Sack Race Power Rankings: Mike Phelan thrives as Alan Pardew stutters

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 22 August 2016, 11:50

The second round of Premier League matches took place over the weekend, with four managers maintaining their 100% winning start to the season, while in contrast three gaffers remain pointless. Check out our Sack Race Power Rankings below.

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20. Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) - Alan Pardew remains the narrow (3/1) favourite to be the first gaffer to be sacked after Crystal Palace lost late on to Tottenham. The Eagles have now won just two of their last 23 league games, suffering 16 defeats during this rotten run.

19. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) - A point away to the defending champions is by no means a poor result, but Arsenal fans won’t be happy to see their side an alarming five points off the summit after just two games. Watford at Vicarage Road is now a must win game.

18. David Moyes (Sunderland) - New boss David Moyes is still pointless after his men suffered a disappointing defeat at home to rivals Middlesbrough in the Tees-Wear derby. In the aftermath of the loss the Scot told supporters to expect a relegation battle…just what they want to hear after two games…he’s now 12/1 for the chop.

17. Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) - The fixture list wasn’t too kind to Eddie Howe’s men who lost to Man Utd on the opening day, before slipping to a 1-0 defeat to West Ham in the first clash at the London Stadium. The Cherries have had few positives to take from those two games however they will be expected to bounce back in their upcoming matches against Crystal Palace and West Brom.

16. Mark Hughes (Stoke) - Few gave Stoke a chance against Man City, but losing 4-1 on home soil is damaging for both pride and confidence, meaning Mark Hughes will demand a response next week.

15. Francesco Guidolin (Swansea) - Swansea became the second team to suffer a surprise defeat to Hull, losing 2-0 on home soil. The Swans may have a win under their belt Francesco Guidolin is as short as 4/1 for the chop, which is worrying ahead of games against Leicester, Southampton, Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal…

14. Claude Puel (Southampton) - The Saints lacked a cutting edge in attack in their 2-0 defeat at Man Utd, during which they rarely troubled their opponents. Claude Puel will be expected to lead his men to victory over Sunderland on Saturday, otherwise the pressure gauge will creep up a notch.

13. Walter Mazzarri (Watford) - Watford came agonisingly close to recording a shock win over Chelsea, but two late goals saw them (undeservedly) end the game empty-handed. New boss Walter Mazzarri is fine for now, but could be in trouble soon with the club’s next three games against Arsenal, West Ham and Man Utd.

12. Tony Pulis (West Brom) - The second favourite for the chop at 7/2 watched on as his side lost to Everton after originally taking an early lead. The Baggies boss’ future has been the subject of debate due to the imminent takeover, but for the time being he appears to be safe.

11. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) - In a flash Liverpool have gone from the huge high of beating Arsenal 4-3 at the Emirates, to losing 2-0 to new boys Burnley. Plenty of work still needs to be done, while the soaring expectations which followed the Arsenal result have abruptly been reduced.

10. Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City) - The Italian is still looking for his first win of the season, but will be content with Saturday’s point against Arsenal.

9. Slaven Bilic (West Ham) - West Ham began life at the London Stadium with a victory thanks to a late goal from Antonio. It wasn’t the best performance you’ll ever see but it was an historic one.

8. Sean Dyche (Burnley) - Sean Dyche’s men conjured up the result of the weekend, beating Liverpool 2-0 at Turf Moor. The Clarets’ home form will be crucial to their chances of beating the drop, and this was some statement.

7. Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) - So far Tottenham have been solid without being spectacular, but Mauricio Pochettino won’t mind that at all. The goal came late against Palace, but three points are three points.

6. Ronald Koeman (Everton) - Ronald Koeman’s decision to leave Southampton for Everton caused controversy in the summer, but after bagging his first win and persuading star man Romelu Lukaku to stay, he has reason to smile.

5. Antonio Conte (Chelsea) - Chelsea left it late, but showed their fighting spirit by coming from behind to grab a pivotal three points. The Blues didn’t look great, but the most important thing is that they now have six points from two games.

4. Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough) - Middlesbrough ended their lengthy wait (April 2009) for a Premier League victory after beating Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. It’s early days but four points from two games represents a fine start for the Teesiders.

3. Jose Mourinho (Man Utd) - A professional display from Man Utd who barely gave Southampton a sniff. Old Trafford was rocking again, and in Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic Jose Mourinho has two world-class players at his disposal.

2. Pep Guardiola (Man City) - Two wins out of two for Pep Guardiola whose troops fired four past Stoke at the Britannia. Man City are rolling along nicely, but sterner challenges lie ahead.

1. Mike Phelan (Hull City) - Hull sit 3rd in the table after taking maximum points from their opening two games…not bad for a managerless club who started the season with only 13 fit players. Caretaker boss Mike Phelan deserves huge credit for the club’s remarkable start, and will surely be appointed this week.

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