Which Premier League Managers have been a success this season?
It isn’t necessarily just a case of looking at the league table and going from the top down.
Clubs have different levels of resources and varying other obstacles between themselves and success.
A report has now ranked every current Premier League manager based on their work this season.
Interesting stuff from Four Four Two, with Mark Hughes deservedly bottom of their rankings – little wonder as he is set to do a remarkable double of relegating two clubs in the same season.
At the other end of the spectrum, he might have massive resources at his disposable but Pep Guardiola has to be at the top. His team have played brilliant football and are still set to break Premier League records on both points and goals scored – having won the title with a handful of matches still to play.
What about all of the Premier League Managers in between the two extremes though?
The full rankings are below but Rafa comes in at a very respectable fourth top and here is the Four Four Two write-up on the Newcastle boss:
“If it hasn’t yet dawned on Mike Ashley that the single greatest asset at St James Park is the portly chap in the dugout, it certainly will do when Newcastle – as they almost certainly will – secure mathematical safety.
“Benitez has alchemised Premier League gold from a Championship-level squad – and one that glaringly lacks that most fundamental of parts: a reliable goalscorer.
“The Spaniard has turned Jamaal Lascelles into one of the top flight’s outstanding defenders, Jonjo Shelvey into the player he has spent half a decade hinting at, and Ayoze Perez into an elusive, between-the-lines playmaker.
“At the time of writing [before Newcastle v Arsenal], Newcastle sit in the top half – three points behind Everton with a game in hand – which is little short of magnificent on Benitez’s part.
“Ashley’s task is to keep him sweet.”
Four Four Two rankings of all current Premier League managers based on their work this season (from worst to best):
Mark Hughes (Southampton)
Sam Allardyce (Everton)
Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)
Paul Lambert (Stoke)
Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace)
Antonio Conte (David Moyes)
David Moyes (West Ham)
Jose Mourinho (Man Utd)
Javi Gracia (Watford)
David Wagner (Huddersfield)
Chris Hughton (Brighton)
Claude Puel (Leicester)
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
Carlos Carvalhal (Swansea)
Rafa Benitez (Newcastle United)
Sean Dyche (Burnley)
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)
Pep Guardiola (Man City)