LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 01: Chris Coleman manager of Wales waves to supporters prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in Lille, France.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Hit or Miss? Premier League Managers Past & Present Who Tried Their Hand on the International Scene

Former and current Premier League managers in the shapes of Claudio Ranieri, Roberto Mancini and Antonio Conte have all been linked with the vacant Italian national team job in recent weeks and months.

And that got us thinking; how well have other managers who have graced the Premier League fared when taking on the whirlwind of international football?

Let's take a look.

6. Louis van Gaal - Netherlands

Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal endured two separate spells as head coach of the Netherlands to contrasting degrees of success.

During his first spell - between 2000-2002 - Holland infamously failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 16 years in a qualifying campaign that included a 1-0 defeat to Mick McCarthy's Republic of Ireland.

Van Gaal somewhat redeemed himself on the international scene during his second tenure, however. 

The Dutch were unbeaten during qualifying for the 2014 World Cup and, in Brazil, Van Gaal's men expertly dispatched reigning World Champions Spain 5-1 in the group phase before eventually finishing the tournament in third place.

Verdict: Hit

5. Slaven Bilić - Croatia

Slaven Bilić reigned as Croatia head coach from 2006 to 2012 with his most notable contribution coming during qualification for Euro 2008.

In a difficult qualifying group that included England and Russia, the former West Ham boss steered his national side towards the group's summit whilst masterminding home and away victories over England en route.

Croatia carried this form into the tournament itself, winning all three group matches including a 2-1 win against eventual finalists Germany before a harrowing quarter final defeat to Turkey.

That was about as good as it got, as Croatia failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup and a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign marked the end for the Bilić.

Verdict: Hit

4. Roy Hodgson - England

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has managed at international level with Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and, of course, England.

He took the Three Lions job with a decent international portfolio under his belt which most notably included taking Switzerland to the last 16 of USA '94 in the country's first World Cup since 1966.

As England manager, Hodgson's reign would be marred by falling short when it mattered. 

Consistently strong during qualifying, England's performances at the 2014 World Cup - where they failed to progress beyond the group stage - and Euro 2016 - where they were eliminated by international minnows Iceland - meant Hodgson's tenure will forever be considered nothing other than a failure.

Verdict: Miss

3. Luiz Felipe Scolari - Brazil

Although Luiz Felipe Scolari only managed in England for less than a season, he had to be included in this list as he remains the only World Cup winning manager to have ever graced the Premier League.

The former Chelsea boss won football's biggest prize with Brazil in 2002 as Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and co. knocked out England en route to beating Germany 2-0 in the final.

Scolari would knock England out of a second successive World Cup four years later - this time with Portugal - before returning for a second (and far less successful) spell with Brazil which included that horrifying 7-1 defeat to Germany.

Nonetheless, Scolari is a World Champion so must be considered a hit in this context.

Verdict: Hit

2. Kevin Keegan - England

Kevin Keegan very nearly led Newcastle United to the Premier League title in 1996 and his managerial prowess was recognised by the FA three years later, as Keegan took the England job he so desperately desired.

Keegan narrowly led England to Euro 2000 thanks to a 2-1 aggregate play-off victory over Scotland. That, however, was roughly the height of his short reign as the Three Lions failed to qualify beyond the group stages at the tournament itself.

A 1-0 defeat to Germany during the last ever game at the Old Wembley signalled the end for Keegan who bowed out of the international scene with the worst win percentage of any England manager in history (39%).

Verdit: Miss

1. Chris Coleman - Wales

Having taken the Wales job in tragic circumstances following the untimely death of the legendary Gary Speed, nobody could have quite predicted the impact Chris Coleman would have on Welsh football.

The former Fulham boss incredibly lost his first five games at the helm as Wales failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. However - after Coleman flirted with resignation - he came back stronger to lead Wales to Euro 2016.

Before their first major tournament since 1958, under Coleman's stewardship Wales climbed as high as eighth in the FIFA World Rankings and travelled to France with intent. 

Wales topped their group ahead of England before defeating Northern Ireland and Belgium en route to the semi finals. They would eventually fall short at the hands of eventual champions Portugal, but their incredible run will live long in the hearts and minds of their proud nation.

Verdict: Hit