Arsene Wenger, Sir Alex Ferguson and the Top 20 Current Managers of the EPL

Brandon Boyer@iBrandonBoyerContributor IIIOctober 28, 2011

Arsene Wenger, Sir Alex Ferguson and the Top 20 Current Managers of the EPL

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    The English Premier League season is almost 10 games old. 

    With this amount of games past, there has been patterns formed, headlines made and dreams shaken. 

    The person most responsible for the success and failure each Premier League club, is its manager

    From Steve Kean to Kenny Dalglish, there is a story behind each manager.  We have a sufficient sample size of their ideas and management abilities, so let's subject them to the same scrutiny the clubs they are in charge of are subjected. 

    This is a ranking of the 20 EPL managers, based on performances with the club, where they stand with their fan bases and headlines they have made. 

20th: Steve Kean

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    Club: Blackburn Rovers

    Appointed: December 13, 2010

    Record with Current Club: 30 games - 6 Wins, 9 Draws, 15 Losses

    Winning Percentage: 20 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Extremely High

    Steve Kean has had the worst start to the 2011/2012 season thus far.

    The only thing holding him at the club is the apparent backing of the board in his abilities to manage the club out of the hole they have dug themselves.

    Other than that, the fans have been asking for his head since before the summer transfer window closed. 

    It may take some kind of miracle to save this club, this man and his job after sinking to 20th in the EPL table with a lowly one win out of their first nine matches. 

19th: Mick McCarthy

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    Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Appointed: July 21, 2006

    Record with Current Club: 252 games - 101 wins, 61 draws, 90 losses

    Winning Percentage: 40.08 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: High

    Wolves may be out of the relegation zone, unlike Blackburn, but their manager isn't. 

    With his recent outbursts against fans and those who chant against him, his job could be under serious threat.  The backing of the fans is the most important thing a struggling manager needs to have a chance to stay at a club. 

    He has the 5th longest current tenure among current EPL managers, but that could be looking to come to an end, after a draw against a Swansea side looking to level itself in the Premier League and an absolute thrashing at the hands of a killer Manchester City side. 

18th: Roberto Martinez

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    Club: Wigan Athletic

    Appointed: August 14, 2009

    Record with Current Club: 97 games - 24 wins, 28 draws, 45 losses

    Winning Percentage: 24.74 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: High

    With an air of unrest coming from the Wigan fans, Roberto Martinez could be in hot water with the club and be out of the job in short terms.

    With a relatively amateur winning percentage, Wigan could do with a managerial change, especially when he seems to be focusing more on his broadcasting career, rather than coaching his club. 

    Whatever he seems to be doing, Wigan need something to dig themselves back out of the 19th place position they have gotten themselves into so early in the season, if they want to stay in the Premier League. 

17th: Owen Coyle

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    Club: Bolton Wanderers

    Appointed: January 8, 2010

    Record with Current Club: 81 games - 28 wins, 15 draws, 38 losses 

    Winning Percentage: 34.57 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: High

    After the flying start that Bolton had against Premier League new boys, Swansea City, Bolton have done little to advance on that. 

    They have fallen into the relegation zone incredibly fast for a team with such a bright start. 

    With players like Ivan Klasnic and Gary Cahill at the club, there really is no excuse for them to be as low in the table as they are. As a result, the blame comes down on the managers shoulders. 

    Whether warranted or not, Owen Coyle is going to have to either turn his team around in quick fashion or he could be facing managerial unemployment.

16th: Steve Bruce

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    Club: Sunderland

    Appointed: June 3, 2009

    Record with Current Club: 94 games - 29 wins, 26 draws, 39 losses

    Winning Percentage: 30.85 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Moderately High

    Steve Bruce is one of those managers that always seems to be on the rough end of a deal. 

    Coming up on his 600th overall game managed this season, he is, again on the rough end of rather shoddy results for a club that looks to be on the upswing. 

    With the draw against a middle of the table West Bromwich Albion, loss to rebuilding Arsenal side and win against a floundering Bolton side, Bruce needs more results in his favor before he can wipe the sweat of his continually troubled-looking brow. 

15th: Martin Jol

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    Club: Fulham

    Appointed: June 7, 2011

    Record with Current Club: 21 games - 7 wins, 8 draws, 6 losses

    Winning Percentage: 33.33 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Moderately Low

    Being the second newest manager to their respective Premier League club, Martin Jol is obviously going to need a lot more than the first nine or ten games to really have a stamp put on his managerial career. 

    One win out of nine played may not be enough though. 

    There have been some pretty cut throat board rooms for teams in the past, but I feel he is safe where he's at. 

    His position is mainly just based on how mediocre his record is as of right now, just dangling above the relegation zone. 

14th: Roy Hodgson

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    Club: West Bromwich Albion

    Appointed: February 11, 2011

    Record with Current Club: 23 games - 9 wins, 7 draws, 7 losses

    Winning Percentage: 39.13 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Medium

    The loss of Shane Long could not come at a more inconvenient time for Roy Hodgson and his West Brom side. 

