A Look at the Three Best Managerial Appointments this Season
May 22, 2016
While many may bemoan the rapid turnover of managers in the modern Premier League, there are instances where a change in leadership can have a positive impact on a football club. There are even some instances where such a change was not made soon enough, as clubs were instead left to fall beyond the point of no return before decisive action was taken.
At BetHut, we decided to recognise the three best and most effective managerial appointments in the top flight over the course of the last season. Here are our top three picks…
Sam Allardyce (Sunderland, October 2015)
When Sam Allardyce was sacked by West Ham United in May last year, the future seemed bleak for the former Bolton Wanderers manager. He took over an ailing Sunderland side in October after the firing of Dick Advocaat, however, quickly reinforcing the defensive organisation at the club and instilling a greater sense of unity and spirit.
With Jermaine Defoe and Fabio Borini also scoring crucial goals, the Black Cats found their form in the spring and finished the season with an unbeaten six game run. This not only secured Sunderland’s survival, but it also helped to relegate bitter city rivals Newcastle.
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool, October 2015)
In 2014, Brendan Rodgers could do no wrong as Liverpool manager. With Luis Suarez leading the line, the Reds came within two points of winning their first title since 1990 and looked set for a significant renaissance under the Irishman. Just 1 months later Rodgers had been sacked, however, after the departure of several players and a failure to build on short-term success.
The appointment of Jurgen Klopp has proven to be inspired, however, as the charismatic German has already stamped his identity on the club and led the side to two finals. With a Europe League finale to come against Sevilla, Klopp could yet sign off his first season with silverware and a Champions League place.
Rafa Benitez (Newcastle, March 2016)
Timing is everything in life and sport, and Mike Ashley’s Newcastle embody this perfectly. Under the forlorn leadership of Steve McClaren, the Magpies looked doomed long before March and it took the club’s hierarchy an inordinate amount of time to sack the Englishman.
By making the impressive appointment for former Champions League winner Rafa Benitez, Newcastle made it a case of the right man at the wrong time in the North East. Benitez inspired better performances and more consistent results (including an impressive 5-1 win over Spurs on the final day), but was unable to help the Geordies retain their EPL status.
The question that remains is whether Newcastle can hang on to Benitez in the Championship?