Premier League: Manager Rater

Created: November 2, 2009, 11:58 AM

Carlo Ancelotti has Chelsea playing at the top of their game.

Each month, ESPNsoccernet and SportsNation will give users the chance to rate the managers of each Premier League club. Not happy with the job your Premier League boss is doing? Give him a low rating and have your opinion heard!

Chelsea are on top of the league, but it has been a bad month for all concerned as the big four all have work to do, especially Rafa Benitez. Phil Brown, Gianfranco Zola and Sam Allardyce must be worried that Paul Hart appears to be turning Portsmouth around.

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Information correct as of Nov. 2.

  • Blackburn record: 3-1-6

    It's a bad time to be a Rovers defender - perhaps even a player after swine flu ripped through the side - but they have conceded 16 goals this month in their four games. It was against Arsenal, Chelsea and United; and they did beat Burnley in the derby, but they are still far too close to the drop zone.
  • Chelsea record: 9-0-2

    Top of the league and, after last month's loss, Chelsea fell again - this time to Villa. But it was a mere blip as they have continued to push for the title. Beating Liverpool 2-0, they also hammered five past Blackburn and four against Bolton. Not bad.
  • Liverpool record: 6-0-5

    Three defeats in four games this month, so why are there not more calls for Rafa's head? Losing to Chelsea, Sunderland (with help from an inflatable friend) and Fulham is simply not good enough for a side who should be challenging at the top. Even a win over United may not save him.
  • Hull record: 2-2-7

    Dead man walking. Phil Brown is under so much pressure that by the time this has been published, he'll probably be out. A stay of execution came when they beat Wigan 2-1, but losing to Fulham and Burnley surely means he'll be let go. Even a draw with Portsmouth isn't viewed in a good light.
  • Sunderland record: 5-2-4

    A beach ball took all the headlines as Sunderland beat Liverpool, but the side has done well to draw with United and beat the Reds. Defeat to Birmingham brought them back to earth and a draw with West Ham had to be hard fought, but the signs are good.
  • Burnley record: 5-0-6

    They don't do things by half at Burnley, so none of this 'drawing' nonsense. Two wins and two defeats mean that they are making a go of it in the top flight and Birmingham and Hull were the ones to pay the price. Wigan and Blackburn took the points too, but Coyle won't be too worried just yet.
  • Manchester United record: 8-1-2

    For once, the feeling around Old Trafford is not as stable as it once was. A last-gasp draw with Sunderland set the tone and they were lucky to beat Bolton too. However, a 2-0 loss to Liverpool showed United aren't playing well; although a 2-0 win over Blackburn then did the opposite.
  • Portsmouth record: 2-1-8

    Well done Mr Hart. Still in a job, there are signs that Pompey may not be as bad as everyone thought after a shocking start to the season. A win over Wolves was followed up by defeat at Tottenham and a draw with Hull; but a 4-0 spanking of Wigan showed there is some fight left in them yet.
  • Fulham record: 4-2-4

    Roy really is doing a good job, as Fulham avoided defeat this month against some top opposition. Two draws and two wins made sure they jumped to mid-table and beat Liverpool into the bargain. A draw with Man City was also good, so there's a nice feeling around the Cottage at the moment.
  • Man City record: 5-4-1

    Draw specialists Man City seem to have taken their foot off the gas of late, as they notched up four draws in a row. Villa, Wigan, Fulham and Birmingham all met City, and all took away a single point from their game. Title chances? Not on this form.
  • Wigan record: 4-1-6

    Jekyll and Hyde performances have come this month, as Wigan beat Burnley away from home and drew with Man City, but then lost to lowly Hull and were absolutely thumped 4-0 by Portsmouth. Not quite sure what to make of them yet, European spot, or relegation?
  • Wolverhampton record: 2-4-5

    Points mean prizes, so Mick may be happy enough that Wolves have continued to pick them up. A defeat against Portsmouth was atrocious, but since then they have steadily drawn against Everton, Villa and Stoke to ensure they are still just keeping their heads above water.
  • Birmingham record: 3-2-6

    A mixed bag for the Blues this month, as they began terribly, but then picked their form back up again. A 2-1 defeat to Burnley was followed by a mauling at the hands of Arsenal, but then things started to improve. Beating Sunderland and then drawing with City - when they should have won - means it wasn't all bad for McLeish.
  • Bolton record: 3-2-5

    Losing to United and Chelsea can be expected in this league, so Bolton made a decent fist of it as they did exactly that, but then beat Everton 3-2 and drew 1-1 with Tottenham. Not in the finest form, they are still showing they have the fight for the season ahead.
  • Everton record: 3-3-4

    No win this month saw Everton under pressure. They managed three draws and a defeat to Bolton, but the worrying thing is that their one-pointers were against the likes of Wolves and Stoke; oh, and Villa, too. Thirteenth in the table simply isn't good enough.
  • Aston Villa record: 5-3-2

    You would think that a month in which Villa beat Chelsea 2-1 would merit the 'good month' tag. However, they managed to draw three of their four games 1-1 (against City, Wolves and Everton) and will certainly be kicking themselves that they did not get more from the derby.
  • Stoke record: 4-4-3

    A side on the up, Tony Pulis has done a wonderful job here as the Potters avoided defeat this month. Wins over Tottenham and West Ham have lifted the spirits and draws against Everton and Wolves have kept the points flowing in.
  • Tottenham record: 6-1-4

    A blip? Don't say that to Harry. A great start to the season has trailed off somewhat, as despite drawing with Bolton and beating Portsmouth, they lost to Stoke and then were hammered 3-0 by Arsenal. Still some work to do methinks.
  • Arsenal record: 7-1-2

    A cracking month for Wenger saw title ambitions back at the forefront of the Gunners fans' minds. A 6-2 hammering of Blackburn was followed up by a 3-1 mauling of Birmingham, but then they lost a two-goal lead to draw with West Ham. Lucky a 3-0 spanking of rivals Spurs kept things on the up.
  • West Ham record: 1-4-5

    The pressure is on Zola after a month which saw them held to three 2-2 draws. They have not managed to lift themselves out of the drop zone, but can take heart from performances against Sunderland, Arsenal and Fulham; but perhaps not from the one against Stoke.