There's no stopping Sam Allardyce in the latest Sack Race Power Rankingsby Jack Kitson / 11 April 2017, 14:23Tweet
The usual contenders remain clustered within the top echelons of the latest edition of the Sack Race Power Rankings (SRPR), while one manager continues to excel…
Firstly, a spoonful of sympathy must go out to Mauricio Pochettino (2nd) who has taken maximum points from his last six games, while Saturday’s 4-0 hammering of Watford was Tottenham’s 11th straight home win on the spin. Spurs are in cracking form and will continue to push Chelsea all the way in the hope that their rivals slip up during the run-in.
However, given the circumstances it’s Sam Allardyce (1st) who once again tops the SRPR. A month ago Crystal Palace had just sunk to their sixth defeat in eight matches under Big Sam, leaving the Eagles 19th and two points from safety.
But, a stunning transformation in form - five wins in six - has catapulted Palace out of the drop zone into 16th, and now six points above the drop zone, with a game in hand over the likes of Hull and Swansea.
During this run Palace became the first team to beat, or take points off for that matter, runaway leaders Chelsea at the Bridge in 14 matches, ending Antonio Conte’s stunning run of 13 straight wins in all competitions.
It’s Conte who sits 3rd in the rankings, with five wins in six games. Chelsea have responded to the Palace blip with consecutive wins over Man City and Bournemouth, while up next they now have two crunch games against Man Utd and Tottenham.
Craig Shakespeare (4th) and Jurgen Klopp (5th) complete the top-5 while Southampton boss Claude Puel has burst into 8th place after back-to-back victories, showing that Saints aren’t on the beach just yet.
If you scroll down to the oopposite end of the table it’s doom and gloom for a whole host of managers. Middlesbrough remain winless in 14 games, rock-bottom Sunderland have one point from a possible 21, Stoke and Swansea have lost four in five, while Arsenal continue to be, well Arsenal.
We’ll start with the beleaguered Black Cats boss David Moyes (20th) who has set up camp at the foot of both the SRPR and Premier League. Struggling Sunderland have now only picked up one point from their last seven games, leaving them 10 points adrift of safety and now a tiny 1/100 to sink down to the Championship.
Mark Hughes’ (19th) goal of recording a fourth straight top-10 finish took another hit as Stoke suffered their fourth straight defeat, meaning the only club they’ve beaten in two months is Middlesbrough.
Boro may be in the midst of a torrid run, but caretaker Steve Agnew (16th) has managed to pick up a couple of points against Swansea and Burnley, and now he’ll be targeting a first win at home to a confidence-crushed Arsenal side, who have lost their last four games on the road.
This leaves the Gunners seven points adrift of 4th spot, and Arsene Wenger (18th) under even more pressure, with even the Crystal Palace fans getting involved: “Arsene Wenger we want you to stay” was blasting around Selhurst Park during Palace’s 3-0 hammering of the Gunners.