Every Premier League manager has been ranked into four tiers


The sacking of Nigel Pearson over the weekend shocked everyone.

Watford were bottom when he took over in December but, with two matches remaining, they sit three points clear of the relegation zone.

Something obviously happened behind closed doors that we’re yet to hear about.

With Pearson gone, it leaves 19 managers remaining in the  for now.

While it’s becoming clear which three sides will be getting relegated this season, one outlet has decided to rank the current bosses.

Cheeky Sport put the 19 managers into four tiers - and it’s fair to say that their ranking has upset many football fans.

Let’s take you through their ranking before we show you some of the reaction:

Tier 1: Jurgen Klopp

Manager of the champions of England, Europe and the world. When Klopp took over as Liverpool boss in October 2015, they weren’t even competing for European places. Now, they’re the best side in the world. Klopp might be the best manager in the world - not just the Premier League.


Tier 2: Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo, Brendan Rodgers, Frank Lampard

Guardiola will consider himself unfortunate to share this tier with the likes of Rodgers and Lampard. The Spaniard has won everything there is to win in the game - as well as claiming back-to-back Premier League titles earning 198 points in the process. To have him in the same tier of the inexperienced Lampard is pretty shocking. Nuno has done a great job at Wolves but he can’t be considered on Guardiola’s level. Once upon a time, Mourinho probably should have been in tier 1 but he’s fortunate to find himself in tier 2. Those that have watched Leicester recently will argue that Rodgers doesn’t really belong here, either.


Tier 3: Mikel Arteta, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Carlo Ancelotti, Chris Wilder, David Moyes, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Sean Dyche, Steve Bruce, Roy Hodgson

Blimey, this is a real mixed bag. Arteta and Solskjaer are relatively unproven but have shown signs of their managerial ability this season. While Ancelotti has been there and done it. Surely he should be tier 2!? Wilder should probably win Manager of the Year with his Sheffield United side fighting for European qualification. Hassenhuttl has also shown his talent, transforming this Southampton side from relegation fodder to a decent mid-table team. Dyche and Bruce may not play the best football with Burnley and Newcastle respectively but they have had relative success this season. It’s been another pretty nondescript campaign for Hodgson’s Palace, while Moyes is maybe lucky to be in the company of some of the aforementioned managers.


Tier 4: Eddie Howe, Graham Potter, Dean Smith, Daniel Farke

All four are promising managers but Howe, Smith and Farke look likely to be managing in the Championship next season - unless they’re sacked. Potter is unlucky to be in the bottom category considering his Brighton side play some really nice football and he’s guided them to safety.

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