    With the next two major matches coming up against a Liverpool side looking to establish its identity and an Arsenal side on the rebound, Hodgson is really going to have to pull off something special if he doesn't want to slide down the managerial rankings any farther. 

    As he approaches the length of time he spent at Liverpool last season, Hodgson could face the same fate if West Brom fail to capitalize on lower-in-the-table opponents. 

13th: Alex McLeish

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    Club: Aston Villa

    Appointed: June 17, 2011

    Record with Current Club: 11 games - 3 wins, 5 draws, 3 losses

    Winning Percentage: 27.27

    Threat of Being Fired: Moderately Low

    Another relatively new manager, as well as one of the more successful ones in the past with Scottish side Rangers, McLeish sits on the lower end of mid-table mediocrity. 

    Aston Villa have not had the best results, especially when it comes to finishing off games, as seen with their five draws from nine games.

    If the Villains slip against the upcoming matches against Sunderland and Norwich, we could be talking about a rather sweaty Alex McLeish, wondering how he's going to turn the momentum around for his side. 

12th: Brendan Rodgers

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    Club: Swansea City

    Appointed: July 16, 2010

    Record with Current Club: 65 games - 32 wins, 12 draw, 21 losses 

    Winning Percentage: 49.23 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Low

    With the highest current winning percentage thus far, Brendan Rodgers has guided his Swansea City side up from the nPower League Championship to a relatively respectable place among the Premier League elite.

    The only thing holding this club down is consistent results, which will come with more Premier League experience. 

    With tough games against both Liverpool and Manchester United coming up within the next three weeks, Rodgers is really going to have to pull some decent results to keep his side slipping farther down the table, into a potential relegation zone threat.

11th: David Moyes

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    Club: Everton

    Appointed: March 15, 2002

    Record with Current Club: 437 games - 182 wins, 112 draws, 143 losses

    Winning Percentage: 41.65 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Fairly Low

    When you think of Everton, you think of David Moyes. 

    With the man that has been in charge since late in the 2001-2002 season, Everton have always flirted with European play, always managing to get into the Europa League. 

    This season, though, Everton have fallen into the second half of the table pretty hard.

    With tricky games against Manchester United and Newcastle United, both top four clubs, Moyes may have to pull some magic to get the results he needs to guide his side back into potential European play next year. 

10th: Tony Pulis

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    Club: Stoke City

    Appointed: June 14, 2006

    Record with Current Club: 253 games - 100 wins, 72 draws, 81 losses 

    Winning Percentage: 39.53 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Very Low

    Tony Pulis has assembled the strongest rugby side to ever grace the Premier League. 

    Problem is, his team are playing association football, as opposed to rugby union. 

    With their overtly-aggressive style of play, Stoke City have made a name for themselves as the "hard men" of the EPL. 

    This year they seem to be slipping down the table, but one would only think this is the case due to the fact that they are having to also play in the Europa League as well. 

9th: Neil Warnock

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    Club: Queens Park Rangers

    Appointed: March 2, 2010

    Record with Current Club: 72 games - 32 wins, 24 draws, 16 losses

    Winning Percentage: 44.44 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Very Low

    With Tottenham and Manchester City fixtures on the horizon, Neil Warnock is going to face a real test with his newly promoted side. 

    No one can doubt how well they are doing, especially since the end of the transfer window, when they picked up the likes of Joey Barton and Shaun Wright-Phillips. 

    Being 10th place is nothing to shrug at in the world's most competitive league.

    But, with these matches coming up, they're going to need some other key matches to go in their favor to keep the momentum in their favor in London. 

8th: Kenny Dalglish

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    Club: Liverpool

    Appointed: January 8, 2011

    Record with Current Club: 35 games - 18 wins, 8 draw, 9 losses 

    Winning Percentage: 51.43 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Nonexistent

    King Kenny is, without a doubt, a legend in and and around Anfield. 

    Liverpool have gotten off to a respectable start, given that they are in 6th place as of writing this article.

    You may be wondering why I have the Liverpool manager so low in the Premier League Managerial table then. 

    This is mainly due to the fact that they have dropped key results in big matches and that, without Luis Suarez finishing off their more entertaining attacking moves these days, they would not be where they are in the table right now. 

    In fact, without Suarez, the highest scorer in the club is Steven Gerrard, who is tied with the rest of the team on one goal a piece. 

    For Dalglish to improve his position amongst managers, he needs to get some productivity out of Charlie Adam and the rest of his forwards. 

7th: André Villas-Boas

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    Club: Chelsea

    Appointed: June 22, 2011

    Record with Current Club: 14 games -  9 wins, 3 draws, 2 losses

    Winning Percentage: 64.29 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Nonexistent

    André Villas-Boas is the newest manager to be added to the ranks of the Premiership. 

    With that, he has to have a few more games under his belt to prove his total worth, seeing as the majority of his wins, while impressive with their scorelines, have not come against very strong opponents (West Brom, Norwich, Sunderland, Swansea, Bolton and Everton). 

