Slaven Bilic takes a tumbles in the latest Sack Race Power Rankingsby Jack Kitson / 06 December 2016, 11:44Tweet
Antonio Conte continues to thrive at Chelsea following a valuable victory over Pep Guardiola’s Man City in the battle of the Premier League’s new ‘super gaffers’.
Meanwhile, negative results in the 14th wave of top-flight fixtures subsequently heaved the pressure on the under-fire trio of Slaven Bilic, Bob Bradley and Mike Phelan, whereas Alan Pardew escaped the sack after his side finally ended their rotten losing streak.
Numbers in brackets indicate previous ranking
20. (17) Slaven Bilic (West Ham) - Oh dear. Bilic’s future has been thrust into doubt following a crushing 5-1 defeat at home to Arsenal, which extended West Ham’s winless run to five games. The Croatian slammed his players after the annihilation, while stating that he felt both ‘humiliated’ and ‘under pressure’.
19. (19) Mike Phelan (Hull) - 4 points from 30 is a simply dismal return and one that leaves Phelan’s troops 19th in the table. The Tigers don’t look like a top-flight team at the moment, and it’s essential that Phelan is given cash to spend in January, otherwise they could be doomed.
18. (18) Bob Bradley (Swansea) - In the space of a week Swansea went from the elation of beating Palace 5-4, in an absolute classic, to the crushing low of suffering a 5-0 spanking at the hands of Tottenham. The Swans are now propping up the table once again - three points adrift of safety - while they are without an away win since May.
17. (20) Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) - A seventh straight defeat would have spelt the end for Pardew, but instead he inspirationally rallied his troops and in turn celebrated an emphatic 3-0 win over former club Southampton, which was the club’s first victory since September.
16. (15) Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) - The reining champions are now without a win in five games after losing 2-1 at Sunderland. The club’s defence continues to struggle, conceding two goals for the fourth game running, while Vardy’s goal drought continues. However, calls for Ian Dowie to replace Ranieri are as ludicrous as they are laughable (see video below).
15. (12) Sean Dyche (Burnley) - The Clarets have now lost three successive games for the first time since May 2015. Dyche desperately needs to find a formula for on the road, with his troops registering just one point from a possible 18 on their travels. The club have crunch games coming up against the likes of West Ham, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.
14. (16) David Moyes (Sunderland) - What a turnaround it’s been! After failing to win any of their opening 10 games, Sunderland have now been victorious in three of their last four after a 2-1 win over defending champions Leicester.
13. (13) Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough) - Boro moved within just two points of Southampton after a goal from former Saint Gaston Ramirez was enough to beat Hull. It was the club’s first win in five and they now have the chance to jump above the Saints with a victory at St Mary’s on Sunday.
12. (11) Ronald Koeman (Everton) - Everton snatched a fairly undeserved point against United thanks to a generous early Christmas present from their former midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Toffees avoided defeat but it’s now just one win in nine for Koeman’s men, who have slipped down to 8th.
11. (9) Claude Puel (Southampton) - The Saints slid down to 12th following a shock 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, which leaves them with just one win in six. A lack of goals have cost Puel’s men this term, with only two clubs scoring less than their tally of just 13, meaning securing a striker is a must in January.
10. (10) Jose Mourinho (Man Utd) - United have now dropped a league high 7 points from goals conceded in the last 10 minutes of matches after leaking in a late equaliser at Everton. The result leaves the Red Devils a staggering 13 points adrift of top spot, and nine off the top-4, while they’ve now won only one of their last eight top-flight games.
9. (7) Walter Mazzarri (Watford) - The Hornets have lost their buzz of late, falling to three defeats in four, which has seen them drop out of the top-half down into 11th. Defence needs sorting after shipping 11 goals in four games.
8. (14) Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) - The Cherries conjured up one of the results of the season after mounting a stunning comeback in a 4-3 victory over in-form Liverpool. Howe’s decision to bring on Ryan Fraser in the 55th minute proved to be a masterstroke, with his troops battling back from 2-0, then 1-3 down, to win 4-3, much to the jubilation of a rocking Vitality Stadium.
7. (8) Tony Pulis (West Brom) - Many predicted a tough season for the Baggies and Pulis, but they have been sizzling of late, accumulating 10 points from four games, which briefly shot them up to 6th. The Midlands outfit will now look to continue their impressive form during a difficult month in which they lock horns with the likes of Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal.
6. (6) Mark Hughes (Stoke) - Stoke made it five wins in seven after dismantling Burnley. The Potters, who back in September were rock-bottom of the table, have shot up to 9th, just two points behind Man Utd. Next up are five games against teams who finished in the top-8 last term.
5. (4) Pep Guardiola (Man City) - City stormed out the blocks with 6 wins out of 6, but have now failed to win less than half of their following eight games, leaving them in 4th and now 4 points adrift of the top.
4. (2) Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) - Liverpool inexcusably threw away a two goal lead not once but twice as they suffered a shock 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth - the club’s first loss since August. The Reds notably tired in the second-half, conceding four goals, but they have the chance to instantly bounce back at home to struggling West Ham.
3. (5) Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) - Pochettino’s five star Tottenham narrowed the gap between themselves and the top-4 after swatting away Swansea 5-0 at the Lane. The victory was only their second in seven but it puts them in good stead ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash with Man Utd.
2. (3) Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) - Wenger’s troops leapfrogged title rivals Liverpool and Man City into 2nd spot following a 5-0 hammering of West Ham. The victory extended the club’s unbeaten league run to 13 games, while they’re unbeaten on the road since February.
1. (1) Antonio Conte (Chelsea) - What a couple of months it’s been for Conte: 8 wins from 8 games, 22 goals scored and just the two conceded. The Blues now have a 3 point lead at the summit with a whopping 11 victories from 14 matches. The club also have a favourable run of fixtures coming up, meaning a sizeable gap could well open up at the top.