Ranking Each Premier League Manager Based On Their Club’s Wage Spend This Season

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Ranking Each Premier League Manager Based On Their Club’s Wage Spend This Season

Every Premier League manager has been measured against their club's wage spend to show who is the biggest overachiever - and underachiever - this season.

SPORTbible has taken each club's estimated wage bill and compared that to where the club stand this season (in terms of points per game).

The end result is that two Premier League managers are massively overperforming: Marcelo Bielsa of Leeds United and Southampton's Ralph Hasenhuttl.


Bielsa's club are 19th in the wages table but Leeds are 12th in terms of PPG. So Bielsa gets a +7 rating for being seven places above where you'd expect his team to be based on finances.

Hasenhuttl also scores a +7 as - after a 1-0 win over Liverpool - Saints are eighth in the PPG standings, despite having only the 15th highest wage bill in the division.

On the other end of the scale, Mikel Arteta (-9) is currently overseeing the biggest bunch of underachievers in the league with Arsenal nine places below where they should be.


Frank Lampard (-6) is also struggling: no surprise as Chelsea invested over £200 million on new players last summer - with salaries to match. Yet the Blues are only ninth in the PPG standings.

Despite Liverpool's recent struggles, Jurgen Klopp (+4) is still outperforming where his side should be as clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all have a higher estimated wage bill than the champions.

There's also a neat bit of symmetry that the club with the highest wage bill, Manchester United, are now first in the PPG table. While the club with by far the lowest wage bill, Sheffield United, are 20th.

So, in other words, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Chris Wilder are achieving exactly what they should be this season. Though it probably feels much nicer to be in Ole's shoes rather than Wilder's right now.


The full wages-against-PPG table for the Premier League is below.

Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds) +7

Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton) +7


Brendan Rodgers (Leicester) +5

Dean Smith (Aston Villa) +4

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) +4

Carlo Ancelotti (Everton) +2


Sean Dyche (Burnley) +1

Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolves) +1

Pep Guardiola (Man City) +1

Chris Wilder (Sheffield United) 0

David Moyes (West Ham) 0

Jose Mourinho (Tottenham) 0

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Man United) 0

Slaven Bilic/Sam Allardyce (West Brom) -1

Graham Potter (Brighton) -1

Steve Bruce (Newcastle) -3

Scott Parker (Fulham) -5

Frank Lampard (Chelsea) -6

Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace) -7

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) -9

You can see each club's estimated wage bill for 2020/21 here.

Does this ranking match-up with how you think each manager is performing? Let us know in the comments.

All imagery: PA Images

Topics: Frank Lampard, Chris Wilder, Football News, Marcelo Bielsa, Football Lists, Football, Premier League, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Jurgen Klopp, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mikel Arteta

Alex Reid
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