One manager who has been successful in the lower English Leagues is former Hull City manager Nigel Adkins. The Birkenhead-born started his career as a physiotherapist at Scunthorpe United 1996 before taking over as manager 10 years later.
In his first season as manager, he helped the Irons to a promotion to the Championship, before subsequently getting demoted and then promoted in consecutive seasons. Adkins would then take over as the manager of Southampton in the 2010/11 season in which they sat in League One. In the two and a half years at the club, he helped them gain back-to-back promotions into the Premier League before being replaced by Mauricio Pochettino in 2013.
Now without a job role after leaving Hull due to a difference in visions for the club, many have encouraged him to take up management of his former club Tranmere Rovers. With his experience in management and his connection with the club, it feels right that now after 35 years since he left as a player, he should take up the role of manager of Tranmere.