Sack Race Power Rankings: Wenger tops the pile after sixth successive win

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 18 October 2016, 10:37

In the latest wave of Premier League fixtures the new Sack Race favourite, David Moyes, entered into the record books, Mike Phelan’s first game as a permanent manager ended in disaster, while Mark Hughes finally oversaw his first win of the season.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino remains the only unbeaten top-flight manager, whereas Claudio Ranieri’s frustrating first season as a Premier League winning boss continued.

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Numbers in brackets indicate previous ranking

20. (19) David Moyes (Sunderland) - LLDLLLDL: Moyes’ dismal winless record since taking charge of Sunderland says it all. The rock-bottom Black Cats still have just two points to their name, with Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Stoke their fifth loss of the season. Worse still, it’s the fifth-worst start by any team to a Premier League season.

19. (15) Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough) - The North East is suffering at the moment as Karanka now finds himself as the second favourite for the chopping block following Boro’s defeat to Watford. The Spaniard and his side enjoyed a bright start to life back in the Premier League, registering five points from their first three games, however they have since flopped, putting only one point on the board from their last five games.

18. (16) Mike Phelan (Hull) - Hull finally appointed Phelan as their new permanent manager last week, but the positivity surrounding the news was rapidly wiped after the Tigers suffered a shocking 6-1 thrashing at Bournemouth - their fourth defeat on the spin.

17. (17) Mark Hughes (Stoke) - Stoke finally grabbed their first win of the season, at the eighth attempt, after a 2-0 victory over Sunderland. The Potters are now unbeaten in three games, while they’re only in the relegation zone due to their inferior goal difference.

16. (18) Slaven Bilic (West Ham) - Bilic breathed a huge sigh of relief as West Ham recorded a surprise victory away to in-form Crystal Palace. In the process the Hammers ended their rotten five game winless streak, shooting up to 15th in the table.

15. (14) Sean Dyche (Burnley) - Burnley slumped to their third defeat in four games after losing 3-1 at Southampton. Dyche’s men now sit only one point above the relegation zone, and a vast improvement is needed ahead of back-to-back games against Everton and Man Utd.

14. (13) Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) - The reigning champions continue to struggle after a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Chelsea. Ranieri’s men have now lost four of their opening eight games, and with just eight points on the board they now hold the joint second lowest points tally by a defending champion. The club’s wobbly defence - especially on the road - is something that the Italian desperately needs to put straight.

13. (-) Bob Bradley (Swansea) - Bradley became the first American to manage a Premier League game on Saturday, but was unable to start life at Swansea with a win, losing 3-2 defeat at Arsenal. The 58-year-old may have opened up with a loss but he can draw great credit from his sides performance, and will now be targeting a win at home to Watford this weekend.

12. (10) Tony Pulis (West Brom) - The Baggies extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a prized point at home to Tottenham, although they’ll be kicking themselves at not bagging all three having taken an 82nd minute lad. It was still a creditable point against unbeaten Spurs, but other impressive results means that Pulis unfortunately drops slightly this week.

11. (12) Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) -. Howe’s men are ticking along nicely after picking up their third win in five games in fine fashion: battering sorry Hull 6-1, and scoring six in the Premier League for the first time. The victory was the south coast side’s third in a row on home soil, moving them up to 11th.

10. (5) Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) - Palace’s impressive five game winning run surprisingly came to an end after they lost 1-0 at home to West Ham, who previously hadn’t won on the road. It was definitely an opportunity missed for the Eagles who now have a tricky few games coming up.

9. (11) Walter Mazzarri (Watford) - Mazzarri continued his bright start to life in English football after Watford grabbed their third win from their last five games. In truth the Hornets weren’t at their best away to Boro but they won’t care as they have another three points in the bag, which subsequently propelled them up into the top-half of the table.

8. (9) Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) - It was vintage Mourinho on Red Monday as the Portuguese coach sucked the life out of Liverpool, earning a point and preventing the hosts from claiming their fifth win on the spin. The Red Devils boss will definitely be the happier of the gaffers, and next up is a return to the Bridge next Sunday.

7. (6) Ronald Koeman (Everton) - Everton may now have gone three games without a win but they became the first team to prevent Guardiola’s Man City from winning on home soil after holding the hosts to a 1-1 draw. Koeman had keeper Maarten Steklenburg to thank after he saved not one but two penalties.

6. (7) Claude Puel (Southampton) - Southampton leapt up to 8th after swatting away Burnley 3-1. After going four games without a win at the start of the season, the Saints have now accumulated 10 points from their last four matches under Puel, whose influence is really starting to pay dividends.

5. (8) Antonio Conte (Chelsea) - In the press conference before Saturday’s game Conte laughed off rumours that he was set to be sacked - on Thursday betting was suspended on the Italian losing his job - and then inspired his troops to a convincing 3-0 win over defending champions Leicester.

4. (4) Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) - A downbeat Klopp couldn’t hide his frustration at the goalless draw against United, which brought an end to his side’s four game winning run. The Reds were unable to breakdown their resilient rivals, but while the Merseyside outfit will be disappointed a point is by no means a bad result.

3. (2) Pep Guardiola (Man City) - After winning his opening six games Guardiola is now winless in two following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Everton. Guardiola’s players certainly didn’t do him any favoures with both Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero missing penalties.

2. (1) Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) - Tottenham extended their unbeaten start to eight games after a last-gasp equaliser at West Brom. But, in truth, Spurs will feel hard done by having dominated the game with 72% possession and a whopping 20 shots. It was definitely an opportunity missed to go top given Man City’s failure to beat Everton, although they’re not the first side to be frustrated by the Baggies this season.

1.(3) Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) - It’s now six wins on the spin for in-form Arsenal, who held on to beat Swansea in an entertaining 3-2 victory at the Emirates. No team has scored more goals than the Gunners this term, with a rejuvenated Theo Walcott once again finding the back of the net for Wenger’s men.


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Gary Caldwell
(Wigan Athletic)
25th October


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