EPL Manager Report Card

Goal Singapore takes a look at the performances so far of the new Premier League managers

David Moyes
You can hear the panic buttons sounding at Old Trafford from a thousand miles away. Most were aware that life without Sir Alex Ferguson was going to be tough, but thought that David Moyes was up for the challenge. Little did United fans expect that they would only collect 7 points from their first 6 games. To make matters worse, the former Everton manager has brought in a conservative playing style to the club, much to the displeasure of the United faithful whose only memory was Sir Alex’s swashbuckling approach. If things don’t improve, the 6-year-contract Moyes has might not even hit the 6-month mark.

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho’s second stint with the Blues isn’t turning out to be a walk in the park after all. The Portuguese, who won two league titles at Stamford Bridge some years back, is having a much tougher time this season. With most of his old guard already gone, many players needed to acclimatise to his brash and unforgiving attitude. Though he has instilled a winning mentality to his troops, he has divided the dressing room at the same time. His sparing use of Juan Mata has perplexed both players and fans as their top player for the past two seasons now spends his days bench warming. Chelsea do possess a title-winning squad, but how the manager handles his players will probably determine the final outcome.

Manuel Pellegrini
Two 3-2 defeats against Cardiff City and Aston Villa this season has left the Chilean bemused. With so much quality at his disposal, it’s amusing how his side actually dropped points despite going ahead in both matches. With their new signings still finding their foot in the English league, Pellegrini just needs a little more time to allow his side to gel. Though they are creating more that 20 chances each game, the lack of understanding meant that they were unable to convert most of those opportunities. I do think the 60-year-old has done a decent job so far, and the thrashing of derby rivals Manchester United was one to savour.

Roberto Martinez
Some fans were apprehensive when Martinez was selected as the replacement for David Moyes. After all, his former side Wigan were relegated at the end of last season. But things are looking positive so far, with the Toffees being the only unbeaten side in the league at this early stage. Victory over Chelsea revealed the side’s maturity, and their ability to take on the big boys. Expect Martinez to use the money from Marouane Fellaini’s sale in January to cement their place for a European spot.

Mark Hughes
Running teams on tight budgets is never easy for a manager, especially in the Premier League where many clubs are able to splurge on top names. Though the 49-year-old Welshman doesn’t have the luxury of cash like his peers, he possesses a team capable of grinding out results. Since their promotion to the Premier League in 2008, the Potters have always finished in mid-table, thanks to Tony Pulis’s defensive mind-set. If Hughes wants to continue this trend, he needs his players to maintain their focus during those 90 minutes each week as every point counts.