Poll: Which top-flight boss performed the worst last season?


To top off a fantastic season on the south coast Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was named as the LMA Manager of the Year for the 2014-15 season.

After securing promotion to the top-flight the young manager’s stock has never been higher and a bright future is surely in store.

But what about those gaffers who didn’t perform so well?

In today’s poll we want to know which Premier League manager flattered to deceive last season, and was the worst performer in the Premier League’s 20th season.

Manuel Pellegrini

It may seem odd to talk about finishing second as a bad season, but Manchester City’s title defence rolled over with a whimper.

Having not lost any of the key names that won them the championship in 2014, and invariably strengthened in areas, Pellegrini’s second year at the helm was thoroughly underwhelming.

The most damning of stats for his side is that they dropped nine points who were subsequently relegated – a figure that would have brought their tally level with champions Chelsea.

Brendan Rogers

In spending over £100m in the summer, one may have expected Rodgers’ Liverpool side to at least threaten a repeat of the 2013-14 season that saw them finish as runners-up.

But a plundering of the money they received for Luis Suarez, including £25m on Dejan Lovren and £30m on Adam Lallana, as well the acquisition of questionable character Mario Balotelli, saw them slumped in sixth.

More rebuilding will be necessary with Steven Gerrard leaving Anfield, and Rodgers’ recruitment policy will certainly be called into question.

John Carver

They may have escaped relegation on the final day, but ask any Newcastle fans whether John Carver is the man to take them forward, and we can probably guess it won’t be a positive answer.

The Tyneside gaffer then went about setting club records at St James’ Park, although an unprecedented run of eight Premier League defeats probably wasn’t what he had in mind.

Still, Carver believes he is the “best coach in the Premier League”, so who are we to argue?

Paul Lambert

From one great escape to another, and it could have been so different for Aston Villa had Tim Sherwood not stepped in.

Under Paul Lambert, the West Midlands side faced a real threat of dropping down to the second tier for the first time in 24 years.

After a solid start to the campaign, Villa struggled to score goals and dropped into the bottom three, netting just 12 times in 25 games – signalling Lambert’s time at Villa Park was at an end.

Harry Redknapp

His dodgy knees may have saved Redknapp from another relegation, but will they be enough to save him from this award?

The wheeler-dealer astute tactician, ‘Arry got his QPR side well on their way to a drop straight back down to the Championship, largely thanks to their horrific away form.

A grand total of zero points from 11 matches on the road was a new record for the west London club and proved a major part of their downfall.

Gustavo Poyet

He may have ‘masterminded’ goalless draws against Chelsea, and away at Liverpool, but Poyet’s time at charge was a largely frustrating one for Sunderland fans.

Their inability to win matches, with an impressive seven 0-0s in his tenure this season, could have proved costly to their top-flight status.

Where it not for the Uruguayan being given the boot, and Dick Advocaat rescuing the Mackems’ season, another year in the Championship could have been on the cards.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.