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Premier League manager ratings: Wenger and Mourinho struggle; Guardiola and Dyche impress

Everton have caused a stir by offering fans the chance to mark manager Sam Allardyce's performance out of 10. Our Everton blogger gave him 1/10 and, with that in mind, we asked Adam Hurrey the same question about every manager in the Premier League.

"I have a high level of trust in the current manager and coaching staff... e.g. in making the right decisions to get the best out of the team." Marks out of 10.

Paul Lambert (Stoke): 3

He is unlikely to be lighting up a news conference with a beaming smile and wild laugh any time soon, but that's not Lambert's bag. Sadly, those who thought he would quietly crack the whip at Stoke and drag them clear of the relegation zone have been disappointed.

Sam Allardyce (Everton): 4

Like Roy Hodgson, Allardyce was parachuted in to 1) sort out a Dutchman's mess and 2) hope people would then forget how he left the England job. Highly, highly unlikely to be the long-term answer at Goodison Park, with or without those curious, quantitative fan surveys. But he's done better than 1/10.

Mark Hughes (Southampton): 4

Would the Premier League be the Premier League without the weekly sight of Hughes -- arms tightly crossed, brow furrowed with injustice -- stood on the edge of a technical area somewhere? The best way to become part of the furniture somewhere is to stand still, and Hughes' career has certainly nailed that bit as he was sacked by Stoke and now looks set to take Saints down.

Arsene Wenger (Arsenal): 5

Decision-making (either the absence of it, or its glaring lack of tactical variety) appears to be what's eroding Wenger's Arsenal epitaph after 22 years. In what looks to be the final months of his reign -- once glorious and trendsetting, now rather heartbreaking -- the need for fresh ideas and flexibility is more stark than ever.

Antonio Conte (Chelsea): 5

Once the political dust settles, history might remember Conte's inevitable summer departure as a real shame. He is not the first manager to succumb, with a heavy sigh, to the impossible working conditions imposed by his Stamford Bridge overlords, but to say he has taken Chelsea as far as he can is wide of the mark. On the other hand, perhaps that relentless touchline instruction-barking -- combined with his supposedly repetitive, granular training drills -- always has a limited lifespan.

Darren Moore (West Brom): 5

After the exit of both Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew, Moore has nothing to lose -- especially having just taken three points from Old Trafford. The gap between West Brom and Premier League safety might well be too far to bridge, but he has already lifted some of the Pardew-tinged gloom about the Hawthorns. Do the board have the nerve and the faith to give him a season at the helm in the Championship?

David Moyes (West Ham): 5

West Ham is not an easy job, but David Moyes appears to have a masochistic penchant for difficult jobs. With that in mind, Premier League safety is the easy bit; turning the London Stadium into a cauldron and West Ham into a top-eight side is the real quiz.

Jose Mourinho (Manchester United): 6

The contrast between the dour Mourinho of today and the charming upstart of 2004 has been exaggerated a little -- Jose was always capable of monosyllabic postmatch interviews -- but the air of invincibility, the suspicion that he had every base covered, has evaporated. Mourinho is beatable, and so are his tactics -- but he can still get into a player's head better than most. Sometimes even his own.

Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace): 6

Charged with the task of improving upon Frank de Boer's record of P4, L4, GS 0, Hodgson could hardly fail. But any hopes of restoring some professional pride after the debacle of England's Euro 2016 exit rest entirely on maintaining Palace's Premier League status.

Javi Gracia (Watford): 6

Little was known in this country about Gracia when he arrived, unexpectedly, to become the latest Watford manager off the production line, and little more is known now. With mid-table safety secured, Gracia's next task -- if he has the time to do it -- is to make Watford capable of a run of form and not just the occasional headline result.

Claude Puel (Leicester): 7

The quietest manager in Premier League history had something to prove after being ushered out of the Southampton job last summer despite encouraging progress in league and cup. While Saints are on their second struggling manager since, Puel has managed to preserve at least some of what made Leicester so irresistible in 2015-16. The question is: what do their fans expect of them now?

Carlos Carvalhal (Swansea): 7

True, his analogies might be wearing as thin as the layers of pastry in a Portuguese pastel de nata, but Carvalhal is intent on making sure he doesn't return to the Championship from whence he came. Sometimes, surprise appointments can jolt a team out of a slump and Carvalhal's did at first -- he now has a few weeks to make himself a Swansea hero and keep them up.

Rafa Benitez (Newcastle): 8

It takes a man as easy to warm to as Benitez to have taken the semi-mythical "high expectations" of Newcastle fans down a notch or two, and still remain a popular figure. Now that the St James' soap opera seems to have quietened a little, and an average squad have kept themselves in the Premier League, Benitez -- a man in search of a long-term project to ace -- can really get to work.

Eddie Howe (Bournemouth): 8

It's difficult to gauge just what constitutes success for a top-flight club with the limited scale and resources as Bournemouth, or what Eddie Howe would have to do to topple from his comfortable south-coast pedestal. Until that glass ceiling is hit, Howe -- an almost irritatingly calm and controlled presence -- has little to worry about when it comes to fan satisfaction.

David Wagner (Huddersfield): 8

Jurgen Klopp's best man has now become Huddersfield's. Last season's scenes of Wembley playoff glory have given way to a rather more unspectacular attempt to grind their way to Premier League safety, but that could well have been the plan. Footballing patience has never been shorter, but in Wagner's case he deserves all the time in West Yorkshire.

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool): 9

Start clearing space for the statue now. Klopp is finally adding substance to what was slowly becoming a touchline and press-room caricature of himself. His furious, counter-attacking, highly enjoyable team embodies everything about him, and the fans have very little to complain about. The flipside? A sustained title challenge is the next, tricky step.

Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham): 9

A passionate man-manager, the figurehead at a club experiencing its finest moment in most fans' living memories, and the next supermanager to be linked with every big job that pops up. Dealing with speculation is part and parcel of being in charge of a team operating just below the elite, but Pochettino is hard to distract. Find me a Spurs fan who's unhappy with life under the Argentine and I'll show you a secret Arsenal fan.

Pep Guardiola (Man City): 9

A sarcastic, neurotic, workaholic perfectionist... but one who has clearly cracked the Premier League code. There will be more trophies to follow the Premier League title, even if Guardiola isn't one for decade-long legacies. But as long as he's passive-aggressively sticking up for you, you'd want him around.

Chris Hughton (Brighton): 9

The quiet managerial success of the season, having steered Brighton to within touching distance of safety in their first Premier League season. Hughton might well ooze textbook managerial earnestness -- the firm-but-bland news conferences; the stern prowling of his technical area; the serious shirt/tie/jumper combo -- but, amid the chaos around them in the lower half of the table Brighton should thank their lucky stars to have such a solid, quiet rock in charge.

Sean Dyche (Burnley): 10

The unquestionable heir to Moyes' long-abandoned throne of "manager clearly punching below his weight but who big clubs still can't quite bring themselves to give a chance to," Dyche has made an art form of fielding praise for the work ethic and resourcefulness of his bulletproof Burnley side. Will he ever get the same sort of chance that Moyes found too big to handle?