Who did the best managing job this year in the EPL? Who did the worst?
(Note: We limit answers to about 50 words so participants may have answered only on of these….)
Rob, 723FootballFilms: Harry Redknapp did a fantastic job of managing a mid-range payroll team to currently a spot in the Champions League.
He always does a great job of getting the most out of his young players and his role players.
As for the worst you have to go with Phil Brown. Brown who was sacked by Hull in March had a good enough squad to avoid relegation but let the chemistry of the team get to the point of combustion.
Chris, Arsenal: Best = Harry Redknapp with kudos to Alex McLeish for staying in the top half of the table with a mostly unknown (at least to me) team.
Worst = Rafa Benitez. This team never came together and should have been reinforced last summer. Not sure all the blame can be put on the American owners and now we just can speculate who is next…The Special One? Mcleish? O’Neil
Richard, EPLTalk: Although I’ve continuously derided the league’s quality from position nine down, I think Mick McCarthy’s job at Wolves is still noteworthy.
Now, it shouldn’t take much to get a minimally talented team out of the Premiership’s drop, but Wolverhampton may not be minimally talented. Kevin Doyle’s been surprisingly average (by EPL standards), inserting Hahnemann for Hennessey was a turning point of the season, and I like what I’ve seen from Karl Henry, but McCarthy has done wonders to put Wolves clear three weeks before the season’s end.
Scott, Die Hipster: Alex McLeish. Newly promoted and Birmingham’s highest finish in 50 years. Very honorable mention to Roy Hodgson.
Matthew, TSG: Lots of great navigating of the campaign this year, from McLeish to Hodgson to Ferguson. McLeish preached teamwork and, bam, top ten finish for Birmingham. Ferguson, for his part, had to replace Ronaldo, deal with a rotating door on the backline and remember Ben Foster as the number one keeper.
To the gasps of Burnley fans, I give the award to Owen Coyle of Bolton. In less than a full season he took a very bland Bolton team, steered them from relegation, changed their style of play and is creating quite a buzz at the club. Burnley’s loss is a wandering sperm cell’s gain.
Worst job? Ian Dowie, Hull City. When you come in as a manager–even in a difficult situation–and are supposed to shake things up, you don’t have players committing silly fouls (Altidore, Boateng) and you don’t give up four goals and lose to Burnley at home in the midst of a relegation battle.