Pep Guardiola is an anomaly -- one man who didn't fancy a crack at the Premier League, or at least not yet.
But the Spaniard is one of the rare few to turn down a chance of taking charge of one of England's top clubs.
Coaches flock from Europe and across the world to try their luck, and some like Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini land the top prize.
Guardiola's move to the German Bundesliga will come as a relief to some, particularly those homegrown coaches desperately trying to make their mark in a 20-team league where there are only four English managers.
In addition, figures recorded before the close of the January transfer window showed that of the 480 players used in the Premier League this season, 176 were English -- just 36.7%.
Since the nation's dismal failure at the 2010 World Cup, where Fabio Capello's team was brutally torn apart by a wonderfully youthful and resurgent Germany, there has been a long period of introspection.
Not since 1966 has the nation's footballers delivered the World Cup, a result which can be seen as something of an anomaly given the lack of success in the 47 years since.
But it's not just the players who are failing; it's the coaches and managers too.
And the worst part of it all is that the rest of the world knows it.
"English managers are not winning," former England manager Steve McClaren told CNN, speaking before he lost his job as coach of Dutch club Twente this week.
"I've been working abroad in Germany and Holland where English coaches and English managers don't hold a great deal of respect in foreign countries.
"That started because there aren't many English players abroad, but that can be put down to the Premier League being the main attraction, and why should they move abroad if they can play in the top league?
"But for English coaches, where can they achieve success? Where can they get the opportunity to manage in the Premier League?
"The Championship is becoming very strong and full of English coaches. Then you have to think about moves abroad, a bit like the route which current England boss Roy Hodgson took.
"He was successful and won competitions in other countries. He knows what it takes to win and that's what chairmen want.
"They want winners, they want successful coaches with a pedigree of a winning. Roy has progressed on that."
While Scotland has provided some of the most successful managers including Alex Ferguson, Bill Shankly, Matt Busby and Kenny Dalglish, England has failed to replicate the achievements of its northern neighbor.
The English Football Association is trying to educate and bring through young coaches and managers with the opening of the country's National Football Center.
St. George's Park, which opened in October at the cost of $166 million, is seen as key to developing and nurturing homegrown talent both on and off the field.
Boasting state-of-the-art pitches and facilities, the venture will help restore the respect towards English coaches, according to the League Managers' Association.
"From an LMA outlook, the game should be investing in these managers and coaches with their development in the coming years," LMA chief executive Richard Bevan told CNN.
"Long term, the LMA see St. George's Park (SGP) as a massive positive for coaching and the future of English football.
"We acknowledge SGP is not an overnight process, but in the next five to 10 years the LMA firmly believe SGP will have a significant and positive influence on the English game.
"SGP will result in enhanced careers in coaching and all other disciplines in football. The culture, values and behaviors will characterize a new generation of coaches and players.