Big Sam the main man in The Sack Race Power Rankings

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 03 April 2017, 12:42

Hands on the trophy...? Chelsea winning the Premier League title doesn’t appear to be as concrete now after they were stunned by a rejuvenated Crystal Palace during a weekend which saw rivals Tottenham close the gap to seven points.

This is still a sizeable margin, but if Tottenham win their next fixtures against Swansea and Watford, and Chelsea lose against Man City, then this gap would have been shredded to just a single point ahead of Chelsea’s clash at Bournemouth on Saturday evening.

Four wins on the spin means that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino remains 2nd in the latest edition of the Sack Race Power Rankings (SRPR), behind the new leader Sam Allardyce.

Big Sam has stormed to the summit after also recording four wins on the spin, including a shock 2-1 victory at Chelsea on Saturday, which subsequently propelled the previously struggling club four points clear of the drop zone with nine games remaining.

A third manager enjoying a four game winning streak is Craig Shakespeare who maintained his 100% winning record in charge of Leicester after leading the Foxes to five straight wins in all competitions. Four of those triumphs have come in the league meaning he’s created history by becoming the first British boss to achieve this feat in their opening four Premier League games.

There’s not too much to talk about in the middle section of the latest SRPR, but down at the bottom is David Moyes who is rooted to the foot of the table after Sunderland suffered their 19th defeat of the season.

The Black Cats have taken just one point from their last five matches, leaving them eight points adrift of safety and now a minuscule 1/50 to be relegated. Meanwhile, Moyes has been thrust to the top of the Sack Race after telling BBC reporter Vicki Sparks that she “might get a slap” and “careful the next time you come in”, something which he has wholeheartedly apologised for…

West Ham gaffer Slaven Bilic (19th) remains under real pressure after the Hammers’ winless run was extended to six games, including defeats in the last four, while the protests continue over Arsene Wenger (18th), whose Gunners side have now only won one of their last six matches, leaving them seven points off the top-4.

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