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Premier League remaining managers: School report

Tuesday 6th June 2017
The concluding piece of this three part managerial school report series focuses on those rare breeds of managers who have actually enjoyed more than one season at their clubs. So, let's get on with it shall we?

The New Managers | The Midseason Managers

Mauricio Pochettino A 

Ignore the nonsense sprouted on social media that Spurs 'bottled it' - the only reason there was a title race at all was their magnificent form towards the end of the season. For the budget and squad that Pochettino has at his disposal to even push Chelsea close is a remarkable feat. Securing Champions League football for a consecutive season - Spurs fans will hope for a more fruitful European campaign next year - and leading his men to an F.A. Cup semi-final, where they were unlucky to lose, can be considered another positive season for Pochettino.

Pochettino is fast making a reputation for himself as one of the best young coaches in the game and one feels it is only a matter of time before he lands a job at one of Europe's elite teams.

Arsene Wenger C-

Wenger scrapped a C- in light of his F.A. Cup triumph where he did tactically outmanoeuvre the shrewd Antonio Conte. Yet, this tactical nouse has been seldom seen throughout the season; instead, fans have been presented with a meek, weak and vulnerable Arsenal side who once again buckled under pressure.

Enough has been written about Wenger's failings this season and his contract renewal, but he now has two years to really define his legacy at Arsenal.

Jurgen Klopp B-

Achieving Champions League football can be considered a relative success, but for a club the size of Liverpool's stature their ambitions should be higher. One would have liked to seen Klopp give more attention to the domestic cups, especially the F.A. Cup where his side crashed out against Wolves.
With a clever transfer window, there is no reason why Liverpool cannot at least compete for the Premier League title next season - this, surely, will be a target for Klopp next year.

Tony Pulis B+

Finishing 10th with West Brom is no mean feat, in fact, it is a laudable one. Limited finances have restricted the Baggies' progression, but under Pulis, they have a savvy operator in the transfer window. Pulis has shown what he can do given time and patience and should be given full backing and more finances to push West Brom into the bracket of Europa League football.

Eddie Howe  A+

Bournemouth finished 8th last season: two places behind Manchester United. It is simply an incredible job by Howe and he deserves a great deal of credit. Working with a small budget, Howe has recruited well and built a squad harmony that plays aesthetically pleasing football, but is also capable of garnering crucial results.

Howe will surely be awarded a top job in the foreseeable future.

Slaven Bilic  C

It was a disappointing season for the Hammers; it was expected that the new stadium would bring with it a success that would propel the London side into the next tier of Premier League status.
Unfortunately, it brought with it tepid home performances. Indeed, Bilic's job looked under threat for a while, and it was only a final season flourishing of form that kept it. More will be expected of the Croat next season.

Mark Hughes C-

Like Bilic, there will be a demand for more next time out. Stoke City boast an impressive squad and should be competing for Europa League spaces. A poor start to the season hamstrung any European ambitions and Hughes must make sure history does not repeat itself next time out.

Sean Dyche B

Retaining Burnley's Premier League status would have been Dyche's main objective. Their immense home form made up the spine of their survival and must be recognised. However, had it not been for their home form, Burnley would have been struggling - they must focus on picking up more points away from Turf Moor next season.

Yet, all in all, Dyche can be happy with his work this season.
Michael Jones

Football & political writer with a predictable love of everything retro. English Literature undergraduate at the University of Exeter, looking to pursue a career in sports journalism. For a collection of my work, visit. http://mikejonesmedia.wordpress.com

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