This season we have seen many managers in the Premier League due to the increased rate of sacking underperforming managers.
Some managers have proved their doubters wrong while others maintained their high standards. With four of the top six clubs changing managers at the end of the season, we look at the best managers of the season.
5. Andres Villas Boas (Tottenham)
The Portuguese native endured a torrid time at Chelsea but returned with Tottenham, proving his doubters wrong to some extent. Tottenham have been consistent this season and also went on their longest unbeaten run ever in the Premier League with 12 games without a loss.
Villas-Boas also beat Manchester United at Old Trafford, a feat unmatched by other Spurs managers for around two decades. Villas Boas brought in his own ideas at Spurs making them play fluid football with Bale being the focal point of their attacks. If Spurs end up finishing in the Champions League places this season, it will be deemed as a successful campaign for Villas Boas.
4. Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool)
Rodgers took the Anfield job knowing that his managerial decisions will be put into the spotlight more than ever. He didn't start his Liverpool tenure well losing 3-0 on the first day of the season but slowly Liverpool adapted to the style of play Rodgers deployed at his former club Swansea.
Eventually Liverpool became better and have started to play very attractive football, beating teams with style and finesse.
3. Michael Laudrup (Swansea)
Swansea were considered relegation contenders after their manager Brendan Rodgers left the club. It was expected that Swansea's style of football would become less attractive and the appointment of Laudrup to carry the Swans forward was a risky one but he has delivered.
Swansea have continued to play with flair and started the season with a 5-0 thrashing of QPR away. Laudrup also brought in some good players at small fees such as Ki, De Guzman, Michu and Pablo Hernandez with Michu making the biggest impact at the club. Swansea also won the Capital One Cup this season, winning emphatically in the final. With a stable position in the league and a place in Europe next season, Swansea have evolved under Laudrup.
2. Steve Clarke (West Brom)
West Brom brought Steve Clarke at the helm, who was never a first team manager until now. Clarke was an assistant coach for most of his managerial career and the sudden jump to manager was testing for Clarke. With West Brom having an average squad, it was expected that they would be in a relegation battle but Clarke proved doubters wrong, starting the season in emphatic style with a 3-0 victory over Liverpool.
Clarke then continued this form and made West Brom shock contenders for Europe in mid-season. West Brom were as high as third under Clarke and 14 wins out of 37 games is a good record for West Brom and Clarke.
1. Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
His last season at the helm, Ferguson has signed off in style snatching the Premier League title back from noisy neighbours City. Ferguson's start to the season was wobbly with defeats to Everton, Spurs and Norwich but then United went on an 18 game unbeaten run eventually sealing the title with four games to spare. It’s rare to see United win the league so easily even though their rivals have bundles of talent, highlighting the excellent management of the Scot. With a 13th Premier League title in the bag for Ferguson, he can retire knowing that he was the best manager in England in his final season.
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