Eight English managers who have won league titles abroad, including Venables and McClaren

While an English manager has yet to win the title in the Premier League era, coaches from across the country have made an impact and won trophies abroad. Here’s Planet Sport’s top eight.

Wayne Rooney's appointment at DC United has swelled the number of English managers in MLS to four.

The former Derby County boss is viewing the move as a stepping stone to his ultimate dream of taking over at Old Trafford.

That appointment may still be some way down the line but a surefire way of improving his chances will be making a success of his time at Audi Field.

For while English managers are being outshone by their foreign counterparts on home soil, they have often been trailblazers away from our shores - and have the titles to prove it.

Here are eight English managers who have won titles abroad.

Jimmy Hogan

When football fans think of pioneers of the way the beautiful game is played, names like Johan Cryuff, Pep Guardiola, Arsene Wenger or even the late, great Herbert Chapman - the man who coined the famous 'WM' formation - are instantly conjured up.

However, buried in the history of Hungarian football of all places is Jimmy Hogan, a trailblazer of Total Football.

Born in Lancashire in 1882, Hogan had a journeyman career as a player and manager in England, but it was in his latter role in which he made his name.

The former Bolton and Burnley inside forward won five Hungarian top-flight titles before the Second World War and his work laid the foundation for the nation's 'Mighty Magyars' team in the 1950s.

After being negatively perceived back home for finding success abroad, his payback to the naysayers was complete when, in 1953, Hungary humbled England 6-3 in one of the international game's most historic matches.

Magyars manager Gustav Sebes said post-match at Wembley: "We played football as Jimmy Hogan taught us.

"When our football history is told, his name should be written in gold letters."

That praise alone, nevermind the five aforementioned titles and one Swiss Serie A, means Hogan is fully deserving of his place on this list.

Vic Buckingham

Another founding father of Total Football - a style based on passing patterns, movement and versatility - Buckingham only managed one title win abroad but left his imprint all over Europe.

The former Tottenham Hotspur wing-half had jobs in the Netherlands, in Spain with Barcelona and Sevilla as well as in Greece with giants Olympiacos.

However, his influence was most keenly felt at Ajax where he landed a 1960 Eredivisie title.

During his second spell at the club, he gave a 17-year-old Cruyff his debut to begin an iconic career, and the Dutch icon has spoken fondly about the Englishman, who died in 1995, many times since.

As a forefather to the modern greats, we might not hear much about Buckingham, but when you watch the top teams play football in the Total fashion, you're witnessing his dream as reality.

Malcolm Allison

Malcolm Allison Palace 1974

West Ham United's 'Big Mal' was a good enough player as a rock-hard centre-back, but even better as a manager.

A larger-than-life character, Allison's prescient words have proved of comfort to many modern-day bosses, as he famously said: "You're not a real manager unless you've been sacked."

Mostly remembered for his success at Manchester City, he managed in Canada, Portugal and Kuwait and it was in Portugal's Primeira Liga where he achieved his title.

Allison guided Sporting CP of Lisbon to the league and Portuguese Cup in 1982 and, despite falling out with the hierarchy in the capital the following pre-season, is remembered fondly by the Lions faithful - possibly because they had to wait until the new millennium for their next league crown.

That was following a failed period back at City, too, where his reputation as a party animal began to make the headlines more than his team did.

Don Revie infamously labelled him an "embarrassment" to football due to his drinking, gambling and love for the ladies, but when you saw him on the sidelines wearing a fedora and smoking a cigar, he was more the game's great entertainer.

Terry Venables

Not many Englishmen have nicknames in Spain without achieving much as a player but 'El Tel' is one of those with the folklore honour.

Lifting La Liga with his Barcelona side in 1985, the two-time capped England international won his first and only top-flight title in his sole stint abroad at club level.

After losing the 1986 European Cup final on penalties, he brought Brits Gary Lineker and Mark Hughes to the Blaugrana and although never repeated his title triumph, won the Copa de la Liga.

