10) Maurizio Sari (Chelsea)
"The manager's failure to collapse may be Chelsea's clearest way of sustaining success," I writes in October, suggesting Maurizio Surrey should be allowed at least one invalid year as a manager of Chelsea – the privilege is previously awarded to Jose Mourinho in his second row under the leadership of Roman Abramovich.
By any reasonable measure, he fails in Chelsea, leading them to what looks like a very viable fourth place in the Premier League, five points from Arsenal and eight points from Manchester United. It is important to remember that he is trying to change the entire ethos of Chelsea, while changing only two or three members from the initial XI; we still do not have to see what can be achieved with a real payback worthy. But so far – with a weak composition – so good.
9) Rafa Benitez (Newcastle United)
Roy Hodgson initially was featured on this list after 2018, which almost accurately reflects Rafa Benitez in Newcastle. They started 2018 at the same points total and ended up in one point of each other, by enjoying very little investment during the summer. They both keep their teams clear enough for the relegation problems, although returning to less than one point in the game this season holds them in Seven Seven, while Palas failed to retire as predicted.
The difference? We think that Hodgson has a marginally better squad. Benitez has no Andros Townsend, regardless of Wilfried Zaha. He definitely does not have Aaron Van Bisaka or Mamadou Sasho. Who makes his achievement to recognize the same number of goals in the Premier League in 2018 when Manchester United is very surprised.
Rafa Benitez's name appears in the distant end. #nufc
– Lee Rider (@lee_ryder) December 29, 2018
8) Javier Grazia (Watford)
On Jan. 21, Javier Grazia could become Watford's first manager who will survive the calendar year at the helm of the Hornets in the Premier League. Taking a team of tenths and leading them to the ninth by the end of the year may not sound like such a nice achievement, but closer to looking at the figures reveals a much brighter picture.
The team that Grasia took from Marco Silva won only once in 11 games and sat eight points behind Leicester in the seventh, certainly the top of their ambition. Now, the side of Grazia has lost only one of the last five games and sits just behind Wolves in the seventh. Oh, and they made a transfer profit this summer when they sold their best player. Work done very well, sir.
#JaviGracia. How he does after less than a year England, is nothing short of brilliant. He has a lot to learn, but he teaches. He will make mistakes, but he will adjust. He will get some new players and he will move. If you are # watfordfc a fan that is not behind him, you're stupid.
– Gender (@hoganwatford) December 23, 2018
7) Eddie Howe (Bornemouth)
If I wrote this list two months ago, Eddie Howe could have been four places higher. But the start of the winter was cruel to the Reds, who lost eight of their last ten matches, I received barely 26 probable goals in the process. Uh. Howe's days that are imposed on the top six jobs now look long, far away.
And yet, in 2018, they still see Bournemouth from the 14th to the 12th and, most impressively, seem to collect more points from each team that bans the top six and West Ham. Those blue eyes may seem a little beaten, because the clock will be ejected from 2018, but it's still a year of celebration. Now to prevent rot in early 2019.
6) Chris Houghton (Brighton)
– Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) December 31, 2018
We do not need to add terribly many words make that graph, but I need to admit it I thought they would be left this season; I was convinced that the glamor of summer signatures was simply too much interference. What actually happened is that Brian became the best home side beyond the top six, and that is that form that brought them a remarkable ten points from the relegation zone. They could be here to stay and we could not be happier for one of the best players.
5) Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolverhampton)
To quote Winners and losers after their extraordinary victory over Tottenham Hotspur: "Now unequivocally because of the blow that threatened to lose the excellent start of the Premier League's life. The ability of the Wolves to expose the best teams in the Premier League is particularly good for their ambitions to break into that Kabbalah .
"In the table comprised of matches between the Big Six and Woolfs teams this season – the mini seven-time Premier League team – rank Nuno is the fourth with 1.29 points per game, which is level with Spurs and more than Arsenal and Manchester United. to believe that this manager and his players think they belong to such a company. "
And they collected another six points in the Premier League in 2018 from Huddersfield Town. What makes me want to cry a bit.
4) Mauricio Pochetino (Tottenham Hotspur)
In the seventh place on this list, in 2016 and 2017, Pokétino returns to the fourth place he took in 2015 after a truly remarkable 2018, which he saw as an increase from the sixth – 22 goals set by Manchester City – on the third, only two points behind the City and a record nine points behind the Liverpool leaders. Experiences will say that he has not won anything, but there is a reason why Manchester United wanted it; he has accumulated 13 points more than the red in 2018, while spending only £ 25m on Lucas Moura. And football is pretty decent. This is a miracle thing.
So what's next? One hell of a decision to do, that's what.
3) Neil Warnock (Cardiff)
As 2017 became 2018, Cardiff City was fourth at the championship, behind Bristol City for a goal difference and 11 points for the lead of the Wolverhampton Wanderers. As 2018 becomes 2019, Cardiff City are 16 in the Premier League and are still 11 points behind Wolves. To say that they will jump into that scenario during the summer is a massive underestimation; they are undoubtedly the uncontrollable winners of this season in the Premier League.
btw, my manager from 2018 in the last @TeleFootball podcast was Neil Varnock. It's very comfortable with my choice.
– Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) December 29, 2018
He is hardly a living person who does not predict their relegation, and some show that Derby's lowest points were in danger. And yet, we're here at the end of the year with Cardiff, who still has a chance to survive after the extraordinary first victory of the season in Leicester.
Back to the winners for this: "Every time you write them, come again Cardiff City to keep their heads above the water. It's like this whole season is a practical joke that Neil Warnock plays for us." They will survive on the last day of season, Warnock will come on the ground to celebrate and immediately announce his retirement.
2) Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool)
One from Daniel Storry nice predictions for 2018 was that Liverpool would be the best side to win a trophy again. He was right. But while he was writing about Liverpool, which has the potential for "danger," Jürgen Klop was busy stomping that threat by spending huge sums of money on Virgil van Dijk, our Premier League player from 2018. He then went again in the summer to create a team that is currently undefeated, and seven points clearly at the top of the table. Oh and they reached the final of the Champions League.
It's hard to believe that this time last year (when Clop was stealing this list in the tenth), Liverpool were 18 points shy of Manchester City, who twice recognized the number of goals. This is a team transformed into one calendar year in which they coincided with the city point. That they have only won 22 goals in 37 games in the Premier League in 2018 is no less surprising.
But, of course, he is a fraud because he has not won anything yet (in Liverpool).
1) Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
Most points, most goals, the biggest wins, the biggest difference in the goal, the biggest gap per second. Do not make a mistake to forget just what Pep Guardiola scored with Manchester City in 2017/18. His city was (and largely remains) remarkable, even if they showed more vulnerability this season, especially in the absence of Fernandinho. Could not they be strengthened in the central midfield to keep the title retained? It is quite possible.
The missed chances in Southampton on Sunday certainly cost the plastic record of 100 goals in one calendar year, but the victory kept them ahead of Liverpool on the annual table. And two real trophies keep Guardiola ahead of Clop in this list. But my word, are we sometimes envious of 2019 …