With the Premier League season coming to a close, much will be made of the players who have starred in the league, with an eye on this summer's World Cup. With a number of clubs looking to change managers, we'll take a look at which managers have enjoyed this season and those who have struggled. First up, positions 1-6.
Pellegrini was the champion of the 'holistic' approach when he came in at the start of the season. Claiming the title in his first year means the season can only be seen as a success and the promise of learning from two years ago and building on the squad means that he is very likely to enjoy a similar season next year.
The Champions League last-16 is City's best form in recent years, although it will be hoped that Pellegrini sorts his maths out ahead of next season, after failing to understand the permutations of the group stage this year the saw them drawn against Barcelona.
Seventh to second in a season means that Rodgers too must be seen as successful. Stubborn in keeping Luis Suarez and, much like Pellegrini, encouraging an attacking brand of football, the Liverpool manager has really improved his stock. The only real blight on this season is failing to win the title and Rodgers must look at how he failed to tighten-up his side when 3-1 up against Crystal Palace. With mid-week football next year, his challenge will become even greater.
Full of promise at the start of this season, yet it did not unfold quite as he would have hoped. Still full of the tactical acumen that he is famed for, against the top-sides his strategy was rarely found wanting. However against the lower-sides his side have frequently failed to put matches away, although a reflection on Mourinho will be better made after he is given the chance to add to his squad over the summer. Clearly still rattles other managers, as shown by Brendan Rodgers clearly biting after his side's loss to Mourinho's Blues.
His side spent the greatest amount of time at the summit of the table over the course of the season, but when it mattered they have been found wanting. The prospect of a trophy has pacified many fans, however this will be seen as a season that got away. Injuries have had their impact, but it is failure to add to their striking options that has surely killed Arsenal's season. Must look to address this and resolve injury treatment issues that continue to plague Arsenal.
Promised Champion's League football at his new club and might have failed to deliver it, but he has enjoyed a great season at Everton. With the experience gained this season they will surely be a proposition for next year, however much will depend on this year's loanees. Plays a positive style of football and perhaps deserved to pip Arsenal to forth place this year - although at the end of the day, the table doesn't lie.
A breath of fresh-air in the Premier League with his attitude towards managing, however Spurs' aim this season was top-four. Attacking attitude in early games was welcome and delivered results, however struggles at times belied that he may still be a little under prepared for management at the top. Got the best out of Emmanuel Adebayor and has seen the introduction of promising Harry Kane, so clearly has talent at man-management, although Sandro dispute may tarnish this.
Was brave in taking on such a big job first up, however had he bided his time for longer he may have been in a better position. Was relieved of his position by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, but has perhaps shown enough to manage a side in the lower divisions for now.
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