Ranking Every Premier League Manager From Best to Worst in the 2017/18 Season

Another Premier League season has now come to an end. Many twists and turns have occurred during the campaign which has resulted in a staggering 28 different managers (excluding caretakers) being used in the Premier League season.


Some have been a success story while some have flattered to deceive. Since the season is now over, its time to look at the best and worst managers of the Premier League 2017/18.

28. Frank De Boer - Crystal Palace

Jose Mourinho described him as "the worst manager in the history of the Premier League".


While this is harsh on De Boer, it is hard to argue with Jose as the Dutchman lost all of his matches, while failing to score a goal in any of their games in the process.


De Boer's spell at Crystal Palace became the shortest managerial reign in the Premier League, with just four matches in the competition.

27. Alan Pardew - West Bromwich Albion

Pardew was brought in at the end at of November to help West Brom climb out of the relegation zone.


This would prove to be a disaster for the former Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager, as he would win just one out of his 18 Premier League outings that he was in charge for.


Pardew was sacked at the beginning of April, with the Baggies rooted to the bottom of the league and inevitable for relegation. 

26. Ronald Koeman - Everton

After a seventh placed finish in his first season, Koeman's Everton were expected to mount a challenge for Europe in the 17/18 season - especially after spending over £130m in the summer on players such as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney.


Unfortunately for the Dutchman, the season went opposite to what was expected.


Koeman was sacked by Everton in October, with the Toffees situated in the relegation zone and only managing to win twice in nine matches.


Things are now a bit brighter for Koeman due to his new role as Holland head coach.

25. Paul Clement - Swansea City

After helping Swansea secure their Premier League status the year before, Paul Clement was hoping to kick-on his managerial career with the Welsh club. 


However, the Englishman would not manage to last a year in Wales, after getting sacked by the club in December.


Clement left the Swans rooted to the bottom of the League with just three wins until his departure. He's now back in management with Reading in the Championship.

24. Paul Lambert - Stoke City

Paul Lambert was the surprise choice to take over the Potters and help them survive in the Premier League.


The appointment back-fired though, with Stoke now set to play in the Championship next term following a somewhat surprising relegation.

23. Mauricio Pellegrino - Southampton

A run of just one league win in 17 proved to be the end of the line for the Spaniard.


Pellegrino had only arrived in the summer previous, but due to the Saints' lack of scoring goals and players losing confidence, the club terminated his contract with the club embroiled in a relegation battle.


Pellegrino had only managed to win just five league games all season prior to his departure.

22. Slaven Bilic - West Ham United

Slaven Bilic's time at West Ham was up in November, with the club looking for a change in direction and ideas.


Bilic would leave the Hammers in the relegation zone with just two wins to their name, ending a two and a half year stay in east London.


The Croatian could leave West Ham with pride though. He has accumulated more points than any other West Ham manager in their history.

21. Carlos Carvalhal - Swansea City

Defeat at home to relegated Stoke City resigned Swansea City to Championship football next season. 


When the Portuguese manager took over in December, Swansea were five points adrift of safety. 


The great escape looked certain to happen under Carvalhal's leadership when Swansea gained a four point cushion over the relegation places with just five games to go, but unbelievably, the Swans would take their eye off the ball. They lost all five of their matches to sink down into the Championship for the first time in seven years.


Carvalhal's failure to escape relegation to cost him staying beyond the summer in Wales.

20. Tony Pulis - West Bromwich Albion

The season started well for Pulis and West Brom, with the Baggies winning their first two Premier League games of the season.


However, that would be as good as it would get for Pulis and his side as they would fail to win another league game until he would have his contract terminated in November.


Pulis left West Brom in 17th place, a position that all Baggies' fans wish their team was in right now.


Many West Brom fans believe that if the board had just stuck with Pulis, West Brom would still be a Premier League club.

19. Craig Shakespeare - Leicester City

He steadied the ship after the infamous Claudio Ranieri sacking, and that would reward Craig Shakespeare with the permanent manager job at the Foxes.


