Sunderland manager David Moyes slumps to the foot of the Sack Race Power Rankings

by Jack Kitson / 23 January 2017, 16:31

Antonio Conte (surprise surprise) and Arsene Wenger were the only managers in the top-6 to record wins in what was an action packed 22nd wave of Premier League matches.

Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman and Slaven Bilic both continued their respective resurges, while Sam Allardyce and the new Sack Race favourite, David Moyes, both suffered painful defeats.

(Numbers in brackets indicates previous standing)

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20. (19) David Moyes (Sunderland) - Moyes is once again the favourite for the axe after Sunderland slumped to their sixth successive away defeat (in all competitions). The Black Cats haven’t won a league game since mid-December and are now rock-bottom of the table. Ouch.

19. (17) Sam Allardyce (Crystal Palace) - So much for the Sam Allardyce effect…Crystal Palace are winless in 5 PL games under the former England boss, while it’s now 4 defeats in a row, with the club dropping into the bottom 3…

18. (20) Walter Mazzarri (Watford) - The Hornets twice led at Bournemouth but in the end had to settle for a draw, which has eased the pressure on Mazzarri slightly, with the Italian no longer the favourite for the sack. The point also ended a run of 5 straight away defeats.

17. (15) Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) - Lacklustre Leicester are still without an away win as defending champions (D3 L8) after suffering a dismal 3-0 defeat at Southampton. Ranieri’s men have only 1 win in 7, and are only 5 points above the relegation zone. Paddy Power now have the Italian at just 15/2 for the sack.

16. (14) Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough) - Boro’s winless streak was extended to 5 games after they lost 3-1 at home to West Ham, meaning their now just 4 points above the bottom 3. Boro had 62% possession, but only 2 shots on target.

15. (13) Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) - The Cherries twice clawed their way back from losing positions to rescue a point at home to Watford. However, Howe will be disappointed at the outcome seeing as struggling Watford were without a win in 6, while they’d previously lost 5 consecutive away games.

14. (18) Claude Puel (Southampton) - Saints may be thriving in the domestic cups, but 4 league defeats on the spin had hurled the pressure on Puel. The Frenchman’s response? A tactical masterclass against Leicester, with the Saints steamrolling the champions 3-0 at St Mary’s.

13. (16) Paul Clement (Swansea) - What a stunning and potentially season changing win for the Swans, who won at Anfield in the league for the first time in their history. It was also Clement’s first victory in the Swansea dugout, and one that has propelled the Welsh side out of the drop zone.

12. (5) Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) - It’s all gone terribly wrong for Liverpool who are now 3 games without a win after they were stunned 3-2 at home to Swansea. The Reds may have an impressive record against the top-6 but their 3 defeats have been to the Swans, Burnley and Bournemouth. Now 10 points behind Chelsea.

11. (8) Marco Silva (Hull) - It was always going to be a tough task for Hull to take anything away from Stamford Bridge, and it will surprise few that they left empty handed. However, Silva’s men can’t be too disheartened by the performance and while they may have lost, they were unfortunate not to get a penalty at 1-0, which could have been a key turning point.

10. (7) Sean Dyche (Burnley) - The Clarets came desperately close to claiming only their second away point of the season, but after equalising in the 93rd minute, they blew it in the 98th, losing 2-1 to Arsenal. The club’s form on the road really is rotten, but fortunately Dyche’s men have made Turf Moor a fortress.

9. (11) Pep Guardiola (Man City) - More agony for Pep whose side failed to hold onto a 2-0 lead, instead letting the lead and 3 points slip in an enthralling draw with Tottenham. The Spaniard has not been himself of late, and was rightly fuming at the referee's failure to award his side a penalty.

8. (10) Mark Hughes (Stoke) - The Potters came agonisingly close to becoming the first team to topple Man Utd in 17 games, only to concede in the 94th minute. Grant impressed immensely between the sticks, pulling off some cracking saves.

7. (12) Slaven Bilic (West Ham) - Bilic has shot up the rankings after inspiring his side to a 3-1 victory at Middlesbrough. The Croatian deserves respect for how he’s handled the difficult Payet situation, with the free-scoring Hammers rejuvenated and in the top-10.

6. (4) Jose Mourinho (Man Utd) - 6 wins in a row has been followed by back-to-back draws. United needed a last-gasp, record-breaking goal from skipper Rooney to escape from Stoke with a point. Now unbeaten in 17 matches in all competitions, but still 4 points off top-4.

5. (9) Tony Pulis (West Brom) - An uncharacteristically meek West Brom were battered by Spurs last week, but responded with a professional 2-0 win over Sunderland - their third win in four. Pulis’ men have been particularly strong at home of late, winning 5 of their last 6.

4. (6) Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) - What a whirlwind finale! Arsenal nearly dropped 2 points, but managed to rescue all 3 in the 97th minute, meaning they jumped up to 2nd spot. Wenger’s outburst has since resulted in a charge by the FA…

3. (3) Ronald Koeman (Everton) - Everton are currently enjoying the league’s longest winning run after recording their third straight victory - a 1-0 triumph over Palace. Koeman’s men are now unbeaten in 5, with the Dutchman eyeing up a top-6 finish after closing the gap between his side and Man Utd to 5 points.

2. (1) Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) - Spurs’ sizzling 6 game winning run may have come to an end, but they claimed a prized point at the Etihad. A defeat looked on the cards after two early second-half goals left Pochettino’s men 2-0 down after 54 minutes, however they admirably stormed back to register a point, which extended their unbeaten run to 7 matches.

1. (2) Antonio Conte (Chelsea) - All the furore surrounding the future of Diego Costa was forgotten as Chelsea’s star striker grabbed the opener in a 2-0 victory over Hull, which extended the club’s lead at the top to 8 points. Conte has now won 60 of his last 71 league games (Chelsea & Juventus). Incredible.

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