Lampard, Solskjaer and Klopp: Ranking the 29 Premier League managers during this season


Jurgen Klopp claimed the LMA Manager of the Year award earlier this week and nobody can really disagree with the decision.

The German guided Liverpool to their first ever Premier League title, picking up a ridiculous 99 points in the process.

While Liverpool winning the league was very much a one-horse race, Klopp did have some competition for the LMA award.

Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder, Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers all exceeded pre-season expectations for their respective clubs.

In total, 29 managers featured during the 2019/20 Premier League season with Watford going though four.

So, with inspiration with Football365, we’ve decided to rank all 29 from worst to best.

Check out the order below:

29 | Javi Gracia | Watford

Three losses at the start of the season against Brighton (3-0), Everton (1-0), West Ham (3-1) and then a 1-1 draw against Newcastle saw Gracia sacked by the end of August.

28 | Quique Sanchez Flores | Watford

Twelve matches, one win and an 8-0 thrashing against Manchester City.

27 | Eddie Howe | Bournemouth

Howe couldn’t keep Bournemouth in the top-flight despite the club’s relatively hefty spending.

26 | Hayden Mullins | Watford

Mullins actually took charge of two matches in December following Quique Sanchez Flores’ sacking - a 2-0 loss to Leicester and a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace. Then, after Nigel Pearson’s sacking, he couldn’t save the Hornets from relegation with a 4-0 defeat to Man City and a 3-2 loss to Arsenal.


25 | Marco Silva | Everton

When you lose 5-2 to a much-changed Liverpool side, there’s only one thing coming for an Everton manager…

24 | Unai Emery | Arsenal

Arsenal only lost one of their opening 11 matches in all competitions this season under Emery - and that was to Liverpool. But the Spaniard was sacked 20 matches into the campaign with just eight wins on the board.

23 | Daniel Farke | Norwich

Norwich looked a really good side at times. And yet they finished 14 points adrift and losing their last nine league matches after the Premier League’s restart.

22 | Freddie Ljungberg | Arsenal

As caretaker manager, Ljungberg drew to Norwich, lost to Brighton, beat West Ham, lost to Man City and drew to Everton.

21 | Manuel Pellegrini | West Ham

Pellegrini lasted 21 matches into the season, winning just six of them. But he did lead the Hammers to victories over Manchester United and Chelsea…


20 | Mauricio Pochettino | Tottenham

17 matches, just five wins. A home loss to Newcastle, a league cup defeat to League Two Colchester, a 7-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich and a 3-0 hammering by Brighton saw Poch replaced by Jose Mourinho.

19 | Carlo Ancelotti | Everton

The legendary manager has a big job on his hands at Goodison Park. At times, Everton looked decent under the Italian. At times, they still looked pretty rubbish.

18 | David Moyes | West Ham

Did the job he was brought in to do - keep West Ham up.

17 | Roy Hodgson | Crystal Palace

A word to describe Crystal Palace’s campaign as they finished 14th: ‘Meh’.

16 | Nigel Pearson | Watford

Took over with Watford in 20th, led them to wins against Manchester United, Aston Villa, Wolves, Bournemouth, Liverpool, Norwich and Newcastle to get his side on the brink of safety. But was sacked with two matches remaining. Watford were ultimately relegated.


15 | Dean Smith | Aston Villa

After a big transfer window, Villa would have liked to have picked up more than 35 points. Even if they did stay up.

14 | Jose Mourinho | Tottenham

They might not be playing great football but Spurs have actually been getting results under Mourinho. They finished sixth and qualified for the Europe League.

13 | Graham Potter | Brighton

Brighton played some lovely football under Potter and fully deserved to stay up.

12 | Mikel Arteta | Arsenal

Two losses in their final 10 matches must have encouraged Arsenal fans - especially those wins against Liverpool and Manchester City. An FA Cup win would get Arteta’s Arsenal reign off to an incredible start.

11 | Duncan Ferguson | Everton

Ferguson took charge of three matches in the league for Everton - a 3-1 win vs Chelsea, a 1-1 draw at Manchester United and a 0-0 draw against Arsenal. Not bad.


10 | Pep Guardiola | Manchester City

NINE defeats in the league for Guardiola’s City as they finished 18 points adrift of Liverpool.

9 | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | Manchester United

Finishing third looked impossible after the first few months of the 2019/20 season. But Solskjaer managed it and certainly silenced a few critics in the meantime.

8 | Nuno Espirito Santo | Wolves

It seems unfair that, if Arsenal win the FA Cup, Wolves won’t be in the Europa League next season. Unless they win the competition this season, that is…

7 | Brendan Rodgers | Leicester

If you offered Rodgers a fifth-place finish at the start of the season, he’d have snapped your hand off. If you offered him a fifth-place finish in January, he’d had told you to f**k off.

6 | Ralph Hasenhuttl | Southampton

Everyone expected Hasenhuttl to be sacked after Southampton lost 9-0 at home to Leicester. He wasn’t and Southampton finished 11th. They could be good next season…


5 | Steve Bruce | Newcastle

If Rafa Benitez had led Newcastle to an 11th place finish with all the goings-on at St. James’ Park right now, he’d have been dubbed a legend. Bruce has done a very good job indeed.

4 | Sean Dyche | Burnley

His style might not be the most popular but Dyche leading Burnley to 10th on the club’s shoestring budget needs more praise.

3 | Frank Lampard | Chelsea

A fourth place finish and an FA Cup final despite a transfer ban. What a debut season for Lampard at Chelsea.

2 | Chris Wilder | Sheffield United

Everyone predicted Sheffield United would be relegated this season. But with their overlapping centre-backs and unique style of play, they were so close to qualifying for Europe.

1 | Jurgen Klopp | Liverpool

99 points. That’s all.

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