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Top 5: Overrated Premier League managers

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Is Brendan Rodgers overrated? (©GettyImages)
Is Brendan Rodgers overrated? (©GettyImages).

There's often discussion on the most overrated and underrated football players, but the topic very rarely switches to managers.

Considering they are the people that are almost always held responsible for the success or shortcomings of their team, why is that?

GiveMeSport's Adam Williams lists his top five overrated current Premier League bosses. Do you agree?

5. Roberto Martinez

Most people hold the view that Martinez overachieved at Wigan with a very limited transfer kitty and few resources, but I'm not so sure. Small budget or not, the last three Premier League campaigns have been nothing but torture for Latics fans, with the club fighting desperately to avoid the drop for three consecutive seasons on the bounce.

Now a Championship side, the man that led them there has picked up the Everton job, a club apparently looking to progress into the Champions League. Martinez did incredibly well to win the FA Cup, and for that he deserves a lot of credit, but have Everton really chosen the right man to take them into Europe, or have they overestimated the Spaniards ability? His track record suggests the latter.

4. Andre Villas-Boas

Villas-Boas arrived in England with a glowing reputation and was hailed as one of the most talented young managers in football, but has he lived up to that reputation?

He had an unsuccessful stint at Chelsea and was dismissed by the club after less than a year in charge, but the Portugese was handed a Premier League lifeline by Tottenham following their sacking of Harry Redknapp.

While he's only been in the job one season, Villas-Boas has failed to meet Spurs' target of Champions League football. 

For one of the brightest managerial talents on the planet, you'd have thought at least reaching the Champions League wouldn't be too much to ask, especially when Spurs have one of the best players in the world in Gareth Bale on their books.

I think there is enormous pressure on Villas-Boas to propel Spurs into the top four this season, and should they fall short once more, questions may be asked of the 35-year-old.

3. Mark Hughes

Despite a horrendous final season at Queens Park Rangers, Hughes has walked straight into another job at Stoke City, but just why have the Potters chosen him?

The Welshman has had plenty of money to spend at two of his previous clubs, QPR and Manchester City, but has nothing to show for it having been sacked by both of them.

Now at a club tipped for relegation by some, and with little money to spend, it appears a recipe for disaster. Hughes is highly thought of in footballing circles, that's why he continues to pick up big jobs, but has he earned that reputation, or is he overrated?

I think the next few seasons will give us a more definite answer, but for me he's had plenty of opportunities to prove himself and hasn't taken them.

2. David Moyes

After 15 years as a manager and without a major trophy to his name, Moyes has just landed the toughest and arguably the biggest job in world football.

Manchester United have taken a huge gamble in appointing the Scot, and one many believe will backfire. Moyes is a shrewd manager who has turned Everton into a stable Premier League club, but many doubt his ability to lead such a high calibre team like United.

While Moyes can be praised for what he did at Everton, the bottom line is that he's never won anything, and considering clubs such as Birmingham and Wigan managed to claim silverware when they were on the verge of relegation, there isn't much defence for Moyes on that front.

I personally don't think Moyes is a big enough character to handle the pressure that comes with managing a top club, but only time will tell whether Moyes is up to the task, or whether United have made a huge mistake in appointing the 50-year-old.

1. Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers is seen by many as an astute manager and is highly regarded by his Premier League colleagues, all stemming back to his time at Swansea City.

Rodgers guided the club to the Premier League, making history in the process as they became the first Welsh club ever to play in the division. Swansea's success rightly earned Rodgers praise, and it wasn't long before Liverpool came calling.

His first season in charge of the Merseyside club has been hugely disappointing, a 7th place finish (and below Everton) in the league, a 4th round exit in both the FA Cup and League Cup, and an early departure in the Europa League.

To rub salt into the wounds, Rodgers previous club Swansea managed to win the League Cup in new boss Michael Laudrup's first season. Liverpool's squad boasts many talented footballers, and they are a club that should be looking to break into the top four.

Instead of further strengthening the squad he has inherited, Rodgers has recruited mediocre players. Is Joe Allen really capable of delivering Champions League football? What about Iago Aspas? Has anyone even heard of the latter?

For me, the aforementioned points make Brendan Rodgers the most overrated manager in the Premier League. Post your top five in the comments section.

 

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