The 3 best and worst Premier League managers of the season
It has been a dramatic Premier League season. Especially on the part of managers. We witnessed some masterclasses in tactics, as well as some failures on that front.
We take a look at this season's three best and worst Premier League managers.
3 - Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)
After a 22-year reign at Arsenal, Wenger finally decided to leave. His last season was the worst of any from his spell at the helm.
This year, the Gunners' results away from home were very underwhelming. They only secured three points on their travels in 2018. Petr Cech is like a straw between the sticks for Arsenal. Their defence is inconsistent and very prone to making mistakes. The midfield is also very weak while the attack lacks depth. It's no longer a shock seeing the Gunners finish sixth because they are too inconsistent to wrestle for a higher position.
Wenger had to leave for Arsenal to move forward. The Frenchman's tactical woes this season is visible for all to see. The Gunners often played like a team without a manager.
Wenger and Arsenal lost their chemistry.
2 - Carlos Carvahal (Swansea)
The Portuguese tactician was appointed to bring Swansea to a greater height. He failed.
At first, Carvahal looked like he would be a success. Swansea were four points above the relegation zone with only five games remaining. The manner in which they were relegated was surprising. They took their foot off the pedal, losing all their remaining matches to sink into the relegation ocean. Carvahal was a huge failure and his head has been placed on the chopping block.
1 - Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace)
Here is our worst manager of the season. The Dutch tactician wanted to play a possession-based football style like Manchester City and co. without checking the quality of players at his disposal. A good manager would have formed a style that will make his team look stronger with the tools they had at hand.
The Palace players failed to implement De Boer's strategy. The Dutchman lost his first four league games, with the Eagles failing to score a single goal. He was sacked after just 77 days at the helm, making him the biggest failure of all the league's managers this season.
3 - Sean Dyche (Burnley)
Take a glimpse back to the beginning of this season, no one could have guessed that Burnley would make the top-seven. Sean Dyche performed wonders.
He impacted life into Burnley and brought strength to their squad. The Clarets played fiercely, pressing high and maintaining their consistency until the very end of the season. For all their hard work, there are rich rewards.
Burnley's reward is Europa League football for the very first time in the club's history. Dyche deserves huge credit.
2 - Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
Our list wouldn't be complete without Klopp. He has transformed Liverpool into a fearsome European force. The Reds look deadly under the German, especially their strong attack.
Liverpool can beat and score against any opponent - not even the Premier League champions could survive the Reds' attack. As strong as Manchester City were this term, Klopp's men proved too hot to handle. The Citizens lost their invincibility at Anfield and even crashed out of the Champions League after losing both legs in a 5-1 aggregate dismantling.
Klopp has reshaped Liverpool into a dangerous proposition. Liverpool must look forward to winning silverware next season.
1 - Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
Guardiola's brilliance this season doesn't need an introduction. He ruled in Spain with Barcelona and also in Germany with Bayern Munich. The Catalan has now successfully transformed the world's most competitive League into a ‘one-horse’ race.
Although it took a year longer than expected, Pep lived up to the high expectations. Europe must be both his and Man City's top priority next season.