His time ended after three seasons but his work there won't be forgotten, as he ended their 11-year wait for the biggest prize in Spanish football by employing a classic 4-4-2 formation.

The former England manager may be remembered best for leading his country at Euro '96 on home soil, but his achievements abroad should not be forgotten.

Bobby Robson

One of the most beloved characters in the game, particularly in the north-east of England, Robson is who most football fans think of when they imagine and English manager abroad.

Despite his most famous venture being at Barcelona, his two title-winning stints were with PSV Eindhoven and Porto, where he won double Eredivisie and Primeira Liga titles respectively.

He famously had Jose Mourinho as his translator in Catalonia, where he took a young Brazilian striker named Ronaldo from PSV, and although La Liga eluded him, claimed a Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana and European Cup Winners' Cup in his sole season.

Beloved back home for success with Ipswich Town, Newcastle and eight years as England manager, Sir Bobby's death in 2009 shook the football world.

When his footballing friends across the globe talk about him, the glint in their eyes is all you need to realise how much of a legend he is - a label not to be used lightly on this list.

Steve McClaren

Dubbed the 'Wally with the Brolly' following England's rain-soaked disappointment of not qualifying for Euro 2008, McClaren's achievements still demand respect.

Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant for the famous 1999 treble has been around the block in England and has had success on foreign soil. Not with Wolfsburg, where he boasted just a 29.2% win rate, but with Dutch outfit FC Twente.

In 2010, McClaren, who made his name as a manager with six years of success at Middlesbrough, overcame the odds to win the Eredivisie title and became the first Englishman to be crowned champion of a top-flight division since Robson did with Porto 14 years prior.

Whatever your opinion of his so-called 'bigger jobs', kudos must go to McClaren for his Eredivisie exploits and taking the albeit unsuccessful leap to the Bundesliga afterwards.

A working-class Yorkshire lad, he has returned to Manchester United under Erik ten Hag as assistant coach.

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson Halmstad boss

Although Roberto Carlos might not rate him, Hodgson is a bona fide behemoth of the managerial game.

Starting off in Sweden with Halmstad in 1976, the now-retired Hodgson has managed in six foreign nations in addition to his native England.

Following a less than glamorous playing career in non-league after not failing to make it at Crystal Palace, the former Watford boss boasts seven Allsvenskans, a second tier title (also in Sweden) and a Danish Superliga crown.

As well as other cups across Europe, he reached the UEFA Cup final with Inter Milan in 1997 - like he did in 2010 with Fulham - the place where Carlos claimed Hodgson almost "destroyed" his career by playing in midfield.

He's tried his hand on the international stage, too, with the United Arab Emirates and Finland before returning to England and working his magic back home following failures at Liverpool and with the Three Lions.

Like a wise old grandfather, you can't help but love Roy, and don't bet against him returning to the touchline once more, even at 74.

Graham Potter

This generation's Hodgson, our final entry, Graham Potter, also went down an unorthodox path into management once his playing career came to an end.

Now at Premier League Brighton following success in the Championship with Swansea, he spent seven years at Swedish side Ostersunds, implementing an unconventional but progressive coaching style.

Achieving three promotions in his first five years, Potter's minnows made the top flight in 2015 and managed to impress onlookers by finishing eighth in their maiden Allsvenskan campaign.

Arguably his crowning moment there was winning 2-1 at the Emirates against Arsenal in a 2018 Europa League round-of-32 second leg despite losing the tie 4-2 on aggregate.

Their admission into the competition came courtesy of claiming the Swedish Cup, his highest trophy feat, with two title wins and a second-place finish coming prior to gaining entry into the top tier of the country's pyramid.

Aged just 47, Brighton's easy-on-the-eye style and continued membership of English football's top table has seen Potter linked with a raft of high-profile jobs.

A successor to Gareth Southgate is one, while a return to Europe cannot be ruled out given his early success there.

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