Sam Allardyce and Craig Shakespeare continue to impress in the Sack Race Power Rankings

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 20 March 2017, 16:02

In the latest cluster of Premier League fixtures Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino were again victorious, but Arsene Wenger’s nightmare run continued after he suffered a fourth defeat in five.

Craig Shakespeare and Sam Allardyce both bagged their third wins on the spin, while David Moyes could now be in severe danger of becoming the seventh top-flight casualty of the season…

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Conte, who is set for a bumper new deal in the summer, registered his 22nd win of the season in a hard fought victory over Mark Hughes’ Stoke. Chelsea were made to work for the win which gives them a 10 point with 10 games to go, and of course that prized place at the summit of The Sack Race Power Rankings (TSRPR).

Pochettino’s Tottenham made sure the gap remained 10 points, and no more, after he again triumphed against ex side Southampton, making it four wins in six against his former employers.

Jose Mourinho (5th) and Ronald Koeman (3rd) carried on their respective good runs, with Man Utd ending their lengthy stay in 6th spot by jumping above Arsenal into 5th, while Koeman’s Everton are now level on points with the Gunners (50).

Sandwiched in between Mourinho and Koeman in the TSRPR are Sam Allardyce and Craig Shakespeare who are both enjoying a three game winning run. Big Sam got off to a very slow start in charge of Crystal Palace but four victories in six has propelled his troops out of the relegation zone up into 16th spot.

Meanwhile, Shakespeare maintained his 100% winning run with Leicester as they finally recorded their first away win of the season…at the 14th attempt. What a start he's enjoying.

Down at the other end of the table it’s a similar story for Sunderland gaffer David Moyes (9th) who has only one victory from his last 11 league games, leaving the Black Cats seven points adrift of safety with 10 matches remaining.

But, Sunderland have given Moyes the dreaded vote of confidence so don’t be surprised if a change occurs during the international break!

However, it’s not Moyes who is cemented to the bottom of the TSRPW but Wenger, whose future¬†remains clouded in confusion¬†after a sorry streak of four defeats in five games. The Frenchman watched in despair as his troops capitulated against West Brom, with the defeat leaving the Gunners six points off the Champions League places.

Other managers feeling the heat a little include Watford’s Walter Mazzarri (17th) and West Ham’s Slaven Bilic (18th).

Mazzarri, a former favourite for the sack, has picked up just one point from his last four games at the helm, meaning the Hornets have been dragged back into a relegation dogfight, although in fairness it’s difficult to see them going down, and the Italian should become the first Watford boss to complete a full season since Gianfranco Zola in 2013.

Bilic’s wobbly run of form continued as West Ham become the first team to lose at home to defending champions Leicester, stretching the club’s winless run to five matches. Like Watford, the Hammers should be safe, although they do still have to play the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton, plus trips to Hull, Sunderland and Burnley.


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