As the end of the season nears, key decisions are reflected upon. Many managers have been dismissed this season, but which decisions have paid dividends?
Have the new managers appointed in the Premier League this season been success or failures? Let's find out...
Tottenham- Tim Sherwood
Daniel Levy obviously decided that enough was enough after the 5-0 thrashing Spurs received from Liverpool in December and Andre Villas-Boas was out of the Tottenham job after less than 18 months in charge.
Louis Van Gaal was mentioned, but Levy opted for a less experienced coach in Tim Sherwood to replace AVB and handed him an 18-month contract. It all started very well for Sherwood, however after thrashings from Chelsea and Liverpool, many have criticised him too.
Things have stayed relatively the same since AVB was dismissed and the situation has improved only slightly.
Crystal Palace- Tony Pulis
Out of all the managers on this list, this is probably the easiest decision of them all. People are even talking about Pulis winning the Manager of the Season award after dragging Palace out of the situation they were stuck in. Palace are virtually safe now and Pulis has been fantastic.
Swansea City- Garry Monk
Michael Laudrup built on the success that Brendan Rodgers achieved at Swansea and went on to win the Capital One Cup in his first season as manager. However, as dressing room unrest began to negatively affect team spirit, Laudrup was sacked.
Monk has had a tough job as he has never before experienced being a manager and his low 15.38% win rate reflects this. I think Monk was given the job to stay in the league, but results have not been acceptable.
West Brom- Pepe Mel
Steve Clarke's sacking was a huge surprise and Mel was given the task of preserving West Brom's Premier League status for next season. After a series of draws and a couple of wins, Mel has guided WBA into 16th place with 33 points from 33 games.
With the task Mel has been given, he hasn't done much wrong.
Norwich- Neil Adams
This is simply impossible to judge because Adams has only been in charge for one game. Norwich have a tough fixture list ahead and one wonders about the timing of Chris Hughton's sacking.
Fulham- Felix Magath
Felix Magath is the third Fulham manafer of the season after Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen. After a late surge and overcoming Norwich in the must win game on the weekend, I believe that they will survive relegation.
If this turns out to be the case, then Magath will be regarded as a success.
Cardiff City- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Previous manager Malky Mackay was controversially sacked after rows with Vincent Tan and Solskjaer has not been able to grind out the same results that Mackay did. Cardiff are almost certainly heading back to the Championship and Tan probably regrets his decision.
Sunderland- Gus Poyet
Poyet took over at Sunderland after the strict regime of controversial former manager Paolo di Canio broke down.
Poyet guided the Black Cats out of the relegation zone and looked to keep them up in the Premier League. However, after the recent rot, Sunderland lie in 20th place, needing a miracle to stay up.
It is hard to judge this decision because Poyet did brilliantly to lead Sunderland to the Capital One Cup final and to improve conditions at the club. However, it seems as if Poyet will not be able keep Sunderland in the Premier League for next season, and so hasn't fulfilled the role required.
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