Of all the managers in the English Premier League, arguably the world’s most popular sporting league, the manager of AFC Bournemouth is most like Icelandic Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson—at least according to the Washington Post.
The new season of the Premier League starts today, with major games including Manchester United versus Tottenham Hotspur…and Bournemouth versus Aston Villa.
In an effort to make football/soccer more accessible to the American audience, the Washington Post has created a list of Premier League managers and their equivalent world leader.
Chelsea’s Jose Morinho is likened to Russian president Vladimir Putin, as both command fear and respect from the media; while Angela Merkel is likened to Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini, as both are sometimes criticized for their financial muscle and not always credited for real, solid results.
Meanwhile, Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is likened to AFC Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe: “Red-headed and doughy-faced, he's the youthful leader of a plucky seaside realm that's now punching well above its weight.”
AFC Bournemouth will play in the Premier League for the first time this season in their 116 year history. The club is considered a minnow in the top league and its stadium only holds 12,500 spectators. Eddie Howe is credited with one of the most remarkable football success stories in recent decades; bringing the club from the brink of total extinction to the Premier League in just six years.