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Premier League manager changes: Pardew awful but Moyes saves West Ham

Since the start of the Premier League season, there have been 10 managerial changes by nine different clubs. That's up from six changes by five clubs last season. But how many of them worked? Who was successful, who failed and who can't we decide about? And perhaps more importantly, why?


Crystal Palace

OUT: Ronald de Boer
IN: Roy Hodgson

You can't overemphasise what an extraordinary job Hodgson has done at Crystal Palace. Not only did he take over a team that had lost their opening four games without scoring a goal, but throughout the season had to deal with injuries to most of his important players. On top of that, after Christian Benteke's confidence evaporated, he also basically had to operate without a centre-forward.

Hodgson did what he always does: used repetitive, exacting training methods to rescue a team from certain oblivion.

West Ham United

OUT: Slaven Bilic
IN: David Moyes

Among all the protests that weren't really about the team, it is missed that Moyes has done a really good job at West Ham. Arriving to find an unfit, imbalanced team bereft of confidence, he got early results against Arsenal and Chelsea. Then, having been given no help in the January transfer window, held it together despite the spring slump which culminated in the protests during the Burnley game.


OUT: Mauricio Pellegrino
IN: Mark Hughes

When Pellegrino was dispensed with in March, it looked like Southampton had left things too late. When they replaced him with Hughes, fresh from sending Stoke on their way to the Championship, it looked like they'd compounded their mistake.

But, while it took a while to get the required results, Hughes managed to get his players together for the big games: it was rarely pretty, but victories over Bournemouth and Swansea were based on pure backbone.

West Bromwich Albion

OUT: Alan Pardew
IN: Darren Moore

It does seem a little incongruous to place West Brom in the "good" section after they were relegated, but it's difficult to see what else Moore could have done.

His appointment looked like a nod ahead to next season -- an attempt to ensure they departed from the Premier League on a high and put themselves in the best position to come back. Moore's Baggies are, at the time of writing, unbeaten, having secured wins over Manchester United and Tottenham. Hopefully he gets the full-time job as reward.


Leicester City

OUT: Craig Shakespeare
IN: Claude Puel

It worked initially. After the Craig Shakespeare was invited to leave the building, the quiet authority of Puel arrived and Leicester only lost one of his first 10 games in charge (and that was to Manchester City).

Perhaps it was a case of things working too well, too quickly; once Leicester were safe they seemed to coast for the rest of the season. Spineless performances and late-season capitulations have led to unrest in the stands, and the likelihood that Puel will depart himself in the summer.


OUT: Marco Silva
IN: Javi Gracia

In the middle of the middle section, the very definition of a neutral job. You suspect that most casual football fans wouldn't be able to pick Gracia out of a line-up, because he hasn't really done anything with Watford: nothing particularly bad, but nothing particularly good either.

And in any case, even if he'd been a world-beater, would he have survived the summer anyway? The last Watford manager to still be in charge at the start of the following season was Malky Mackay in 2010. Gracia will probably move on, and virtually nobody will notice.


OUT: Ronald Koeman
IN: Sam Allardyce

Objectively speaking, Allardyce has done a good job. Everton were 13th when he arrived and five points above the relegation zone, whereas they will finish the season comfortably in the top half, in no danger of the drop.

But he can't be put in the successes section: not with a very vocal section of the Everton support expressing their displeasure with the brand of football he plays, and the way he sniffs at their ambitions for something more. Allardyce currently seems fairly certain he'll be there next season, but this seems an unhappy marriage that both parties might be best out of.


West Bromwich Albion

OUT: Tony Pulis
IN: Alan Pardew

Where to start with just how calamitous Pardew's spell at the Hawthorns was? How about the fact that if you remove his 19 games in charge, West Brom would be in the top-half of the table? How about the trip to Barcelona in which three of his senior players "borrowed" a taxi, the night after Pardew lost his jacket and wallet on a night out?

Pardew seemed obsessed with being the opposite of Pulis, which meant inappropriate team selections and a lax attitude to discipline. Pardew isn't a bad manager, but this was a disaster.

Swansea City

OUT: Paul Clement out
IN: Carlos Carvalhal

For a while, it was all going so well. Carvalhal galvanised a team that looked completely doomed, introducing a freshness and simple optimism they had previously lacked. He hauled them from rock bottom of the table to 13th at the start of March. But then Carvalhal's old conservatism kicked in, the big strike against him at Sheffield Wednesday was that his teams would freeze in big games and his caution was counterproductive. Swansea have collected just three points from the last nine games.

Stoke City

OUT: Mark Hughes out
IN: Paul Lambert

You could argue that Stoke should have moved Hughes on last summer. He had done a fine job there, but things had started to go stale and as the season progressed they went from stale to crumbling.

Having delayed the dismissal too long, Stoke's insistence on replacing him with someone who'd previously managed in the Premier League, when all the other obvious candidates were unavailable, led them to Lambert. He won his first game in charge, but left with a squad bereft of attacking threat and riddled with indiscipline, he could do nothing to halt the slide to relegation.

Nick Miller is a writer for ESPN FC, covering Premier League and European football. Follow him on Twitter @NickMiller79.


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