Two Premiership Managers Who Deserve More Recognition

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIMarch 20, 2010

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27:  Portsmouth Manager Avram Grant looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Portsmouth at Turf Moor on February 27, 2010 in Burnley, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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When people are discussing Premier League managers the names, Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Rafa Benitez are the talking points.

Rightly so, as they manage the bigger clubs and are in the media spotlight constantly.

But, in my opinion, there are more managers that deserve recognition.

Managers who are keeping small clubs in the league on a tiny percentage of Manchester United's wage bill.

The likes of Tony Pulis at Stoke and David Moyes at Everton are given an honourable mentions at this point. These two have done remarkable jobs at their respected clubs.

Moyes, in particular, has worked on a shoestring at Goodison Park, has a superb squad at the moment and if they hadn't had so many injuries at the beginning of the season, would now be challenging for a top four finish.

So, let's take a closer look at the two managers that I think have done superb jobs this season.

Avram Grant

The Portsmouth chief has had arguably the hardest job in world football since taking over in November 2009. Although Pompey sit bottom of the league and are destined for relegation, Grant has done a superb job just to keep the players so fired up and intense during his games.

When you take a look at all has gone on Fratton Park this season, you have to admire the way Grant has carried himself and the team, if not the name of the club.

Administration has all but relegated them for this, but the pride shown of the Portsmouth players must be pleasing to the Israeli. He has even offered to make donations in player wages and this to me shows the ultimate act of unity with the club in these turbulent times. 

Still, in the FA Cup, Grant and his players deserve to lift the trophy again in my opinion.

Grant deserves another crack at a big job in Europe, as he was used as a stop gap at Chelsea and lead them to the Champions League final. Maybe someone will come looking if he can lead the doomed South Coast club to some silverware.

Roy Hodgson  

When you are looking for a man who has vast knowledge of world football, there is one candidate who sticks out and that is Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson has managed in eight countries, including, Internazionale twice and has a superb knowledge of the game.

Appointed Fulham boss in 2007, Hodgson has established the club as a mid—table Premiership side.

Again working on a small budget, he has used his contacts around the world— in particular Scandinavia— to make some very astute signings.

He lead the team into European competition last season with a seventh placed finish. This year are still in the Europa League after an unbelievable aggregate victory over Juventus this past week.

There are calls for Hodgson to named the successor to Fabio Capello as the England boss. He would be a superb choice by the FA, in my opinion, as he has previous international experience with Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland.

Roy Hodgson is a man of the world, has lead a small side such as Fulham to the breach of European glory and knows the games inside—out.

So there you have it. As I have explained throughout this column, it is in my opinion that Avram Grant and Roy Hodgson are two men who deserve more of the spotlight and if they continue to do such splendid jobs, then there is no doubt these two veteran coaches will have one last crack at the big time.