English managers may not have exotic surnames but that does not mean they should be dismissed as candidates.
There has been a clamour for foreign coaches with expansive ideas ever since Arsene Wenger took over at Arsenal but that may soon be changing and Arsenal could, along with Chelsea, be at the forefront of that change.
Obviously three of the top managers in English football are foreign, well at least by reputations. Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and I hate to say it, Jose Mourinho.
But there is a clutch of quality English managers that arguably do a better job than a lot of their foreign counterparts.
Who are the three managers up for the sack right now? Manuel Pellegrini, Marco Silva and Unai Emery. Who are among the mangers that have been getting glowing praise? Chris Wilder, Eddie Howe and Graham Potter.
Of course, Nuno Santo is also getting highly praised at Wolves but why choose him over say, Chris Wilder?
Why take a chance of Mikel Arteta when Eddie Howe has done an astonishing job with limited resources at Bournemouth?
Why is Graham Potter not even being mentioned when he had done a remarkable job at Brighton? I mean, who knows the history of Potter at Ostersund in Sweden? I do, I am also aware of how that club has disintegrated since he left them.
There is the argument that any of these English managers could fail to take the step up, but so could Nuno Santo, he was hardly a roaring success at Valencia and Porto.
I am not suggesting that Howe, Wilder, Potter or even Sean Dyche will be a success but neither am I convinced they would do any worse than some of the names linked with the Arsenal job.
Chelsea took a chance with Frank Lampard, albeit forced by circumstances, and it is working out terrifically well for them.
There are huge advantages with taking a chance on an English manager, communication being the most obvious. But they are generally ignored and the only reason that Howe, Wilder and Dyche are doing well is that they were forced to get promotion to the Premier League to make their mark. Potter got his chance because Brighton was seen as guaranteed relegation fodder.
Arsenal can hardly do worse than going with an English manager until the end of the season, they are unlikely to make the top-four and will not be relegated, so why not take a chance until the end of the season?