Managers are all present and correct
We are just under seven weeks away from the start of the 2017/18 Premier League season and, as of this afternoon, all twenty clubs have a manager or head coach in place ready for their respective players returning for pre-season training.
Three of the twenty clubs will go into the new season with a new man in charge while one of the newly promoted clubs will also give a Premier League debut to their manager. That’s Huddersfield boss David Wagner who brought his side up through the play offs while the two clubs automatically promoted, Newcastle and Brighton, boast bosses in Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton, both of whom have been here before.
Walter Mazzarri was shunted out at Watford in the week before the season ended. They have replaced him with the much sought after Marco Silva who had just gone down with Hull. For a time it looked as though he was the man to keep them up but one point from their last four games sealed their fate, a run that included a home defeat to Sunderland and two big defeats at Crystal Palace (0-4) and at home on the last day of the season against Spurs when they were hammered 7-1.
Two other clubs found themselves searching for new managers for two very different reasons and, from reports, both would have had Silva high on their list. Crystal Palace were the first to start their search when Sam Allardyce decided to pack it in and Southampton followed with the somewhat belated sacking of Claude Puel.
It would have been funny watching it as they vied for the same people, but it wasn’t enjoyable because Sean Dyche’s name was involved with both, heavily in the case of Palace when almost a couple of weeks ago one bookmaker had him at 1/8 to be appointed.
Early last week there was enough information from such as Ed Malyon and Alan Nixon to suggest we could sleep more easily but it’s good to know that particular battle is now over.
Southampton appointed Mauricio Pellegrino at the end of last week with Palace finally confirming this afternoon that their new manager is Frank de Boer (pictured).
That’s it, we are all ready to go and I don’t expect any more changes for a while now, at least until the league has settled down when one or two trigger happy clubs might opt for a change.
At this time last year, five Premier League clubs had English managers, although Sam Allardyce was about to leave Sunderland for a one game cameo as England boss. Alan Pardew and Steve Bruce, who left Hull before the start of the season, were alongside Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche who are the second and third longest serving managers in the league.
Italy is the country to have taken a hit in the last year. Although Antonio Conte won the league, he’s the last surviving Italian manager following the departures of Mazzarri alon with Francesco Guidolin and Claudio Ranieri from Swansea and Leicester.
The breakdown is now
Eddie Howe – Bournemouth
Sean Dyche – Burnley
Craig Shakespeare – Leicester
Paul Clement – Swansea
Mark Hughes – Stoke
Tony Pulis – West Brom
Mauricio Pellegrino – Southampton
Mauricio Pochettino – Tottenham
David Wagner – Huddersfield
Jürgen Klopp – Liverpool
Frank de Boer – Crystal Palace
Ronald Koeman – Everton
Jose Mourinho – Manchester United
Marco Silva – Watford
Pep Guardiola – Manchester City
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle
Arsène Wenger – Arsenal
Chris Hughton – Brighton
Antonio Conte – Chelsea
Slaven Bilic – West Ham