Each season, the English Football League (EFL) sees some top managers take over the teams that play in the league. Some of these coaches not only impress in the EFL but go ahead to do so in the English Premier League (EPL) as well. In this post, we look at some top EPL managers who started in the EFL.
1. Chris Wilder – Sheffield United
Chris Wilder is the current manager of Sheffield United that plays in the Premier League. Chris is a former player of Sheffield, and his appointment was a return to a place he once called home. He took the team from League One, got them promoted to EFL Championship, and finally to the EPL last season. He continues to shush his critics with Sheffield, now chasing a top-four finish in the EPL.
2. Brendan Rodgers – Leicester City
Brendan Rodgers is known for all the good reasons; top of them is the revival of Leicester City this season. The team sits third in the EPL with sights set on European qualification next season. Rodgers made his name managing Swansea in the EFL Championship and getting them promoted to the EPL as the first-ever Welsh club to do so. He went on to be runners up in the EPL with Liverpool before he moved to Celtic and led them to an unbeaten domestic season.
3. Nuno Espirito Santo – Wolverhampton Wanderers
The former Porto goalkeeper who would later become their manager is a revelation to how effective the EFL Championship is when it comes to moulding top managers. Nuno joined Wolves from Porto and led them to promotion as EFL league winners. In their first season in the EPL, Wolves qualified for the Europa League and are now in the quarterfinals of the competition. Things are working out well in the EPL as the team sits sixth in the table.