Ten Hag, Gerrard, Klopp, Guardiola: Ranking 2022/23 Premier League managers

Ten Hag managing Man Utd.

The 2022/23 Premier League season is almost upon us and 20 of the world’s best managers will be aiming to get their hands on the coveted trophy.

Well, that is until expectations level out and avoiding relegation or qualifying for Europe become the aim of the game, but you catch our drift.

England’s top-flight is arguably the strongest its been across the 21st century and that’s reflected in the quality of its coaching, too, with a seeming monopoly on the world’s best two – or even three, four or five depending on your point of view – managers in the men’s game right now.

2022/23 Premier League coaches

As such, you just know that we couldn’t resist ranking the current batch of Premier League bosses in the best way we know how: the medium of Tiermaker.

Besides, while all 20 coaches are all vastly talented individuals worthy of praise, you’re simply lying if you don’t think that certain coaches are better than others.

So, we’ve ranked each of them into categories ranging from ‘Sacked soon’ to ‘World-class’ with five rungs in between: ‘Middle of the road’, ‘Criminally underrated’, ‘Potential greatness’, ‘Top, top coach’ and ‘Elite’.

Now, please bear in mind that the selections ultimately come down to the opinion of yours truly, which isn’t necessarily the correct one, so be sure to let us know your thoughts on the matter across our various social channels too.

And also consider that the titles and definitions of the tiers are more important than their order. Placing one coach in a tier ‘above’ another doesn’t automatically mean that they’re superior; you’ll see what we mean in due course.

Liverpool's Klopp celebrates.
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Ranking 2022/23 Premier League managers

Right then, let’s leave the housekeeping and disclaimers at the door because we’ve got some ranking to do, and you can check out how the 2022/23 Premier League managers stacked up in our eyes down below:

Sacked soon

Ralph Hasenhüttl and Jesse Marsch

Look, the sacking of managers is hideously trivialised in football and don’t think for a second that we’re calling for anyone’s head to roll, but the statistics don’t lie: there’s an average of 8.8 managerial changes per Premier League season.

As such, we’ve got to pick somebody to go before Christmas and you really do get the sense that time is running out for Hasenhüttl at Southampton having been panned by great swathes of the fanbase near the end of last season.

Ending their 2021/22 campaign with nine losses from 12 league games means that anything less than an electric start to the new term could see the Saints want to freshen things up after four years under Hasenhüttl.

Elsewhere, we’re predicting a tough season ahead for Leeds in the post-Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips era that could see them sitting in the relegation zone going into the festive period, duly leading to a change in the dugout.

Leeds' Marsch celebrates.
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Middle of the road

Scott Parker, Marco Silva and Frank Lampard

There is absolutely no shame in being ‘middle of the road’ when the premise is being a coach in arguably the world’s best league and make no mistake that each of these managers could easily kick on during 2022/23.

Nevertheless, we can’t escape the fact that Parker and Silva have their backs against the wall this season with Bournemouth and Fulham widely tipped for relegation, so they really will have to dig deep to dodge the dreaded P45.

As for Lampard, the Everton coach is often lazily lambasted by fans on social media when actually, his managerial career is a lot more impressive than most people will let on with dodging the drop last season proving no small feat.

That being said, given the standard of coaching the Chelsea icon’s up against this year, we do want to see him take Everton to that next level before we start promoting him to the very highest of tiers.

Lampard oversees Everton.
Soccer Football – Pre Season Friendly – A match for peace and the end of war in Ukraine – Everton v Dynamo Kyiv – Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain – July 29, 2022 Everton manager Frank Lampard Action Images via Reuters/Molly Darlington

Criminally underrated

Steve Cooper, Mikel Arteta and Thomas Frank

As we explained in our disclaimers, the definition of the tier is more important than the order, so don’t think for a second that we think Arteta barely avoids a place amongst the Premier League’s five worst managers.

Rather, we think that his achievements and project at Arsenal have been vastly underrated amongst overly-reactive hyperbole where some fans act as though the Gunners are only ever two winless games away from catastrophe.

Meanwhile, across London, answer us this: when have you heard Frank credited for the frankly brilliant achievement of leading Brentford to 13th place in their debut Premier League season? Not enough, that’s when.

And finally, there’s a lot of fans who are only just learning of Cooper’s transformative impact at the City Ground, so don’t expect his exciting, swift and possession-based footballing philosophy to fly under the radar for much longer.

