Top 10 Most Brilliant Managers in Premier League (2015/2016 season)
#10 Roberto Martinez
After an excellent first season with the Toffees, Roberto Martinez’s second was anything but. This season has had a little of both. At times, his Everton side has looked exceptional, recording famous wins against Chelsea in the Premier League, and Manchester City in the Capital One Cup. He’s brought in young players like John Stones, Brendan Galloway, and Gerard Deulofeu, all of which are performing very well. Along with that, Romelu Lukaku is starting to look like one of the best strikers in the Premier League. The Toffees have had some trouble with injuries and the result was some inconsistency. But they’ve been on form, Martinez’s side have looked exceptional.
#9 Manuel Pellegrini
In an excellent summer transfer window, Manuel Pellegrini signed some of the best footballers on the planet. Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi, and Kevin De Bruyne were all brought to Manchester City for enormous sums of money and all of them have showed their considerable talents at times this season. However much like Man City themselves, those three players have been largely excellent and occasionally poor. There has been a lot of good about Man City this season, they’ve won a lot of games, scored a lot of goals, and they finally seem to have adapted to the Champions League. But City still looks very brittle and easy to beat when Vincent Kompany isn’t playing. A club as rich as Man City should not have such a dependence on one player, especially when the centre back partnership of Otamendi and Mangala is the most expensive assembled in football history. The blame must lie with Manuel Pellegrini.
#8 Alan Pardew
In recent seasons, Crystal Palace have been potential relegation candidates, but now they have one of the most exciting attacking sides in the division. They’re stacked with quality in attacking positions, and especially on the wings. Yannick Bolasie on one side and Wilfried Zaha on the other is a combination that any side in the division should fear. Add to that a midfield three of the excellent Yohan Cabaye, James McArthur, and Jason Puncheon, and Crystal Palace have quite a team. Their form has suffered in the past month, but this has undoubtedly been a very good season for Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew.
#7 Eddie Howe
After winning promotion to the Premier League with his beloved A.F.C. Bournemouth, Eddie Howe sought about signing some quality for his small and underfunded squad. The exciting signings of winger Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings were made and both picked up serious injuries within the first few weeks of the season. Mings’ injury came just six minutes into his debut. However there was some cause for optimism in those first few weeks of the season as striker Calum Wilson scored 5 goals in his opening 7 games until he suffered yet another serious injury. Bournemouth suffered 8 defeats in their opening 12 games and looked destined for relegation. Since then however, they seem to have turned things around. The Bournemouth players look so united and willing to work hard for each other. Bournemouth won back-to-back games against Chelsea and Manchester United and have climbed steadily up the table. With the new signing of £10 million man Benik Afobe, A.F.C. Bournemouth and Eddie Howe might just do it.
#6 Quique Sanchez Flores
Quique Sanchez Flores was in a very unique situation at the start of the season, not many managers enter a new club that has just won promotion. And after Watford signed 16 players in the summer, nobody quite knew what to expect from them this season so their impressive form has been very surprising. The incredible form of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney has helped obviously, but the entire team is performing well. From former laughing stock Heurelho Gomes in goals, Craig Cathcart in defence and the excellent Etienne Capoue in midfield, Watford has a very impressive side and Flores deserves recognition.
#5 Slaven Bilic
After a respectable finish last season, West Ham parted company with Sam Allardyce after constant discontent from supporters about the manager’s playing style. In the summer, former player Slaven Bilic and the Hammers haven’t looked back. Some quality was added in the transfer window – most importantly Dimitri Payet – and Bilic recorded a very impressive win away at Arsenal in his first game. West Ham later beat Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea in an incredible spell of form before Payet’s injury greatly hindered their form. The Frenchman is back, and West Ham’s form seems to have followed suit as they push for Europe in the final part of season. Bilic has his side playing exciting attacking football, and Dimitri Payet is the embodiment of this.
#4 Mark Hughes
The transformation of Stoke City under Mark Hughes has been incredible. Their former reputation as a tough tackling group of rugby players is long since outdated. Stoke City now have players like Bojan, Ibrahim Afellay, and Xherdan Shaqiri, when just a few seasons ago, the thought of that happening was laughable. Stoke now play a fast moving counter attack, and Mark Hughes has got his players performing well each week. The form of Jack Butland and Marko Arnautovic must be especially pleasing for the Welshman. Both have been written off at times in their careers, but under Hughes the pair are now playing their way into consideration for the team of the season. Mark Hughes deserves a lot of credit as his Stoke side sits high in the table.
#3 Arsene Wenger
After winning his second successive F.A. Cup, Arsene Wenger only added Petr Cech to his Arsenal side as they set their sights on the Premier League title. The decision was widely criticised but the Czech’s ability certainly was not once he started playing. After a shaky start, Cech and Arsenal both showed their qualities as they headed for the top of the table. Arsenal has looked incredible at times this season, and the form of Mesut Ozil has put him into consideration for the PFA Player of the Season award. Arsenal have scored a lot of goals, looked sound defensively, and picked up a lot of points in spite of their injury problems. Wenger has added Egyptian Mohamad Elneny to Arsenal’s midfield in the January window as they prepare for a final title push in the coming months.
#2 Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham Hostpur has looked very impressive in Maurico Pochettino’s second season at the club. The summer signings of Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld have slotted seamlessly into the Spurs team and both are having exceptional first seasons for the club. Harry Kane has found his scoring touch again after a shaky start, and midfielders Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, and Son Hueng-Min are chipping in with goals. Tottenham have the best defence in the Premier League after conceding just 19 goals. They currently sit fourth in the table, just five points behind leaders Arsenal and are capitalising on the poor form of Manchester United and Chelsea in the fight for fourth place. Pochettino deserves a lot of credit for assembling one of the best young squads in the Premier League.
#1 Claudio Ranieri
The best manager in the Premier League this season has undoubtedly been Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri. Leicester has gone from being relegation candidates to title challengers as they sit top of the Premier League table. The form of players like Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, and N’Golo Kante has been exceptional, but Ranieri deserves special credit for building a side around them. Ranieri speaks calmly, he promises to buy his players pizza if they keep a clean sheet, and their squad is stacked with quality players who fight to the end of every match. Claudio Ranieri and Leicester City are the story of the 2015/16 season.
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