Barclays Premier League's Top Managers - 2010-11 Season
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has set the standard since he won the Premiership way back in 1993, and you won't be surprised to learn FOX Soccer's Jamie Tracker puts him in his top five managers from the 2010-/11 season after he led his team to its 19th top-flight title. Here are FOX Soccer's Barclays Premier League Managers of the Season.
Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United
Is he the best manager the game has ever seen? He sure may be. This was not a classic United side, and yet, almost by sheer force of will, Ferguson got this team to a record-breaking 19th top-flight title and has a chance to win a fourth European Cup in two weeks time. The Scot might be nearing the end of his days, but he remains the best motivator, the best man manager and the best talent scout in the game.
Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool
Folks who remembered his underwhelming tenures at Newcastle and Celtic were braced for the worst when he stepped in at swan-diving Liverpool. Flirting with relegation under Roy Hodgson, Dalglish has engineered the turnaround of the season at Liverpool, and the club has a legitimate shot next year of being a top-four finisher. The acquisitions of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll didn’t hurt, mind you, but Dalglish has also been a master motivator, and proven more tactically adept than his detractors had allowed.
Roy Hodgson, West Bromwich Albion
Liverpool fans will claim Hodgson isn’t able to hack it at a “big club.” But he’s a quality coach, and he earned instant redemption from his failure at Anfield by not only rescuing West Brom from the drop, but making it flourish to boot. Say what you want to about the man, but since his arrival in February, his Baggies team has only lost twice while winning five and drawing four in 11 games. It looks likely to finish in the top 10. Dalglish’s revival has been flashier — but Hodgson’s has been nearly as effective, and he’s had far less to work with.
Tony Pulis, Stoke
Give Pulis credit. Under him, Stoke is organized, stout and very difficult to beat. Often derided as a bunch of thugs, Stoke is actually a pretty decent attacking side which gets good width from Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant while prising opponents open through Rory Delap’s deadly throw-ins on set plays. It was the story of the year in the FA Cup, falling only at the last hurdle to a seemingly-destined Manchester City side. In other words, this is a pretty tough team. One black mark - fair play isn’t always Stoke’s strong point. Pulis still is one of the league’s best heads.
Ian Holloway, Blackpool
It might seem peculiar to include a manager whose team is likely to go down to the Championship as one of the best the season offered, but anyone who watched Blackpool will know why he's on the list. Simply put, his swashbuckling ways made the Tangerines one of the most fun teams to watch. While his commitment to attacking football might have been reckless, it was also thrilling to watch. More to the point, he got a group of no-names to play brilliant soccer at times. If Blackpool goes down, both he and his team will be missed next season.
What do you think?
We've made our decision about who the best five managers have been in the Barclays Premier League season, but do you agree? What about Harry Redknapp, who led Tottenham to a glorious run in the Champion League? Or Roberto Mancini, the man who steered Man City to its first trophy in 35 years? Let us know. Cast your vote in the poll (below) and share your choices in the comments. And who knows? The five managers our readers select might be better than our own.