Whilst we have seen a host of coaches from around the world manage in the Premier League, only a handful from France have every made an impact.
Arsene Wenger’s tenure as Arsenal boss goes without saying, with Gerard Houllier and Jean Tigana the others to have had more than a short stint in the top tier of English football.
Wenger is now set to come up against a former player and countryman later this year in the form of Remi Garde. The ex-Lyon boss spent three years at Highbury under Wenger, and was appointed as Tim Sherwood’s replacement at Aston Villa on Monday.
Whilst his ability to keep Villa in the top flight is questionable, Garde is certainly not the only coach from his country with the pedigree to potentially take charge in the top flight. We’ve taken a look at five other French coaches who could also potentially manage in the Premier League one day…..
5. Herve Renard
Whilst currently struggling near the bottom of Ligue 1 with Lille, Renard has proved he can get sides playing to their potential on the biggest of stages.
Having been assistant to Claude Le Roy at a number of African sides, the 47-year old went on to coach an unfancied Zambia to their first victory in the African Cup of Nations in 2012. Three years later he went on to win the competition once again with the Ivory Coast.
He’s also no stranger to English football, having had a short stint as Cambridge United boss in 2004.