Sean Dyche and Paul Clement soar in the Sack Race Power Rankings

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 02 February 2017, 16:55

A rare mid-week appearance from the 20 Premier League teams proved to be an arduous one for clubs up in the top-half of the table, with only one of the top-9 victorious.

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Pep Guardiola, a manager ridiculed in recent weeks, orchestrated a 4-0 thrashing of a previously rejuvenated West Ham, as his Man City side drew level with Liverpool on 46 points, although they remain outside of the top-4.

This resulted in the Spaniard springing up from 9th to 6th in the Sack Race Power Rankings (SRPR), while his opposite number, Slaven Bilic, slumped down to 13th.

Chelsea incumbent Antonio Conte may not have won (for only the fifth time this season), but his troops picked up a decent point at Anfield, which was made all the sweeter as the North London duo of Arsenal and Tottenham surprisingly dropped points.

The Italian, who stays top of the table, is joined in the top-3 by a couple of surprise additions: Sean Dyche and Paul Clement.

Dyche has rocketed up to 2nd spot after Burnley stormed to their fourth win in six games, which propelled the club up to 10th in the top-flight table.

The Clarets have been simply immense at Turf Moor, accumulating nine wins and 28 points from 13 games, with Dyche now priced at 14/1 (66/1 a few months ago) to be crowned the LMA Manager of the Year 2017.

Praise has also deservedly been heaped on the shoulders of Paul Clement who has won two of his three league games since taking charge of Swansea, although you could argue that it’s three in four as he was in the technical area (during the second-half) in their victory over Crystal Palace.

Either way, he’s made a big impact, propelling the Swans out of the relegation zone up into 17th, while he has soared up the SRPR into 3rd.

Another Premier League newbie, Marco Silva (7th), has impressed at Hull, registering four points from three games, including a prized point at Man Utd on Wednesday.

Down at the other end of the SRPR you’ll, almost unbelievably, find Claudio Ranieri at rock-bottom. The Italian, who only nine months ago hoisted the Premier League trophy, is now priced at just 3/1 for the sack. Wow.

Leicester City lost 1-0 at Burnley extending their winless away record to 12 games as defending champions, during which they’ve collected only three points.

In the SRPR relegation zone you’ll also find the under-fire duo of Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough) and David Moyes (Sunderland), with both bosses without a win in six.

Elsewhere, Jurgen Klopp has dropped to 14th as Liverpool again failed to win in 2017, whereas the pressure has eased somewhat on Watford gaffer Walter Mazzarri, who inspired his troops to a stunning 2-1 victory at Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger subsequently plummeting down to 11th.

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