It's a question that has popped up on numerous occasions throughout the last decade or so, and it's still being talked about today: where have all the young English managers gone?
The global reach of the Premier League - hell, even the Championship to some degree - has seen foreign managers and coaches take a number of high-profile jobs at big clubs, and resulted in a dearth of young talented bosses breaking into the top jobs in England.
It's slim pickings even today where English managers are concerned, let alone young ones, so it's no surprise to see one runaway winner from our recently conducted poll into who is considered to be the most exciting young English manager at the present time:
The only real leading light - Gareth Southgate doesn't count - around right now, Eddie Howe is by far and away the most exciting young gaffer England has on offer.
A spoiled blot on his CV from Burnley aside, the 39-year-old has worked wonders to secure top flight football for Bournemouth and, without wanting to jinx it, looks set to establish the Cherries as a decent Premier League side for another season.
Howe's possession-based tactical plan has seen Bournemouth achieve notable results since they gained promotion from the Championship - 4-3 victory over Liverpool, anyone? - and, before Southgate was installed as the Three Lions' new permanent manager, was heavily linked with taking up the hotseat for England's senior national side.
The train has run off the tracks in recent weeks where the south coast club's form is concerned, but Howe is still a talented boss with plenty of time to learn and ply his trade in arguably the world's biggest division.
Someway off Howe in second place is newly installed Swansea City boss Paul Clement. Which isn't surprising, given his start at the Liberty Stadium and the competition he has been up against.
Clement was handed the seemingly impossible task of preventing the Swans from falling out of the Premier League for the first time since they achieved promotion in 2011 and, good on him, has so far defied expectations to haul them out of the relegation zone.
31st Dec: Swansea bottom of Premier League.— bet365 (@bet365) February 12, 2017
12th Feb: Swansea up to 15th & above last season's champions.
The Paul Clement Effect. pic.twitter.com/IzuC5BM5I9
Three wins in his first six matches in charge, including an impressive 3-2 away victory against Liverpool, have helped to ease Swans fans' anxiety over a return to the Championship, and his start in South Wales is all the more remarkable considering it's only his second job as a manager following his ill-fated spell at Derby County.
There's still a long way to go before Clement can be hailed a saviour in Swansea, but the 44-year-old is doing his damnedest to make sure he isn't the third managerial casualty at the Liberty in under 12 months.
Speaking of Swansea, former captain Garry Monk sneaks into third place thanks to, well, the fact that he's actually in a job currently.
The Leeds United boss has overseen 23 wins in his first 39 games in charge at Elland Road, but his future at the club has been speculated about with Leeds three places and eight points off an automatic promotional place in the Championship.
Monk was certainly hard done by as Swansea's manager during the 2015/16 campaign, but he's doing a more-than-decent job in Yorkshire as he looks to rebuild both his and Leeds' reputation within the game.
Finally - and it's a surprise he's in our poll ahead of Burnley's Sean Dyche - Gary Rowett picked up 6% of the votes. Somehow. Don't look at us, you voted for him.
Birmingham City were 3 points off third place when they sacked Gary Rowett.— bet365 (@bet365) February 15, 2017
They are now 21 points off third.
The 42-year-old former Birmingham City affer was, to be fair, doing an alright job in the Midlands before his shock sacking at St. Andrew's. His replacement, Gianfranco Zola, has since led the Blues to just one league win in 11 attempts.
It just goes to show that the grass isn't always greener, doesn't it, Birmingham...
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