The Premier League’s return is fast approaching, and it feels as if we have barely had time to blink. Three new teams have arrived from the Championship to see if they can survive England’s top flight, and given the truncated nature of pre-season, it has put an added spotlight on the managers.
Their tactical nous will be tested like never before, with little time to waste. With that in mind here are the Premier League manager power rankings ahead of the first game of the new season.
20. Steve Bruce
The boyhood Newcastle fan arrived at St James’ Park as Rafa Benitez’s replacement, and it’s fair to say most fans were underwhelmed. He did a solid job keeping the club up, but a 5-1 demolition by near-neighbours Middlesbrough has fans worried that relegation could be approaching. The Magpies are in desperate need of a striker, with Bruce unable to get goals from club-record signing Joelinton.
All in all, it’s a sharp contrast from talk of the takeover and Mauricio Pochettino becoming the club’s new manager.
19. Slaven Bilic
There is no doubting that Bilic has the hardest task of the three newly-promoted managers.
His side played some beautiful football last season, largely thanks to Matheus Pereira, but their budget is small this summer. The decision to sign Grady Diangana is very smart, but their striking options are far from proven at Premier League level. As with any promoted side, the question is how the style that earned them promotion translate to the top flight? For that reason, West Brom, and Bilic, could be in for a long season.
18. David Moyes
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