Every Premier League manager and their US Office alter-ego
American reboots of British comedy classics have been, to put it mildly, more often than not disastrous creations. The Inbetweeners, Peep Show, Gavin & Stacey, and Fawlty Towers are just a handful of chilling examples of where attempts to reproduce UK sitcom gold has gone spectacularly wrong.
Every Premier League manager and their US Office alter-ego
'The Office: An American Workplace' broke the mould, capturing the essence of Ricky Gervais' original masterpiece, but moving forward to create its own legacy as a stone cold comedy classic.
Now, you must be wondering what on earth the fictional paper company Dunder Mifflin has got to do with the Premier League managers, and that's a fair question.
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The answer? Characters. Both the US Office and the English top tier boast a wealth of wildly varying characters, fraught with flaws and complexities - the parallels between the two seemingly disparate institutions are simply crying out to be explored.
This is an excellent fit, you have to agree. One of the more senior members of the office, Roy the boy would slip effortless into one of Phyllis' trademark thick-knit cardigans, bringing a delightful, motherly radiance to the workplace.
And so, allow us to whisk you off to Scranton, Pennsylvania, and present the alternative US Office star cast, with Premier League managers stepping into the iconic roles:
"Who's got two thumbs and drinks his wine by the pint? This guy!" Big Sam is tailor-made for the role of the earthy travelling salesman, who turns up at the branch periodically to mock and terrorise the staff.
A perfect fit, simply perfect. Fact: Spygate is straight out of the Dwight Schrute playbook of chicanery. Fact: even on an appearance level, it's a solid fit. Does El Loco own a sixty-acre beet farm in Leeds? False: one would imagine...
Sassy, flamboyant, a talker. Snap! "Yeah. I have a lot of questions. Number one: how dare you?!" is absolutely something you could see an enraged Tommy Tuchs roaring at a trembling member of officiating staff, while pursuing them down the tunnel.
A raised eyebrow here, a sulky glare there. If Everton's Carlo Ancelotti wasn't a mastermind manager, he'd most likely be a paper salesman for Dunder Mifflin, counting down the days to retirement in Florida while blasting through crosswords.
If any Premier League manager has it in him to photocopy his posterior at the office Christmas party, it's Burnley's Sean Dyche. He'd be right at home touring the top tier grounds in a van, heavy metal blasting ferociously out the windows
Grinning ear to ear, a powerful, successful man of business - Jurgen Klopp is Bob Vance (Vance Refrigeration) all over. Expect to see Klopp Refrigeration take off once the charismatic German's coaching days are behind him.
Prone to bouts of philosophical rambling, Pep Guardiola is the very essence of latter-season CEO Robert California. The Man City boss no doubt abides in a mansion brimming with exotic wine and mysterious chambers.
"How's the bacon, did you say?!" is a query that a bewildered Creed would 100% burst out with, at random, in one of Michael Scott's daily conference room meetings. Separated at birth, these two.
"Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me." is a phrase you could definitely imagine OGS uttering in a presser. Bathing in boyish charm, he's Michael G. Scott, alright.
During his not entirely successful playing career, Wolves' coach was nicknamed 'O Substituto'. Given that Ryan will forever be known as 'The Temp' (or indeed, 'Fire Guy') this seems a decent enough reason to pair the two up.
A tricky one to place, ol' Mikel, but Gabe just might do the job. Hurled into a new workplace with high expectations, with a love of horror films and an enthusiastic interest in Japanese culture...yeah, that'll suit the Arsenal boss, probably.
Would Scott Parker enrage Marcelo Bielsa by suspending his precious squatting bucket in jelly? Damn straight he would. The dreamy office prankster, Scotty P is Fulham's very own Jim Halpert.
In the final season of The Office, we were treated to a video Jan presumably masterminded, which involved her singing, from the perspective of her daughter, about what a sensational mother she is. That just screams 'The Special One'.
Based largely on physical appearance, there's a striking similarity between the pair. And who's to say Moyesy doesn't fill his hours away from West Ham penning never-to-be-read detective novels based on his cooler alter-ego Chad Moyes?
Relatively young, brimming with artistic flair but yet to find the confidence to truly kick on with his career, Potter matches up smartly with an early-season Pam. "Brighton & Hove Albion, this is Gram" is undoubtedly how he answers the AMEX phones.
Now, we originally had down a hilarious match-up with Chris Wilder and Angela Martin. His exit from Sheffield United has blown that, and he should be ashamed of himself. Heckingbottom has an unenviable task as Deangelo had in replacing Michael.
Ralph Hasenhuttl is unquestionably more intelligent than Kevin Malone, that must be made clear. However, what the Saints boss does share with the struggling accountant is, that when the numbers get above eight, disaster inevitably follows.
Just like Andy leaving a sweet set-up as Dunder Mifflin manager to pursue Hollywood stardom, Rodgers left Celtic to join Leicester City. Has Brendy ever torn a sensitive part of his anatomy while engaged in a pre-wedding dance-off? Almost certainly not.
Ambitious, driven, and just an all-round huevo bueno, Smith, like Daryll, rocks the affable good guy vibe with aplomb. You'd trust the Aston Villa boss to run a warehouse and get everyone out the door by 5, that's for sure.