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Englishness Of The Premier League (Or The Lack Of It)


On BBC News:

“Foreign footballers now appear in almost two thirds of minutes played in the Premier League ….

A BBC Sport study has calculated the total minutes played by each nationality in the English top flight, ….

English players made up the highest percentage of minutes played in the Premier League at 31.8% of the total, with French players second and Spanish third.”

A breakdown from BBC Sport:

Top countries

1. England 31.80%
2. France 7.99%
3. Spain 6.18%
4. Ireland 4.70%
5. Netherlands 3.94%
6. Belgium 3.54%
7. Scotland 3.22%
8. Wales 3.12%
9. Brazil 2.72%
10. Argentina 2.06%

Compare that with managers – 5 out of 20 (25%):

Club Manager Nationality Appointed
Arsenal Arsène Wenger France 1-Oct-96
Newcastle United Alan Pardew England 9-Dec-10
West Ham United Sam Allardyce England 1-Jun-11
Fulham Martin Jol Netherlands 7-Jun-11
Cardiff City Malky Mackay Scotland 17-Jun-11
Liverpool Brendan Rodgers Northern Ireland 1-Jun-12
Aston Villa Paul Lambert Scotland 2-Jun-12
Norwich City Chris Hughton Republic of Ireland 7-Jun-12
Hull City Steve Bruce England 8-Jun-12
West Bromwich Albion Steve Clarke Scotland 8-Jun-12
Swansea City Michael Laudrup Denmark 15-Jun-12
Tottenham Hotspur André Villas-Boas Portugal 3-Jul-12
Crystal Palace Ian Holloway England 4-Nov-12
Southampton Mauricio Pochettino Argentina 18-Jan-13
Stoke City Mark Hughes Wales 30-May-13
Chelsea José Mourinho Portugal 3-Jun-13
Manchester City Manuel Pellegrini Chile 24-Jun-13
Manchester United David Moyes Scotland 1-Jul-13
Everton Roberto Martínez Spain 1-Jul-13
Sunderland Gus Poyet Uruguay 8-Oct-13

And owners – 7 out of 20 (35%) have English owners or majority English owners:

Club Owner(s) Nationality
Arsenal Stan Kroenke (66.83%)
Alisher Usmanov & 
Farhad Moshiri (29.99%)
USA
Ubzekistan 
Iran
Aston Villa Randy Lerner USA
Cardiff City Vincent Tan (36.1%)
Michael Isaac (11%)
Malaysia
NA
Chelsea Roman Abramovich Russia
Crystal Palace Steve Parish
Martin Long 
Stephen Browett 
Jeremy Hosking
England
England
England
England
Everton Bill Kenwright CBE (25.84%)
Robert Earl (23.27%)  
Jon Woods (18.92%)
England
England
England
Fulham Shahid Khan USA
Hull City Assem Allam Egypt
Liverpool John W. Henry
LeBron James
USA
USA
Manchester City Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan UAE
Manchester United Malcolm Glazer USA
Newcastle United Mike Ashley England
Norwich City Delia Smith
& Michael Wynn-Jones (53%)
Michael Foulger (15%)
England
Wales
England
Southampton The Executors of Markus Liebherr’s Estate Switzerland
Stoke City Peter Coates England
Sunderland Ellis Short USA
Swansea City Mr. & Mrs. Martin Morgan (22.5%)
Brian Katzen (20%)
Swansea City Supporters Trust (20%)
Huw Jenkins (12.5%)
Robert Davies (10%)
Wales
Wales
Wales
Wales
Wales
Tottenham Hotspur Joe Lewis (85%) England
West Bromwich Albion Jeremy Peace (59.8%)
Geoff Hale (10.4%)
England
England
West Ham United CB Holding ehf (10%)
David Gold (30.6%)
David Sullivan (55.6%)
Iceland
Wales
England

Why the focus on players alone?

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