But the sad fact is that even with success in the lower leagues or with under-23 sides these coaches are still not given a chance at the sharp end and instead we appoint "safe, experienced" managers from these shores or big-name coaches from overseas who, not by coincidence, were given a chance to shine much earlier at a higher level by more open-minded, forward-thinking boardrooms or technical directors.
Southampton celebrated a huge win on Tuesday night after seeing off unsafe Swansea City 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium to confirm West Brom's relegation on a day the Baggies manager Darren Moore bagged the Premier League manager of the month award.
The champions' 105 league goals are more than any other side has recorded in the Premier League era, whilst no other team has recorded 31 wins and 97 points in a single campaign and the team still have one game to play.
However, this is his first taste of management at the top level so nothing is assured despite being so successful as well as popular with players and fans alike.
The Saints certainly had the last laugh, winning the relegation decider 1-0 at the Liberty stadium.
Swansea is hosting Stoke on Sunday and a loss will mean they will be eliminated from the Premier League.
Picked up on Sky Sports cameras as they tried to guage the temper of Swansea followers who had simply seen the Italian rating, they briefly caught the kid summing up the state of affairs with a fatalistic: 'Oh properly'. Swans are at -27 while the Terriers are at -29.
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