Premier League factions under Scottish stewardship were ten a penny just a tiny, wee while ago, but now the sight of a tactician schooled north of the border in a top-tier dressing room is a rarity.
Enter new West Brom boss Alan Irvine, who is set to spark a revival amongst the dying breed.
Before a ball was kicked ahead of the 2011/12 campaign, a staggering seven sides were being managed by Scotland natives as chairmen across the nation chased the must-have coaching accessory of any self-respecting football club.
Fast forward just two seasons and, prior to Irvine landing the Baggies gig, Paul Lambert was the solo Scottish supremo in Premier League employment, while there were just seven working in all of England’s top four divisions.
Not to be swayed by the freshest crazes the hipsters are obsessing over, West Brom have committed the footballing equivalent of donning flared trousers and pulling out a yoyo in appointing Irvine.
A strong season at the Hawthorns helm – the Baggies are 7/2 to finish in the top half next term – could well herald a Scottish manager second coming, but what were the factors that killed this fad?
Steve Kean-induced terror
The sanity of Blackburn’s owners was justly called into question when they axed Sam Allardyce in favour of hate-figure-in-the-making Kean, who didn’t waste any time in getting Rovers relegated to the Championship.
Just one full season at the helm was all it took to demote the Lancashire club as Kean became statistically the worst Blackburn boss since the Premier League era began.
His lowlight reel of tactical gaffes and silver-screen misdemeanours must’ve contributed to the Scottish coaches’ expulsion from hipsville.
Kenny Dalglish’s cavalier transfer policy
Apparently opening negotiations at the £20m mark regardless of ability, King Kenny’s carefree use of the Liverpool chequebook led to vast amounts of cash squandered.
The four-time top-flight-winning rudderman landed the odd gem on his 16-month trolley dash, but his financial over-eagerness can’t appeal to your non-billionaire football club owner.
Alex McLeish and ‘sooner watch grass grow’ soccer
Named on account of the activity people most commonly cited when asked what they’d rather do than watch Aston Villa in 2011/12, McLeish’s unadventurous approach play was widely chastised.
His solo season at the Villa Park helm saw the west Midlands outfit tie 17 matches and with the need to keep the crowds onside, clubs can’t risk having the punters bored into staying at home on a Saturday afternoon.