Every Premier League Manager Has Been Ranked In Four Tiers From Best To Worst
Every full-time Premier League manager has been ranked in a four-tier pyramid, from one manager at the top to the top flight's worst bosses at the bottom.
After the surprise sacking of Nigel Pearson by Watford, with Hayden Mullins returning as caretaker coach, that means 19 managers overall have been ranked by Cheeky Sport.
Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp is in a league of his own at first place, but fans have reacted with shock to the placings of Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Lampard, Sean Dyche and others. The four tiers are divided as follows.
Top tier: Jurgen Klopp
Even with Liverpool not quite getting a record-breaking points total to end to the league season, it's undeniably been an amazing job overall by the charismatic German.
Liverpool were 10th in the Premier League when Klopp took over five years ago - now the Reds are top of the league, confirmed champions when they still had seven games to play. Say no more.
Second tier: Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo, Brendan Rodgers, Frank Lampard
This is where the rankings get more controversial. Obviously Guardiola is an elite-level manager by any standard - but if you're doing it based on this season's results, clearly his Manchester City side have underperformed in the league based on expectations.
Yet while Lampard, Nuno and even Rodgers (until Leicester's recent drop off) have had strong campaigns it's a head-scratcher to put them and Pep in the same category alongside Mourinho, however you're choosing to separate them.
Historically, Jose has the CV of an all-time great. But - even with Tottenham's recent upturn in form - many fans wouldn't have Pep and Jose in the same category as coaches in 2020.
Third tier: Mikel Arteta, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Carlo Ancelotti, Chris Wilder, David Moyes, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Sean Dyche, Steve Bruce, Roy Hodgson
The most random tier yet as three-time Champions League winner Ancelotti mixes company with Man United's former chosen one Moyes. Admittedly, King Carlo is yet to fully make his mark at Everton - and his reputation has slid slightly in recent years - but it's strange to see his name alongside that of, say, Steve Bruce.
:flag_black: Premier League managers Tier 1-4- CheekySport (@CheekySport) July 20, 2020
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This category is a random mix of overachievers with small clubs - Dyche and Wilder for example - and managers at huge clubs who are yet to fully prove themselves one way or another in Solskjaer and Arteta. Frankly, you can see how some fans are a bit confused.
Bottom tier: Eddie Howe, Graham Potter, Dean Smith, Daniel Farke
The four lowest-ranked managers here can each make an argument they've been harshly treated. Potter has secured Brighton's safety - his main target - while Smith now has Aston Villa out of the drop zone, which will be a remarkable turnaround if they can cling on to 17th spot.
Admittedly, Howe's Bourneouth and, in particular, Farke's Norwich have looked pretty abject this season. But both managers retain the respect of their fans: Howe for the long-term job he has done building the Cherries, while Farke is seen as having overachieved to get Norwich into the top flight in the first place on a limited budget.
Here's how fans on social media reacted to the ranking.
Can't argue with Klopp out on his own, but Pep probably deserves his own tier 1.5 haha.- B P Smyth (@BenSmyth94) July 20, 2020
Seems very harsh on Graham Potter, who's done a very good job at Brighton. Carlo and Wilder can maybe also feel hard done by?
I'll leave the Lampard agenda aside for now...
So Pep wins back to back Premier Leagues only done by him, Fergie and Jose is tier 2 below Klopp. You lot ought to be blocked and unsuscribed.- Uncle Pep (@uncle_pep) July 20, 2020
Putting Chris wilder tier 3- James Islip (@islip_james) July 20, 2020
how are dyche, ancellotti and wilder on the same level as moyes?- abi (@bfcabii) July 20, 2020
What do you think of Cheeky Sport's placings? Fair, unfair or possibly insane?
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