It is a position that Shakespeare would only last four months in, with the club losing faith with the Englishman due to only accumulating six points from eight Premier League games.


Shakespeare has since reverted back to his coaching duties, now at Everton.

18. Marco Silva - Watford

Silva arrived in the summer from Hull City and immediately had a positive impact at Watford - leading the club to fifth position in October.


However, once Ronald Koeman left Everton, Silva was being touted as his replacement. This led to a decline in Watford's form due to the speculation.


All this led to Silva getting sacked by Watford after just one win in eleven games. He left the club still in an impressive tenth place position in the Premier League.

17. Claude Puel - Leicester City

The Frenchman returned to the Premier League to take over from Shakespeare at Leicester, eventually steering the club to a ninth placed finish in the league.


However, reports of player unrest and disharmony in Leicester's squad had led to question marks over whether Puel will remain at Leicester next season.


It looks now that he might start next season in the dugout though, as Leicester have completed the signing of Ricardo Pereira - a player he has strong links to.

16. Arsene Wenger - Arsenal

The great man has finally said his goodbyes to the Arsenal faithful after another season of decline has finally ended a legacy built over 22 years.


A sixth-placed finish was surely not where Wenger was hoping to finish at the start of the season, highlighting how poor Arsenal have been throughout the season. 


It took till the very last game of the season for Arsenal to register an away point in 2018 after their 1-0 win at Huddersfield. Not good enough for a club as big as Arsenal.


Next season the Gunners will hoping to challenge for Champions League status under their new manager and move on from Wenger's worst domestic season at Arsenal.

15. David Moyes - West Ham United

David Moyes achieved what his job description was - keep the Hammers in the Premier League.


West Ham finished the season in 13th place; not a bad effort from Moyes considering he took over a team in the relegation zone.


It had not been plain sailing for the Scotsman, with some Hammers fans protesting against the manager due to his style of football and questionable substitutions, and he's now been replaced by Manuel Pellegrini.


He did okay, though.

14. Mark Hughes - Stoke City & Southampton

This season can be split into two parts for the Welshman.


Firstly, a poor run of five defeats in seven games marked the end of Hughes' Stoke reign, leaving the club in the relegation zone in January.


In mid-March Hughes would return to Southampton to steer them clear of the drop zone. A 1-0 win over Swansea cemented Premier League football for another year at St Mary's, and it looks like he'll be staying on.

13. Javi Gracia - Watford

Arriving in January, Javi Gracia was brought in to steady the ship after an alarming decline in the Hornets' form.


The Spaniard's reign may not be spectacular with just four wins in 13 league games, but he has done enough to secure another year of Premier League for Watford.


The situation about Gracia's future remains unclear, but he still could be Watford manager come the first game of the season next season.

12. Antonio Conte - Chelsea

The Italian has suffered from second season syndrome at Chelsea.


After being a revelation throughout his first year with the club, winning the Premier League with a then highest points total in history, this season has been a struggle for Conte and his team.


Not only did Chelsea never mount a challenge for a title defence, a fifth placed finish means that Chelsea will have to make do with Europa League football next season.


Conte is no longer the happy, enthusiastic manager that he first was when arriving in England, and despite winning the FA Cup, now looks very likely to leave the Blues before the start of next season.

11. Sam Allardyce - Everton

Not a popular choice for Evertonians, but Sam Allardyce has steadied the ship at Everton.


When he took over, the team was disjointed and languishing in the relegation places. 


An eighth place finish may be underwhelming for Everton after their pre-season aspirations, but Big Sam has done enough to make sure Everton made it into the top half.

10. Jose Mourinho - Manchester United

A second place finish may seem like a good season for the Red Devils, but it's been underwhelming at best.


Despite spending over £160m last summer, Manchester United still finished 19 points behind rivals Manchester City.


The style of football is still a disappointment for United fans and the same problems as last season have occurred, with Paul Pogba's performances and Jose criticising his own players taking centre stage throughout the season.


Jose has another rebuilding job to do in the summer in order to close the gap on City and will want a massive improvement over this season.

