13) Sean Dyche – Burnley
Kettering-born Dyche is the longest-serving manager in the Premier League, having been in charge of Burnley since October 2012. Burnley’s Premier League finishes since their most recent promotion have been 16th, 7th, 15th, 10th, and 17th under Sean Dyce. With such little resources, he has done a rather convincing job with the club, keeping them in the top flight. The manager also guided the Clarets to the Europa League qualification in 2018. The team was in danger of being relegated, but the boss man pulled them out of that position.
12) Mikel Arteta – Arsenal
The Gunners are currently 13th in the league table after 5 matchdays, which must be a thing of concern for the manager. The club finished 8th last season and couldn’t qualify for any European competition. The Spaniard has learned a great deal from Pep Guardiola when he was his assistant manager at Man City. He has won 2 trophies with the North London club including FA Cup. But he needs to start pulling the strings, else a sacking could be on his way.
11) Dean Smith – Aston Villa
Aston Villa finished 11th last season and looked much better team than the season before. Dean Smith outclassed Mikel Arteta in their meeting with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The Villans also defeated Man United and smashed Liverpool 7-2 in last season’s league campaign. If they can perform somewhat similarly this term, their fans will be very happy.
10) Graham Potter – Brighton & Hove
Potter was appointed as the manager of Brighton & Hove Albian in May 2019. The English coach has a progressive and unorthodox coaching style. He prefers possession-based attacking football. He has quite a tremendous success story with Swedish club Ostersunds FK promoting them from 4th tier Swedish football to top division and leading them to the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League knockout stage. Brighton finished the league at 16th place last season. This season they are currently at 4th position, having won four of their first five games.
9) Nuno Espírito Santo – Spurs
The former Wolves manager became the manager of Tottenham in the summer. Nuno is known for giving a tough time to the Premier League big teams. With a better squad at his disposal now, a lot is expected of him. He is one of the best Premier League managers.
8) Rafael Benitez – Everton
Following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid, Rafa Benitez became the manager of the club. The Toffees finished 10th last season and the fans will hope for a better outing this season. Benitez is not a stranger to the Premier League, having managed Liverpool, Chelsea, and Newcastle before. It will be interesting to see if Benitez could guide the team to a European place.