Three Premier League Managers Who Are Impressing And Three Who Are Underperforming

Three Premier League Managers Who Are Impressing And Three Who Are Underperforming
Oct 3, 2017

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Being a Premier League manager is hard. We can all sit in the stands, hurling and shrieking futile abuse at players such as “run faster” – a personal favourite of mine courtesy of a fellow Newcastle supporter. However, if any of us were put in the hottest seat in football, would we crumble?

The majority of us would most likely be sacked after a few games (We’re looking at you, Frank De Boer). Let’s take a look at some Premier League bosses who may, and certainly, may not be close to the boot.

Messrs Hodgson and De Boer have been left out of the list due to their lack of games, but here are three managers who have failed to inspire their respected teams thus far in the campaign.

3. Jürgen Klopp

Known for his charismatic and eccentric behaviour on the touchline, along with his great rapport with fans and the media, it may have gone unnoticed that the former Dortmund boss has won just 1 of his last 7 games in charge of the Reds. It seems the lovable German’s free-flowing, exciting attacking footballing philosophy has come at a great price defensively; so far conceding 12 goals this Premier League campaign – the fourth highest in the league.

Klopp’s inability to recognise that a defensive revamp was needed – the failure to land Saints want away Virgil van Dijk still ringing in his ears – is likely to be the crux of why Liverpool find themselves playing catch-up with the top four already. Even though the Redmen have only lost one game this season, winning 3 and drawing 3, a mixed bag is certainly not the start that Jürgen would have wanted.

2. Eddie Howe

The promising, up-and-coming English coach is very lucky not to be at the number one spot. The Cherries winning just one game thus far this season, losing five along the way, could soon put Howe in contention for one of the next managerial departures of the season. Big money signings Nathan Aké, Jermain Defoe and Asmir Begović have failed to impress in the first 7 games; conceding 12 and scoring only 4.

With Defoe disappointing on his return to his second ever club, as well as starlet striker Josh King not being able to replicate last season’s spectacular form for Bournemouth, Eddie may have a lot of questions to answer very soon.

1. Ronald Koeman

Dubbed potential Champions League contenders by many at the start of the season, Everton are yet to impress in all competitions this season. Their only victory being a 2-1 victory against fellow strugglers Bournemouth, intertwining with £140m worth of talent yet to truly put in a decent performance, Koeman’s motivational tactics have drastically failed and the Toffees find themselves hovering above the relegation zone.

The Dutchman’s ridiculous ‘kid in a sweet shop’ transfer tactics are nothing short of embarrassing – no adequate replacement for the ageing Leighton Baines and Ashley Williams, and no quality cover for the injured Seamus Coleman has left Everton vulnerable at the back. The temperamental starting XI seems to shapeshift every week- lacking consistency with no room to gel as a squad. All of this begs the question; how will Koeman get this team of fantastic individuals to work together?

It’s not all doom and gloom though- many teams have got off to an exceptional 2017/18 campaign. Whether it be high scorers or dazzling defensive displays, here are three managers who have been a huge success in steering the ship so far this season.

3. David Wagner

With everything to prove given Huddersfield Town achieved their promotion via the Playoffs, the Terriers were bookies favourites to be rock bottom of the Premier League come May. Wagner only adding three or four first-team starters to his squad essentially confirmed their relegation for many punters- but how wrong they have been so far.

Excellent, disciplined and consistent defensive displays have helped Wagner’s boys many times this season, notably their 3-0 silencing of strugglers Crystal Palace and their solid performances against mid-table rivals Leicester, Southampton and Burnley. Huddersfield have made the most tackles this season (154) and are joint third in clean sheets.

A trigger happy chairman may suggest the German’s tenure may come to an end if results don’t improve; Huddersfield managers only last 105 games on average-And Wagner is on his 89th.

2. Sean Dyche 

A limited transfer budget has not stopped Sean Dyche from improving his Burnley side by leaps and bounds; it’s their best ever start to a Premier League season, in the top 6 and unbeaten away from home. Defeating reigning champions Chelsea at the Bridge was a surprise to everyone, but Burnley have fought and clawed their way into being a mere 2 points off a Champions League spot.

Conceding just 5 goals this season, Burnley are not a team renowned for playing attractive and exciting football. If their defensive play continues to impress, and if new signing Chris Wood keeps up his recent unremitting performances, we may well see a new face in a European competition next season.

1. Pep Guardiola 

Seemingly reefed into a game of who’s-more-unstoppable with his Manchester counterpart José Mourinho, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side have made a blistering start to the new season. Unbeaten in all competitions, as well as scoring 22 and conceding just 2 goals in 7 Premier League games is a clear manifestation that Pep’s sky blues have finally clicked after a titleless 2016/17 campaign.

Guardiola’ transfer dealings have been sensible and just, investing heavily in a new defensive wing-back philosophy, in addition to youngsters Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sané showing their unequivocal quality early doors.

It is very difficult to see Mourinho’s United surpass this Guardiola team if their form stays the same, but never say never- it is the Premier League after all.

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