By Dan Ripley for MailOnline
Published: 08:12 GMT, 7 December 2018 | Updated: 08:12 GMT, 7 December 2018
Southampton wasted little time in appointing Ralph Hasenhuttl as their new manager following the dismissal of Mark Hughes this week.
For the Saints they are just the latest side to go continental for a new boss in an attempt to kick-start a poor start to a Premier League campaign that sees them sit in the bottom three of the table fighting relegation.
Going overseas used to be Plan B for the English top flight when it came to looking for a new boss, yet it is now becoming the primary search area.
Hasenhuttl's appointment means there are just five British and Irish managers left in the Premier League - there were as many as 12 just four years ago.
Now just Sean Dyche (Burnley), Neil Warnock (Cardiff City), Eddie Howe (Bournemouth), Chris Hughton (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace) represent that contingent.
With the exception of Hodgson, the four other managers had to earn their Premier League spots through earning promotion from the Championship with their respective clubs.
The decline in British and Irish managers has been gradual since the formation of the Premier League in 1992.
But for the first 20 years this was relatively steady, until the start of the 2012-13 season when the mass exodus started.
Before that campaign, foreign managers in the Premier League had been 25 per cent or less, but since then there has been a near constant increase in foreign appointments.
It is notable that around this point there are notable failures of British appointment at some of the bigger clubs in the country.
Roy Hodgson barely lasted half a season at Liverpool in 2010, and after Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers failed to deliver more than one League Cup between them, Jurgen Klopp was hired in 2015 - with results and performance having noticeably improved.
Manchester United chose to stick with British when Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, but his replacement David Moyes failed to last the season. Although his successors Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have hardly raised the bar.