Frank coaching Brentford.
Soccer Football – Pre Season Friendly – VfB Stuttgart v Brentford – VfB-Stadion, Friedrichshafen, Germany – July 16, 2022 Brentford manager Thomas Frank REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Potential greatness

Steven Gerrard, Patrick Vieira and Bruno Lage

So, yes, every single manager in the Premier League yet to achieve greatness has the potential to do so, but we just have a sneaky suspicion that these three coaches have a better chance than most.

Besides, let’s face it, something just feels so right about the vision that Gerrard will become Liverpool manager next and really make waves in the Premier League, particularly if he can kick on at Villa Park this season.

Elsewhere, the project that Vieira is delivering at Crystal Palace is a really exciting one, so if he can dodge second-season-syndrome then we wouldn’t be surprised to see his stock go through the ceiling very soon.

And while Lage’s first year at Molineux certainly didn’t come without its bumps in the road, his ability to make Wolves so hard to break down means we can easily see him becoming a coach who will rise and rise up the Premier League ranks.

Wolves manager Lage.
Soccer Football – Pre Season Friendly – Wolverhampton Wanderers v Besiktas – Estadio Olimpico Camilo Cano La Nucia, Alicante, Spain – July 23, 2022 Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Bruno Lage REUTERS/Pablo Morano

Top, top coach

Brendan Rodgers, David Moyes, Eddie Howe and Graham Potter

Look, we’re talking about the Premier League here, so should it really come as any surprise that the most populated tier in our ranking is such a complimentary one?

Make no mistake that the job that Rodgers has done at Leicester City is an incredible one, so much so – in fact – that their eight-place finish last season was considered a disappointing one on the back of winning the FA Cup, Community Shield and competing for the Champions League places.

Meanwhile, nobody’s under any illusion that Moyes has done anything but thrive at West Ham United, reminding everyone why he’s one of the Premier League greatest ever title-less managers.

From there, we do take a little bit of a step down to Howe, but we just happen to think that the Newcastle United boss isn’t particularly ‘underrated’, deserves more than ‘middle of the road’ and is too established in the Premier League for merely ‘potential greatness’.

Then there’s Potter who has just done too well at Brighton & Hove Albion for too long to simply be considered the ‘next best thing’. He’s here right now and he’s top of the range, so don’t be surprised if he manages England one day.

Brighton's Potter celebrates.
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Elite

Thomas Tuchel and Erik ten Hag

Have we been harsh nudging Tuchel down from the ‘world-class’ shelf? Yes, yes we have, but we don’t want to make that most coveted of tiers too busy just as we don’t want to forget how tough Chelsea’s 2021/22 season really was at times.

At the end of the day, triumphs in the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup somewhat papered over the cracks of finishing 19 points off the pace in the Premier League and losing both the FA Cup and League Cup finals.

As for Ten Hag, the jury is ultimately out on his ‘world-class’ worthiness until we see how he settles into a job with the magnitude of the Manchester United role, but there’s no denying that all the potential is there.

The 52-year-old had the footballing world eating out of his hands when he guided Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals and all the early signs at Old Trafford are certainly promising; we’ll just have to reassess the situation come the winter.

Ten Hag in Man Utd training.
Soccer Football – Pre-Season Friendly – Manchester United Training – Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand – July 11, 2022 Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag during training REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

World-class

Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp

Look, do we even need to justify these coaches? If you don’t think that Guardiola is a world-class manager, then sorry, because you’re just wrong with the City boss having bagged the second-most Premier League titles of any coach.

The same goes for Klopp who has brought the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Community Shield trophies to Anfield.

As for Conte, the simple fact of the matter is that the Italian coach – while undoubtedly explosive, divisive and often a short-term solution – wins wherever he goes with proven pedigree at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan.

And rest assured that he could lead Tottenham Hotspur to a title charge this season on the back of an unlikely top four finish that, frankly, should rank amongst his most impressive achievements.

Conte salutes Tottenham fans.
Soccer Football – Pre Season Friendly – Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur – Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – July 23, 2022 Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte after the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Who’s your number one?

To the football hipsters who think that Klopp is a bang average manager and that Marsch is going to take over the world, all the more power to you, because we’re always happy to be proven wrong.

You are, after all, speaking to the GIVEMESPORT writer who predicted that Donny van de Beek would make the 2021/22 Premier League Team of the Season, so don’t think I’m proclaiming to be the ultimate authority on football.

Nevertheless, it’s still how the 20 coaches in England’s top-flight are stacking up in our eyes right now and everyone at GIVEMESPORT can’t wait to see each of their clubs’ journeys across the 2022/23 season.

Let’s ‘av it.

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