The dust has finally started to settle on what was a Premier League season for the history books.
Manchester City clinched the title on the very last day in dramatic fashion.
Tottenham made a late surge under Antonio Conte to seize the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot.
And we witnessed miracles at work in the north-east as Eddie Howe took charge of Newcastle in late December and catapulted them up the league to an eventual finishing position of 11th from 19th.
We really did have it all, and it was the first time in years that we reached the final Sunday with everything to play for in the league, all the way from the title down to relegation.
More of the same next year? That’d be great, thanks.
But now it’s all said and done, 90min decided to consider which managers performed best throughout the 2021/2022 season.
A few key points
Before we get into that, though, let’s just go over a few little disclaimers in terms of the methodology and set-up in the order.
Firstly, these rankings are based solely upon league form – at least it seems that way.
Secondly, these rankings have been formulated based upon what each manager’s objectives would have been at the start of the season.
For example, Pep Guardiola would have been tasked with winning the title, whereas when Howe took charge his main objective would have been to avoid relegation.
Similarly, Roman Abramovich would have wanted Thomas Tuchel to mount a title challenge, whilst Patrick Vieira’s 12th place finish would be classed as a roaring success around Selhurst Park.
You can almost consider the ranking as to what extent a manager has met, fell short or exceeded his initial season objectives.
So, with that cleared up, let’s get into it.
Premier League managers ranked on 21/22 season performance
20. Roy Hodgson
19. Dean Smith
18. Ralf Rangnick
17. Mike Jackson
16. Jesse Marsch
15. Frank Lampard
14. Ralph Hasenhuttl
13. Steven Gerrard
12. Brendan Rodgers
11. Bruno Lage
10. Thomas Tuchel
9. Mikel Arteta
8. Graham Potter
7. David Moyes
6. Antonio Conte
5. Patrick Vieira
4. Jurgen Klopp
3. Thomas Frank
2. Pep Guardiola
1. Eddie Howe
It just goes to show what an incredible job Howe has done at Newcastle that he takes top spot despite only being at the helm for six-months.
It’s easy to forget the level of jeopardy the Magpies were in before he got them rolling back in the right direction again and he’s a rightful winner.
Guardiola takes second spot, followed by Thomas Frank in third. The Bees enjoyed a delightful debut Premier League season under Frank and we actually think he might have deserved a place higher.
Klopp can feel slightly aggrieved to not make the top three given his Liverpool team clawed back a 14-point City advantage to take it to the last day.
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Whilst the fifth and sixth places are held by Vieira and Conte. The two bosses of the London based clubs have both experienced great successes in their own right this season, with the Italian leading Spurs back into the Champions League for the first time in three years.
It might be a surprise to see Tuchel occupying 10th place after the stellar start Chelsea had, however to say they fell off the pace in the second half of the campaign would be an understatement.
Whereas Lampard, Marsch and Jackson’s low placings can probably be put down to a lack of time in the job, overall their performances were decent enough.
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