This season saw several new managers take charge of Premier League sides – eight to be exact. Each has brought their different styles and philosophies to their respective clubs, and while some are struggling others are flying.
Based on their results thus far, we assessed how these new gaffers are faring, ranking them accordingly.
8. David Moyes
Having returned to the Premier League this term, the former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad boss is finding life quite difficult.
The Scot has yet to win a Premier League match as the Black Cats boss, despite bringing in several new players over the summer and has only picked up one point thus far.
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7. Claude Puel
Southampton boss Claude Puel hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts in the Premier League, and is finding out how tough life can be for a top flight manager in England.Having coached at Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice, this is his first time working outside of France.
So far, Puel has steered his new side to one win, two draws and two losses, which gives him a 40% win rate. Southampton currently sit 14th in the table with five points.
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6. Mike Phelan
You could say that Hull caretaker boss Mike Phelan learned from the best; the 53-year-old worked under Sir Alex Ferguson from 2001 to 2013 in various roles, starting out as as a coach for United’s reserves before working his way to being Ferguson’s assistant coach.
He got off to a banging start with the Tigers, grabbing two wins from his first two games in charge, but has since gone on to lose two and draw one, leaving him with a winning rate of 50% and finding his team 12th in the table.
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5. Walter Mazzarri
After guiding his Watford team to a monumental 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday, Walter Mazzarri must be feeling pretty pleased with himself.
The Italian boss has steered the Hornets to a respectable position in the standings (9th) and with seven points on the board, he should be happy so far. Mazzarri has won two and drawn one of his team’s first five games, and is split right down the middle when it comes to his win rate (50%).
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4. Jose Mourinho
Seven games into his tenure as United boss and incredibly, Jose Mourinho already seems at risk of losing the dressing room. The Red Devils have lost their last three games on the spin, with two of those losses coming in the Premier League.
Mourinho won his first three games in charge however, and that leaves him with a 60% win rate. United are 7th in the table after five Premier League games.
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3. Antonio Conte
The fiery Italian won his first three games as Chelsea manager but has witnessed a slip in results since then, with just one point collected from the club’s last two fixtures. Fresh off a loss against Liverpool on Friday, Conte will be hoping to get his team back on track against Arsenal this coming weekend.
Nevertheless, Conte has earned himself what many would consider an impressive 70% win rate. Chelsea are 5th in the table, tied on points with Arsenal and Liverpool.
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2. Ronald Koeman
The former Saints boss is already making an impact at Everton and has the Toffees sitting pretty in 2nd place with thirteen points after five games.
Koeman came in over the summer as Roberto Martinez’s replacement, and has seemingly boosted the morale at the club – Everton have only dropped two points so far after drawing with Tottenham during opening weekend.
He can boast an impressive win percentage of 90% after five weeks of action.
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1. Pep Guardiola
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is bossing the Premier League so far with five wins from his first five matches, and looks set to win the title in his first season.
He is understandably trying to lower expectations by claiming tough challenges are to follow, but right now, his City side are the team to beat and of course, his 100% win rate is as good as it gets.
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