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Rating the best and the worst Premier League managers from the 2017/18 season


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The Premier League season is at a climax.

The title has gone to Manchester and the top 4 has been decided. It's a good time to look back on the managerial performances from the season, the best and the worst.

The Good:

Pep Guardiola:

The obvious starting point. After a difficult first season, it's fair to say the Spaniard was under pressure to really deliver this season. Whilst some will say a transfer spend of £300 million should mean domination, without the right manager, that can be a disaster.

Pep's City has lit up the league this season, performing maybe some of the best football we've ever seen. City broke the points record and even hit the century mark, which is some achievement. 

Whilst his recruitment was heavy, he has completely changed the face of City and now has possibly a platform to dominate for years. No side has retained the Premier League for over 10 years, with the last 2 managers being sacked the following season and that trend looks set to continue with Antonio Conte set to leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

It'll be interesting to see if Guardiola can break the trend next season.

Grade: 10/10

Sean Dyche:

You probably need to look twice before realising Burnley sit 7th in the league and set for European football next season, that's something we never thought we'd be saying.

It is fair to say Sean Dyche has done something very special this season and on the other end to City's heavy spending, actually spent less than he bought in through player sales.

Burnley's spend of just over £30 million in the summer was a modest amount, with the majority spent on striker Chris Wood and midfielder Jack Cork.

Burnley have become difficult to play against, not only at Turf Moor but also away from home, notching 7 victories, a stark difference from the 1 of last season and only losing 5 times on the road all season. With European football on the horizon, next season could provide more difficult but Dyche and Burney will relish the challenge. 

Grade: 9/10

Rafa Benitez:

A summer full of speculation and a winter of torrid results, it really is a miracle to say Newcastle are safe, finishing with a top half finish with 10th. Newcastle's transfer activity in the summer was average at best, with Rafa often voicing his anger, having missed out on several top targets, something that followed in January.

Results in the winter suggested a relegation struggle, especially at St James' Park. Traditionally a hard place to play at, Newcastle failed to a win a single game between October and February.

However, a 1-0 win over Manchester United seemed to change fortunes, with victories coming thick and fast after, including home wins against Arsenal, Southampton and Huddersfield. Whilst another summer of discontent and speculation over the managers future looks certain, it is safe to say in Rafa Newcastle have a very special manager.

Grade: 8/10

The Bad:

Alan Pardew:

"No offence to Pardew, but at least now we know what we're doing when we go out on the pitch." These were the words of West Brom winger James Mclean, following another win for Darren Moore's West Brom at Newcastle in April. You really have to wonder 'what if?' had West Brom removed Pardew earlier. Pardew's time at West Brom was mounted with troubles, most famously a trip abroad, that ended in disaster. 

Pardew took over from Tony Pullis in November with West Brom 17th. Pardew left in April, with the club at the foot of the table having mustered just one win from 19 games and leaving West Brom a mountain to climb to try and ensure Premier League safety. It's safe to say this was possibly one of the worst Premier League managerial appointments in history.

Grade: 1/10

Antonio Conte:

Following last seasons heroics, Chelsea and Conte have had contrasting fortunes this season with the club set to miss out on the top 4 for the second time in three years. 

The summer was full of discontent, with Conte constantly voicing frustrations over the club's transfer policy and reportedly missing out on several first-choice targets, something that appeared to repeat itself in January. 

Chelsea began the season poorly. However, victories soon became more frequent with wins against the likes of Spurs and Manchester United. Whilst it seemed a repeat of last season was impossible, the top 4 was looking achievable. However, fortunes turned, with hammering defeats from Bournemouth and Watford the highlight of a torrid winter. Chelsea finished in fifth and manager Conte looks set to leave the club this summer.

Grade 3/10

Notable Mentions:

Roy Hodgson deserves a mention. Coming into a Palace side winless and goalless with the England failure hanging upon him. However, the side's hammering of Leicester ensured safety for the South London outfit. 

With Premier League safety confirmed, David Wagner has done a magnificent job at Huddersfield. The boss's stock will be very high.

Other flops would include Frank De Boer, who only lasted four games and Arsene Wenger, whose Arsenal side finished sixth, their lowest finish for over 20 years. 

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