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Premier League 2020/21 manager report-card ‘Manager Of The Year’ To ‘Total Failure’.

Premier League 2020/21 manager report-card ‘Manager Of The Year’ To 'Total Failure’.

Premier League bosses have been listed on their 2020/21 performance, with David Moyes named ‘Manager of the Year’ while Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho are identified as ‘Total Failures’.

The TierMaker ranking, put together by SPORTbible, can’t overlook that The Moyesiah came in to manage a relegation-threatened club up last summer and wasn’t demanded to do a lot more this term. So finishing sixth – ahead of Tottenham, Arsenal, and Everton – while pursuing the Champions League spots for much of the campaign is a huge success.

Pep Guardiola’s side won the Premier League in fashion, of course, so he’s clearly in the ‘Excellent’ class along with his great mentor, Marcelo Bielsa. While the two other elevated clubs went right back down, the Argentinian took Leeds United to ninth. Enormous.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also overawed many skeptics by achieving second, while Jurgen Klopp may be a questionable pick here given Liverpool’s exertions. But to take a team whose defense really was decimated by injuries (not that it was mentioned much…) to the third spot is a genuinely powerful shot.

On the other end of the computation, Mike Arteta’s Arsenal finishing ninth and losing 13 league games is simply not good sufficient, so he ends up in ‘Poor’.

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But at least Arteta is above old friends Frank and Jose. Lampard’s leaky Chelsea were ninth when he left and Thomas Tuchel made an immediate impression – but it isn’t just the results that make this a ‘Total Disaster’.

It’s that Lampard taking the Chelsea job too early in his career makes it very challenging for him to get it in the future (when he might be better prepared), which is a disgrace for a true club legend.

Mourinho’s downfall at Tottenham isn’t just about results either; just ask any Spurs fan how they felt about his disheartening tenure at the club.

On the ‘Underrated’ scale sits a rebellious Steve Bruce. Newcastle may be a jumble, but he’s ended up 12th – higher than the likes of Wolves, Southampton, and Brighton with far more recommended coaches – and warrants credit.

As does Dean Smith for the fine job he’s done at Aston Villa and, overall, the departing Roy Hodgson has made Crystal Palace a traditional Premier League outlay which they hadn’t really been previously.

‘Overrated’ has to include, sadly, King Carlo Ancelotti. An all-time great manager, of course, but is 10th place really good enough for Everton (even if the squad is a bit imbalanced)? We’d debate it is not.

The same goes for Ralph Hasenhuttl, who gets a lot of applause but saw his side ship 68 goals (only West Brom conceded more), while Scott Parker got a lot of approvals – including from Sir Alex Ferguson – for his team’s method of play. But the hard reality is 28 points is a miserable total.

The complete SPORTbible rankings are below.

Manager of the Year:

David Moyes

Excellent:

Pep Guardiola, Marcelo Bielsa, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Brendan Rodgers, Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp

Underrated: Steve Bruce, Dean Smith, Roy Hodgson

Solid:

Graham Potter, Nuno Espirito Santo, Sean Dyche, Ryan Mason

Overrated:

Carlo Ancelotti, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Scott Parker

Poor:

Mikel Arteta, Sam Allardyce, Chris Wilder, Paul Heckingbottom, Slaven Bilic

Total Failure:

Frank Lampard, Jose Mourinho

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