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Underrated Managers In English Football
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Underrated Managers In English Football

Paul Heckingbottom Free Agent

My first choice might seem a strange choice, in that he has never had any real success and was a complete flop at Leeds, but it was an impossible job he was thrust into, that had little chance of doing anything at that period with the club. While I do not particularly rate him as a manager either, I just think he was not as bad as he was made to seem.

Zdenek Zeman Free Agent

Zeman has pretty much disappeared into obscurity now, but at one time he was a standout manager in Serie A, not just in terms of how well his teams performed, but also in being the one manager advocating attacking football. If only he had been given the chance to take over at a top club, with the quality of players to really make the most of his all out attacking tactics.

Claude Puel Leicester City

Arrived at Southampton as pretty much an unknown in England, yet managed to finish 8th and reach the League Cup final with the Saints, only to get the sack. He ended up at Leicester, who he turned around and made into a safe top half team. Yet still everyone pretty much expected him to be searching for a new job in the summer. It feels like his reputation is suffering because of his lack of charisma and the way he fails to light up press conferences.

Chris Hughton Brighton & Hove Albion

Has done well everywhere he has been, winning promotion with Newcastle United, Norwich City and now Brighton, yet seems to get little credit other than for being a nice guy. And yes, he is a nice guy, but he is also a good manager who does some fantastic work.

Graham Potter Swansea City

Worked a miracle with Ostersunds, yet somehow the only job offer he got worth leaving them for was a Swansea side in a complete and utter mess. How on earth he ended up at the shambles in South Wales is beyond me. Even with the board offloading almost every defender the club has without bringing any in, he has still turned them around and got them in the promotion picture.

Neil Harris Millwall

Is doing a decent job with the Wall but is flying completely under the radar, probably because of the team he is managing. Deserves some recognition and maybe a bigger job to see how he gets on.

Dean Smith Brentford

The only question is whether or not Brentford's good form is down to their recruitment or Smith's management. I tend to go for a bit of both and feel Smith is another lacking recognition for his achievements.

Chris Wilder Sheffield United

Despite a smaller budget than most of his competitors, Wilder has managed to keep the Blades up there in the battle for promotion. He is not a forward thinker, it is very much about going back to basics for him, but he is doing the basics well.

Marcelo Bielsa Leeds United

It seems very strange to suggest he is underrated considering all the other top managers rave about how great he is, however the very fact that he is managing a club in the second tier of English football tells you how underrated one of the greatest coaches of the modern era is.

Paul Cook Wigan Athletic

Has worked wonders with Wigan, who were in a downward spiral, looking like a team who were set to return to the non-league scene. Cook steadied the ship and took them back into the Championship, gave Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side a terrible fright in the cup and yet his name never gets mentioned when jobs become available.

Written by Ed001 September 11 2018 16:00:54


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