Premier League: Scroll through our managers of the season
Nigel Pearson, Leicester City
The Leicester City manager has been center stage for most of the season. Pearson allegedly told a fan to ‘die’ after the Foxes’ defeat to Liverpool in December, then in February he appeared to strangle Crystal Palace player James McArthur before reportedly being sacked and then reinstated, and finally he was involved in a bizarre ‘ostrich’ rant at a journalist in May. Was it all a ploy to keep the attention off his failing players? If it was, then it worked a treat. The Englishman led his team to safety with seven victories in their final nine games, after looking like relegation certainties for most of the season. Bravo, sir!
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Alan Pardew, Newcastle United & Crystal Palace
A lot of people were shocked when Alan Pardew left Newcastle for Crystal Palace, but now the decision seems justified. In the six months since Pardew was appointed the two teams have pretty much traded places. In fact, if you combine his point totals from this season at both clubs you get 57, which would have been enough for an eighth-place finish. Newcastle incidentally could only muster a further 13 points after his departure -- just avoiding relegation. And he achieved all this with very little money at his disposal.
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Jose Mourinho, Chelsea
What do you say about the man that hasn’t already been said? He is student of the game; a student that achieves straight A’s every year! It was an emphatic title-winning campaign for Jose Mourinho and his side from Stamford Bridge. The balance between steel and flair was evident to see as Chelsea remained top of the league for most of the season. His side were criticized for the way they won the title -- at times not pleasing on the eye -- but no-one can deny they were by far the best side in the league. This team could rule England for a long time if Mourinho can continue to get it right.
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Garry Monk, Swansea City
There were a few questions raised when Garry Monk replaced Michael Laudrup at Swansea. Will he be strong enough to control a changing room full of players? Can he take Swansea to the next level? Well we need not have worried. Monk answered all the doubters by guiding the Swans to their biggest ever points total in the Premier League, while maintaining the brand of soccer that is synonymous with the club. In addition to this, he coped with the loss of leading scorer Wilfried Bony, who joined Manchester City halfway through the season, barely spending any money in the meantime.
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Ronald Koeman, Southampton
When Mauricio Pochettino left last summer, player after player followed him out of the door at Southampton. The next manager was in for a serious rebuilding job after losing the likes of Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert! In stepped Ronald Koeman. Not only did Koeman keep wantaway midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, he also brought in an array of talent from across Europe. The Dutchman had to find a way to gel an almost entire new team into a cohesive unit as fast as possible and he succeeded. At Christmas, pundits were discussing the unlikely possibility of the Saints qualifying for the Champions League. It never materialized, but a lofty seventh-place finish and a Europa League spot was a very impressive first season for Koeman.