    If he can pull out the same style of wins against bigger opponents, then expect his managerial ranking to shoot up. Until then, it is a very solid and promising start to the reign of what could be Chelsea's manager for the next decade or so. 

6th: Harry Redknapp

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    Club: Tottenham Hotspur

    Appointed: October 26, 2008

    Record with Current Club: 159 games - 78 wins, 41 draws, 40 losses

    Winning Percentage: 49.06 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Highly, highly unlikely; pretty much nonexistent

    Harry Redknapp has led a Tottenham team, that started the season a little askew, to the top of the Premiership ladder. 

    With the talents of the on-loan Emmanuel Adebayor, Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale, Tottenham have the keys to success in their hands. 

    All they need to do is capitalize on their opportunities, which they have done with a four-nil thumping of Liverpool a few weeks ago and their victory over Arsenal. 

5th: Roberto Mancini

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    Club: Manchester City

    Appointed: December 19, 2009

    Record with Current Club: 101 games - 59 wins, 21 draws, 21 losses

    Winning Percentage: 58.42 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Nonexistent

    Roberto Mancini has led the most prolific scoring and best defending team in the Premiership to the top of the table.

    With the impressive victories his team have put down, especially against city rivals Manchester United, Manchester City have all the makings to take the Premiership title this year.

    Adding to that, the squad he is in charge of is easily the most talented in the EPL. 

    The problem with, most of his producing players, such as Dzeko, Aguero, Silva, Nasri, Balotelli and so on, are all bought players. 

    The Citizens are building up their youth program, and quickly as well, but if you put any manager in front of talented, productive players like that, they're bound to be successful. 

    Well, maybe not Steve Kean, but you get the idea. 

4th: Paul Lambert

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    Club: Norwich City

    Appointed: August 18, 2009

    Record with Current Club: 110 games - 59 wins, 24 draws, 27 losses

    Winning Percentage: 53.64 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Extremely Low

    Paul Lambert is the most successful manager of the teams that were promoted to the Premiership this season, with his Norwich City side being placed in 8th as of the writing of this article. 

    With that sort of record, Norwich have impressed. 

    They have maintained that they could very well stay up in the EPL and surprise a few of the giants that are above them in the table, though they lack the tenure of their opponents. 

    With games against bottom of the table side, Blackburn, and Aston Villa, combined with the fact that players like Grant Holt and John Ruddy are in immaculate form, Norwich could seriously stake a claim. 

    There is no doubting Lambert's managerial skill, in having brought his side this far this season. 

3rd: Arsene Wenger

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    Club: Arsenal

    Appointed: September 30, 1996

    Record with Current Club: 863 games - 493 wins, 208 draws, 162 losses

    Winning Percentage: 57.13 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Not likely in the near future.

    Arsene Wenger is renowned for having reinvented boring Arsenal into one of the most potent and flowing attacking teams in the world of soccer. 

    Having said that, he has had the most tumultuous summer in his reign as Arsenal manager.

    With the loss of key play makers Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and captain Cesc Fabregas, Wenger has had to scrape together a last second team that is regrouping and in recovery mode. 

    With recent results going in his favor, though, Wenger has seemingly managed to begin to steer his club out of the depths to which they had dug themselves. 

    Their game this weekend against Chelsea will be critical to see how far they've come in such a short amount of time. 

2nd: Sir Alex Ferguson

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    Club: Manchester United

    Appointed: November 6, 1986

    Record with Current Club: 1,407 games - 834 wins, 326 draws, 247 losses

    Winning Percentage: 59.28 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Are you kidding me? 

    It would be very easy to put Sir Alex Ferguson at the top of any managerial list. 

    However, his team could be doing better. 

    After absolutely flying out of the gates this season, much like their Manchester counterparts, the Red Devils have slightly slipped and stuttered. Ever so slight as it has been, it is noticeable. 

    I expect Sir Alex to improve his managerial position over the coming weeks, especially after the thrashing his team received this past week, but only time will tell if that comes to. 

    Manchester United will always be in the race for the Premier League crown, as long as Sir Alex is at the wheel. 

1st: Alan Pardew

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    Club: Newcastle United

    Appointed: December 9, 2011

    Record with Current Club: 35 games - 13 wins, 13 draws, 9 losses

    Winning Percentage: 37.14 percent

    Threat of Being Fired: Low

    Yes, Alan Pardew is in first place amongst Premier League managers. 

    He has provided the surprise of the season, as his Newcastle side are one of two sides left that are undefeated.

    The other side that would be undefeated is Manchester City, league leaders. 

    Newcastle United sit in fourth place in the EPL table. With a side that has lost the likes of Charlie Adam and Joey Barton in the past season, this is easily the surprise of the current season. 

    His defensive line have been impeccable, having conceded the least amount of goals in the premier league, at six goals. One below the powerhouse that is Manchester City. 

    If Newcastle continue this form and Alan Pardew keeps doing whatever he's doing as manager, I dare say that Newcastle could still be in this race for the title and Champions League play come mid-season and even the end of the season. 

    Time will ultimately tell for the underdogs of the Premier League.