Every Premier League manager ranked by likeability: from least to most likeable

first_img 20 11. Sam Allardyce (Crystal Palace) – It’s been the most controversial few months of Allardyce’s career, but, as expected, he’s back to the nitty gritty of the Premier League. He’s not shy of courting controversy, and you might say Allardyce is managerial Marmite, but the top flight is a better place with his big personality in it. 20. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) – click the arrow above, right, to check out our full ranking of every Premier League manager on likeability – Wenger reached his 20th anniversary at Arsenal at the beginning of October and to many he’s outstayed his welcome. He played a vital role in revolutionising the Premier League, but supporters are growing tired of his behaviour when results don’t go his side’s way. His conduct in the victory over Burnley was a prime example. 3. Paul Clement (Swansea City) – A manager we are all wishing success for. Clement has respectably moved his way through the ranks, more than earning his first team role as Swans manager. It’s a tough ask for him to save the Welsh side, but in four Premier League games in charge he’s already picked up nine points, including a win at Liverpool. Hopefully his spell at the Liberty Stadium is the start of a rewarding career as head coach. 18. Mark Hughes (Stoke City) – Arguably the most intimidating manager in the Premier League. Hughes is the type of character whose presence would evoke nervous laughter, an uncertainty of how best to behave in his company. His talent as a manager has been obvious throughout his career, but a smile every now and again wouldn’t go amiss. 20 20 Football management isn’t a popularity contest, but it can certainly help buy time if you’re liked by the fans.And the Premier League is filled with a mix of coaching characters.But who is the most likeable manager in the English top flight?We’ve had a go at ranking them, at this point in time, although of course it is purely subjective.So… scroll through the gallery above to check out our ranking of every active Premier League boss on likeability, from least to most popular.Disagree? Leave a comment below! 20 20 4. Antonio Conte (Chelsea) – Conte has been an exciting addition to the Premier League. Renowned for his antics on the touchline, he’s been as compelling to watch as the Chelsea team he’s nurturing. He’s also refused to be drawn into conflict with his rivals, bringing a new class to Stamford Bridge. 20 14. Marco Silva (Hull City) – Still fresh faced in England, Silva is slowly but surely getting to work on lifting the spirit of the Tigers. A league win over Bournemouth and an EFL Cup victory over Manchester United (albeit not enough to take them through to the final) suggests he is having a positive impact. He’s got off to a promising start. 9. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – Klopp’s entertainment value to the Premier League is obvious. From his screaming and running on the touchline to his post-match waffling, he’s certainly grabbed the imagination of English football supporters. At times he can be a little irritating, but can’t we all? 19. Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) – Mourinho is getting a little boring. His status as ‘The Special One’ is long gone, but predictably he’s not going about his fall from grace quietly. Just last month the Portuguese coach refused to accept that Manchester United had lost to Hull City in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final, stating he saw only “two goals… it was 1-1”, despite the 2-1 scoreline. Need we say more? 20 20 13. Claude Puel (Southampton) – Southampton, as expected, have again replaced quality with quality. Puel recently secured the Saints’ first major Wembley final for the first time in 38 years, beating Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-final 2-0 over both legs. A manager that doesn’t seem interested in the limelight, he appears a good fit at St Mary’s and the club’s chiefs will be hoping he stays put longer than his two excellent predecessors. 20 7. Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City) – The Foxes were never expected to follow up their title winning campaign in similar spectacular style, but such a dramatic fall from grace wasn’t predicted. Ranieri and his side are battling relegation and criticism has to fall his way. But while his sense of humour may have taken an inevitable backseat, he remains a popular figure. 2. Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur) – Poch, to give him his tabloid name, is a classy manager. He’s at the heart of one of the most exciting Tottenham teams for some time and while he sometimes comes in for tactical criticism, the results suggest he knows what he’s doing. The Argentine recently paid a visit to former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason, following the player’s horror collision with Gary Cahill; an act which said much about Pochettino’s character. He’s been an excellent addition to the Premier League and carries himself with good grace. 20 6. Slaven Bilic (West Ham United) – The pressure of the task at hand at the London Stadium has taken its toll on Bilic this season, but most of us are pleased Hammers chiefs have backed their first team boss. He’s brought a rock and roll attitude to England, certainly one of the more interesting of characters on offer. His Barnet’s looking better, too. 8. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – This season will be the toughest of Guardiola’s career. Plenty expected City to walk the Premier League title this term, but the Spaniard is finding out the hard way that England’s top flight is a dog fight, no matter the glitz and glamour of a squad. As a result, we’re seeing a new side to the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss’s personality and, at times, it hasn’t been pretty. But he still exudes a certain continental cool. 10. Ronald Koeman (Everton) – Koeman’s popularity may have suffered slightly following his move to Goodison Park, with question marks over whether a pay rise was a key factor in his departure, but he is an asset to the Premier League. One of the cooler characters in England, players must relish the chance to work with him. 20 20 20 5. Sean Dyche (Burnley) – There’s not much to dislike about Dyche. He quietly gets down to business at Turf Moor and when he speaks, he often has something of note to be said. His Clarets side are also performing far better than expected in the top flight, boosting his reputation in English football. And what a voice! Like a man gargling a bag of gravel. 16. David Moyes (Sunderland) – Moyes might be regretting his Everton exit. His move to Manchester United was supposed to be a reward for years of toil, but turned his managerial career upside down and he’s now the butt of jokes at Sunderland. The Scot is, to be fair, pretty inoffensive, but he cuts something of a downbeat figure these days. 12. Walter Mazzarri (Watford) – The Vicarage Road faithful had started to slightly turn on Mazzarri, questioning his ability to sustain the Hornet’s place in the Premier League. But then he oversaw another win at Arsenal, this time in the Premier League, and it looks as though he’ll rightly be given time to settle. His personality comes across somewhat frosty, but his old school approach is actually quite refreshing. 20 17. Tony Pulis (West Bromwich Albion) – The bullish style of play associated with Pulis’ sides has left him short of support in England, despite his current side, West Brom, displaying much more of an attacking threat this season. That laugh of his and love for a full piece tracksuit on match day hasn’t really helped his popularity, either. 20 20 20 15. Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough) – Like his side, a little dull. Karanka seems fairly harmless, offering little in the way of controversy but similarly with regard to entertainment. Boro have come in for criticism over their style of play in the top flight, which isn’t rubbing off well on their manager. But right now is a settling in process for the club, with survival the priority. Will Karanka survive? He could do with shedding the grumpy persona he showed off in a recent press conference, petulantly dismissing questions about recruitment with a resigned, ‘Don’t know’. 20 20 20 1. Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) – Howe claimed the Football League Manager of the Decade award in April 2015, having lifted Bournemouth from the bottom of League Two to the Premier League in six years. He’s destined to take over at one of England’s elite clubs when he decides it’s time to move on from the Cherries. The 39-year-old is an exceptional role model to any young coach and scoops the number one spot in our list of likeable Premier League managers.last_img