Sack Race Power Rankings: Poch goes top, while Guidolin is guillotined

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 03 October 2016, 15:52

After seven rounds of fixtures the Premier League witnessed its first managerial casualty of the season after Swansea sacked Francesco Guidolin. The sacking (3rd October) came just a day earlier than the opening departure of the 2015/16 season, and given that it’s now the international break, it could trigger off one or two more...

Below check out where each top-flight gaffer stands in the Sack Race Power Rankings after the latest wave of matches.

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Numbers in brackets indicate previous ranking

20. SACKED: Francesco Guidolin (Swansea) - Guidolin has become the first Premier League manager to lose his job after the Swans sent him packing…on his 61st birthday. The Italian will have felt hard done by Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool, but in the end it’s proven to be his final game at the helm.

19. (20) David Moyes (Sunderland) - The Scot’s winless start to the season was extended to seven games following a lacklustre draw at home to West Brom. On this occasion Sunderland were rather fortunate to snatch a point, grabbing a late equaliser, which ended a run of three straight defeats.

18. (19) Slaven Bilic (West Ham) - A big performance was needed following an atrocious run of four straight defeats, and while West Ham failed to grab the win, at least they registered a point on the board for the first time since 18th August.

17. (18) Mark Hughes (Stoke) - Like Moyes, Hughes is still desperately searching for that elusive first victory of the season. But, while that hunt continues, the Welshman will be relatively pleased with his side’s 1-1 draw away to Man Utd, which lifted his side off the foot of the table.

16. (15) Mike Phelan (Hull) - Caretaker boss Phelan continues to plummet in the rankings after free-falling Hull sunk to their third straight defeat. The Tigers have now registered just one point from their last five matches, but after a tough run of fixtures they will be expected to bounce back against the likes of Bournemouth, Stoke and Watford.

15. (16) Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough) - If it wasn’t for a moment of scintillating brilliance from Dimitri Payet then Karanka’s Middlesbrough may have grabbed all three points at the London Stadium. However, the club had to settle for a draw, which at least ended their rotten run of three consecutive defeats.

14. (13) Sean Dyche (Burnley) - Dyche will still be feeling sick at Arsenal’s controversial 93rd minute winner at Turf Moor. A resilient Burnley had frustrated the Gunners all afternoon so conceding a goal in that manner will be very tough to take.

13. (14) Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) - The defending champions never clicked during Sunday’s goalless draw with Southampton, and were in fact fortunate that the visitors wasted a few chances. As a result, the Foxes remain in the bottom-half, but on the plus side they are flourishing in the Champions League, so we’re sure the fans won’t mind too much!

12. (12) Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) - Howe will be disappointed at his side’s failure to grab three points at Watford, having led twice. However, a points a point, and it now means that the Cherries have lost only one of their last five games.

11. (9) Walter Mazzarri (Watford) - The Hornets twice came from behind to rescue a point at home to Bournemouth, with skipper Troy Deeney grabbing his 99th goal for the club. 

10. (10) Tony Pulis (West Brom) - West Brom continued their decent start to the season with a point at Sunderland, although Pulis will feel his side, who led from the 35th to 83rd minute, deserved all three.

9. (7) Jose Mourinho (Man Utd) - Mourinho will be livid at dropping two points at home to winless Stoke, especially given that the away side’s equaliser was scored in the 82nd minute. Fortunately for United their rivals City lost, however wins for Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool means they’ve dropped further behind the trio.

8. (11) Antonio Conte (Chelsea) - After a three game blip Conte’s troops returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at Hull. The Italian opted to change tactics for the game, playing three at the back, which in turn saw Chelsea record their first clean sheet since August.

7. (8) Claude Puel (Southampton) - Southampton extended their impressive unbeaten run to six games - three in the league - after a respectable point at defending champions Leicester. The defensively strong Saints haven’t conceded in any of those games, and will now look to continue their gradual climb up the league ladder.

6. (5) Ronald Koeman (Everton) - It’s now two games without a win for Everton who were held 1-1 at home to Crystal Palace. Koeman takes his troops to Man City after the international break, where further points may well be dropped.

5. (6) Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) - Palace’s purple patch continued with a creditable 1-1 draw at Everton. Pardew’s men have now accumulated 11 points from their last five games, having lost their opening two matches of the season.

4. (4) Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) - Klopp’s Liverpool showcased their renewed confidence by coming from behind to beat Swansea 2-1. The Reds weren’t at their best in Wales, but it’s now four wins on the spin for the Merseyside outfit.

3. (2) Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) - Arsenal left it late, we’re talking the 93rd minute late, but the controversial last-gasp winner at Burnley meant the Gunners celebrated Wenger’s 20th anniversary with a fifth consecutive win.

2. (1) Pep Guardiola (Man City) - Guardiola has dominated the rankings so far, however on Sunday his 100% record came to an end in North London. Guardiola will have no complaints about the defeat, but he’ll be more eager than ever to bounce back after the international break.

1. (3) Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) - Poch storms to the summit of this week’s rankings after he orchestrated a stunning 2-0 victory over Man City. The result showcased unbeaten Tottenham’s title credentials, while it narrowed the gap between the clubs to just one point. Game on.

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