9. Eddie Howe - Bournemouth

Bournemouth have kept under the radar throughout the Premier League campaign.


After a slow start, the Cherries have gone about their business and secured a 12th place finish.


Under Howe, Bournemouth play exciting, attacking football and the Englishman has masterminded another successful top flight season. Next year Howe's side will look to break into the top ten of the Premier League.

8. Mauricio Pochettino - Tottenham Hotspur

Another top four finish for Pochettino's Spurs.


After a slow start to the season due to adjusting to home life at Wembley, Spurs hit their usual stride and finished the season in third, but careless dropped points throughout the campaign meant it could have been an even better season for the London club.


Pochettino continues to deliver excellent results and performances with Spurs, but now its time for him and the team to win some silverware to progress the club even further.

7. Roy Hodgson - Crystal Palace

The former England manager has worked his magic with the Eagles.


Taking over with the club rooted to the bottom of the league, Hodgson has transformed Palace and guaranteed them another year of Premier League football.


Hodgson has also managed to get the best out of Wilfred Zaha, who has been key to the Palace revival.


Remarkably, not only have Palace avoided the drop, but they finished as high as 11th. It was a brilliant turnaround from Roy and his team.

6. Jurgen Klopp - Liverpool

Another top four position secured by Klopp and Liverpool, this season has been an exciting one for the Kop.


Klopp brought in Mohamed Salah in the summer, and to say that Salah has been a brilliant addition to the league is an understatement. 


The Egyptian has gone on to become the league's top scorer and along with his teammates, Liverpool continue to play dynamic, attacking football under Klopp.


Liverpool's form has understandably tailed off over the last few weeks due to their huge Champions League final on Saturday, but that has not stopped Klopp's team having another successful Premier League campaign.


The next challenge for Klopp now is to aim for the Premier League title.

5. Rafa Benitez - Newcastle United

Rafa has worked his magic again. Working with a tight budget and a squad of mostly Championship players and loans, the Spaniard has led the Magpies to a top half finish in the Premier League.


After getting promoted last year, Newcastle were tipped to struggle, but under Benitez, relegation has never been too serious a threat to Newcastle.


The Toon will hope Rafa commits beyond the summer and build on their top half finish next season.

4. David Wagner - Huddersfield Town

The fact that Huddersfield got promoted in the first place is a miracle. Now David Wagner has led his squad to Premier League survival and they had to do it the hard way.


A poor run of form left the Terriers fearing the drop, but two outstanding draws away to Manchester City and Chelsea, meant that Huddersfield were safe - and deservedly so.


It was an amazing effort from Wagner and his squad and they will hope for the same outcome next season.

3. Chris Hughton - Brighton and Hove Albion

A manager that is under-rated at this level, Chris Hughton has proved he is a very capable of managing at Premier League level.


Being an organised defensive unit and good home form was the key for the Seagulls, recording big wins over Arsenal and Manchester United at the Amex Stadium.


A 15th placed finish in their first season back in the big time is an outstanding achievement for Hughton's side.

2. Sean Dyche - Burnley

Burnley in Europe. Who would've thought it?


Sean Dyche led his Clarets to European football next season after securing a seventh place finish in the league.


It's an amazing effort considering Burnley were tipped for a relegation scrap at the start of the season.


After a blistering start, the wheels looked like they had come off, with a poor run of form before the new year. However, the team spirit which Burnley illustrated shone through and after a strong finish to the season, Burley would finish seventh and will now play Europa League football for the first time in their history.


What a job Sean Dyche has done.

1. Pep Guardiola - Manchester City

It's been a record breaking season for Pep and his team - as they won the league at a canter, breaking the points record in the process and finishing 19 points clear of rivals Manchester United in second place.


City also broke the record for most goals scored in a Premier League season with 106.


With players such as Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Leroy Sane, to name but a few, leading the way for City, Pep's men have just been far too good for anyone else to challenge them.


City dominated the league throughout the whole season and did it with a breathtaking attacking style that has blown the majority of the teams away, and will now look to dominate the Premier League for years to come.