Leicester have a talented first XI but being two points off top spot after 19 games - above Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham - is still a huge achievement. So a grinning Brendan sits top of SPORTbible's TierMaker list.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in 'Elite Class' having silenced his critics by firing Manchester United up the table. He's joined by Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti and - just about - Jurgen Klopp. Controversial, as Liverpool are struggling badly, but Klopp is having to handle a nasty run of injuries - and LFC are clinging to a top-four spot. For now.
In the so-so 'Nothing Special' category sits Jose Mourinho. Tottenham's league place isn't bad but Spurs fans will be frustrated by the points dropped from winning positions and the often uninspiring football (when Harry Kane and Son Heung-min aren't working their magic).
Better news for David Moyes, Dean Smith, Marcelo Bielsa and Ralph Hasenhuttl who have all massively 'Overachieved' given their club's resources.
Moyes has taken West Ham to their best ever Premier League points tally after 19 games. And while Bielsa divides opinions, his Leeds United side sit far above fellow promoted clubs Fulham and West Brom.
Putting Nuno Espirito Santo in the 'Poor' category is a bitter pill, because he's been amazing overall at Wolves. But, while he couldn't control Raul Jimenez's nasty head injury, it was partly Nuno's choice to start the season with one experienced striker. Wolves are paying for that.
Chris Wilder is another who has done a tremendous job long term. But he's in 'Awful' this season, because what else can you call Sheffield United's five points from 19 games?
He's joined by Mikel Arteta, who is actually starting to turn things around. But eight league defeats and struggling in the bottom half of the table for most of the season is simply never good enough for Arsenal.
However no manager is failing as badly as Frank Lampard at Chelsea, unfortunately. The Blues blew the budget in 2020, spending over £200 million on German international attackers, a new goalkeeper and more.
But they're eighth in the table, nowhere near the title picture and - worryingly - performances seem to be getting worse rather than better. At least Frank has a famously patient owner. Doesn't he? Oh.
SPORTbible's TierMaker ranking for every Premier League manager, based on the first half of 2020/21, is below
MOTY: Brendan Rodgers
Elite Level: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp
Overachieved: David Moyes, Dean Smith, Marcelo Bielsa, Ralph Hasenhuttl
Nothing Special: Jose Mourinho, Roy Hodgson, Sean Dyche, Scott Parker
Poor: Nuno Espirito Santo, Graham Potter, Sam Allardyce, Slaven Bilic
Awful: Steve Bruce, Mikel Arteta, Chris Wilder
Sacked Soon: Frank Lampard
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