With an eye to the concept of ‘brain drain’, the chart below looks at how many active Hall of Fame coaches there have been in the NFL from 1985 to 2015. The number has reduced over the years from six in 1985 to just one (future) Hall of Famer in 2015 – Bill Belichick. The infographic also shows the ‘best of the rest’ for each year as assessed by Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated.
England’s football team crashed out of Euro 2016 after a shock 2-1 loss to Iceland in the last 16 of the competition. England has a population of about 53 million and Iceland has a mere 330,000 inhabitants by comparison. Criticism of England’s players and managerial team immediately after the defeat was scathing.
The salary gap between Roy Hodgson, England’s coach and Lars Lagerbäck, Iceland’s joint-manager, is massive. Hodgson, who resigned in the wake of his country’s defeat, was paid about £4 million every year. Lars Lagerbäck who is managing Iceland gets paid about £360,000 annually by comparison.
This chart shows the annual salary of national football coaches at Euro 2016.