveiling, Clark resigned in June, bringing an end to his brief stint in Sudan which included a 3-0 defeat in the CAF Champions League to Tanzanian side Simba, a result he blamed on ‘sabotage’.
Former Blackburn boss Kean enjoyed a far more successful stint over in Brunei where he guided DPMM FC to the Singapore Cup and delivered a first ever Singapore S.League title in 2015.
The Scot earned the much-coveted honour of the S.League’s Coach of the Year in the same year and success at club level led an appointment as head coach of the Brunei national team for the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification tournament in Laos.
Following his four-year stint in Brunei, which involved him working closely with the nation’s royal family, Kean has since tried his hand at coaching over in Australia.
Which of these is the most obscure country to manage in? Let us know what you think in. Brinkwire presents summary news.