A contract wrangle with the Welsh FA means that European Championships hero Chris Coleman could walk away from his current position after this summer’s tournament.
The situation is one Swansea City and Aston Villa are reportedly keeping an eye on, which suggests they’re well aware of the success coaches savour upon returning to club management having sampled the international side of the game.
Mark Hughes cut his teeth at the Wales helm between 1999-2004, before establishing himself as one of the best managers in the Premier League.
The current Stoke City supremo’s win percentage has never dipped below 40% when he’s been in charge of a team for more than 50 matches.
England chief Roy Hodgson’s best years in the Premier League directly followed a year-long stint with Finland, while he had also called the shots for UAE and Switzerland before that.
One of Hodgson’s predecessors, Steve McClaren, won the Eredivisie in his second season in charge of FC Twente, his first employers since he lost his Three Lions gig in 2008. Across two campaigns in the Netherlands, he won a staggering 63% of his matches.
Alex McLeish helped Birmingham City to their only major trophy in his first club gig since steering the Scotland ship for 11 months in 2007, while the man he succeeded, Walter Smith, won three straight SPL titles at Rangers in the first three full seasons at Ibrox upon the conclusion of his national service.
All of their improvements pale in significance when compared to those of Claudio Ranieri, who has driven Leicester City to the fringe of a Premier League title in the job that followed a horrendous episode in charge of Greece, where he lost three and drew one of four matches in the dugout.
Based on this evidence, punters can expect a good season for Villa or Swansea next term if one of the two can successfully exploit Coleman’s contract debacle with Wales.