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)


    Proof read your articles, Conte is not manager of Moyes. (Or knock the afternoon sessions on the head)

    • East Durham Mag

      Pretty embarrassing stuff.

      • Oval85

        And funny… Very funny.

    • Mike D

      Perhaps Pardew is managing Hughes.

  • Sing in the Leazes

    But why did they put the league upside down? It just makes your head hurt as you try to undo it mentally.
    And Poch in 2nd? Carvalhal 5th? Puel above Hughton/Wagner? Another example of ‘ranking systems’ spewing out drivel.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Think it’s about right to tell you the truth well done to the Burnley manager he is manager of the season full stop.

    • GToon


    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      of course it’ll go to Pep because those who vote on such things lack any sort of spine.

    • Wor Lass

      Correct – with Rafa a close second.

  • GToon

    How have they managed to put the serial shopper at the top of the list? Anybody would win the league if they had £447m to spend on a team already stuffed full of expensive buys.

    • steve

      Mourinho hasn’t.

      • GToon

        He has of late but he did achieve success with Porto first without money. I also think his coaching made a big difference at Chelsea in his first spell rather than just money. Ditto at Inter. It’s only at Man U that he has sought the cheque book approach. Cheque Guardiola is totally different I reckon. He joins the top team, spends a fortune and then people wonder why his team win things. The only thing worthy of note he has achieved in the EPL is that there isn’t just one other team to challenge him like in Spain or Germany which is a first for him. Dyche gets my vote.

        • Ram Kishore

          Just like how Barcelona , Bayern were untouched in their respective leagues.. Pretty much city are rn
          Even if he does a lot of big money signings…He improves the lot very very much as a team.. and not many could do that

          • GToon

            I don’t think he does improve the team. He just fills it with very talented players. When he comes up against a better manager like Klopp the toys come out of the pram big time.

          • Ram Kishore

            Filling with talented players could backfire a lot if the manager couldn’t manmanage them..There is all possibility they could go AWOL because their is a possibility that a player with inflated ego undermining the manager.. it doesn’t happen but there is a chance..

    • TheNutJob

      Pards couldn`t

    • Lord

      Sure they have benefited from being able to spend big but they’ve bought the right players and nurtured existing ones at the club. And you can’t overlook the stunning football they play. Man U have spent a lot too and can’t come close to the style coming out of Man City right now.

      • GToon

        The problem I have with the bloke is how can anybody pass comment on how good he is when the playing field is so uneven it’s ridiculous. It’s tipped so much in his favour that no wonder we spent the entire game in our own half when we played them. He’s spent more on transfers in his first 19 months in charge than most clubs have in their entire existence. Do you remember what they were like before the money arrived? I think dyche has done a great job at Burnley and I also think over the years Wenger did a great job too without signing loads of cheques. Unfortunately his lack of spending seems to have been his undoing for all to see. I don’t want to sound unreasonable or bitter but it’s teams like man city who have removed most peoples interest in what used to be an exciting game. Can you imagine the first MOTD of the new season and the pundits say who their tip is for the title? I’m guessing Guardiola is going shopping again in the summer. Is that entertainment?

    • Viru leckworth

      Pardew couldn’t neither could Hughes, Allardyce or most of Sunderland ex managers.

  • Mike D

    Hughes for Sunderland anyone?

    • Whitehurst

      To think we nearly had Sparky as manager not long ago!! 😬

      • Mike D


  • Ram Kishore

    What are the ranking parameters.. methodology or reasons and supporting arguments from Experts???
    Oh I forgot it was publis by four four two whatever

    • Viru leckworth

      I would go along with most of their rankings, what’s your beef?

      • Ram Kishore

        Pal I’m very happy that you went along with theirs but I couldn’t and I feel very sad that I couldn’t match your views..

        Oh and I don’t have any beef.
        I still remember that I can have opinions

  • TheNutJob

    Everton are polling their fans on Hippo Heed, expect him gone in the summer

    • Viru leckworth

      Sunderland will be straight in for him,

  • TheNutJob

    you can`t complain about Pep, he has unlimited funds but they walked away with the league playing football as it should be played

  • Down Under Mag

    Where’s Pardew??

  • Mrkgw

    Ashley has a collosal amount to thank Rafa for. Had we been relegated then he would have gambled and lost millions. Instead, millions have been added to the value of the club with more likely to be gained through the league placing. He needs to have that new contract drawn up fast.