Manager Spotlight: Ranieri, Guardiola, Wenger & More
In the world of English football, there’s almost as much focus on the managers as there is on the players these days. Many of them are celebrity names in their own right, constantly making the back pages, not only for their team’s performances on the pitch, but for their own performances in the press room.
Here at SportApp, the leading iOS and Android football reminder app we’re putting the spotlight on some of the most talked-about managers. How are they doing so far? And will they still be with their club at the end of the season?
Claudio Ranieri, Leicester City
Ranieri spent much of 2016 walking in dreamland, after his team overcome 5000/1 odds to win the Premier League title. But it seems that Leicester haven’t quite managed to cement their status as a team to be reckoned with this year. They’ve been pulled into a relegation battle, and despite making it to the last sixteen of the UEFA Champions League, their domestic form has been poor. How much of this is down to Ranieri? He managed to inspire the players to a famous title last year, so we feel he’s earned enough goodwill with the owners (and the fans) to merit another season at least – but whether he’ll stay with Leicester if they drop down to the Championship remains to be seen.
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City
When Manchester City announced they were bringing Pep Guardiola to the club this time last year, there was enormous excitement among fans and neutrals (although perhaps not on the red side of Manchester). Guardiola is said to be the greatest manager in the world, having developed the unstoppable Barcelona team of 2008/09 and the fantastic Bayern Munich of recent years. With his fast-passing style that is almost hypnotic, there were those who questioned whether the Spanish manager’s approach would suit the Premier League – and there have been times where his team have come unstuck this season. They lost 4-2 to relegation-battlers Leicester and were embarrassed by Everton in a 4-0 result at Goodison. But Pep’s men seem to have found form at the right time, and they’re firing on all cylinders as they approach the business end of the season. Never miss a match with SportApp, the sports reminder app.
Arsene Wenger, Arsenal
Having spent twenty years at Arsenal, all the recent talk seems to be regarding when Arsene Wenger will finally call it quits and retire. With Arsenal classed as the Premier League’s constant underachievers, fans are starting to turn on Arsene, with walkouts and banners showing their discontent. Many pundits claim that Arsene prefers his team to play ‘pretty’ football, but doesn’t instil the winning mentality into his team. Fans are also angry at his reluctance to splash out in the transfer market – though bringing in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in recent seasons seems to have placated them. Will Arsene still be in a job come August, when the Premier League starts up once more?
Jose Mourinho, Manchester United
It’s no secret that Jose had coveted the role of Manchester United manager since his days at Chelsea. After the club tried different approaches with David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal, finally they let Mourinho take the reins – and many fans agree it was not a moment too soon. United have lacked the ruthless streak and the never-say-die attitude that made them so dominant under Alex Ferguson, and Jose was seen as the man to put things right and bring back winning ways. The club are currently in the EFL Cup Final, still in the FA Cup, still in the Europa League and on an unbeaten run in the Premier League which runs back to October. Winning ways, indeed.
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