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Who is the Premier League’s best manager?
Having chosen our Life’s a Pitch Premier League select XI from last season we now need a manager. And if there’s one thing the Premier League has plenty of it’s top managers. The panel throws up the likes of Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini, Alan Pardew of Newcastle, Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo, plus Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and Brendan Rodgers and Paul Lambert for their work at Swansea and Norwich respectively. But who will they decide on?
To get us started, the Guardian’s Dominic Fifield explains why Ferguson should be ruled out as a contender. “The fact that over those last few weeks of the season [Man Utd's] eight-point lead was eroded by Manchester City and United’s world imploded around them, I don’t think Ferguson deserves it on that basis alone.”
Which leads us nicely on to Mancini at Man City, the manager who won the Premier League title. “Yes, he had the money, but given the history of Man City there are no guarantees with that chequebook that you can or will deliver,” explains the Sunday Mirror’s David Walker. “I think what he did, especially right at the end, and the way they came back into it having blown it [means he deserves it].”
But did Mancini’s larger budget give him an unfair advantage? And what about success in other competitions? Journalist and author Ian Ridley champions the claims of Pardew and Di Matteo.
“Alan Pardew did an amazing job with Newcastle United with the resources he was given. But if you’re looking for a manager that’s successful, it’s got to be Roberto Di Matteo. He won the FA Cup and he won the Champions League with Chelsea by not doing very much except getting the older players back on side and sending them out to do the business.”
Watch the video to find out which manager the Life’s a Pitch panel and host Mike Calvin select for the Premier League XI.
Watch the full video discussion by clicking on the play button in the image above.
The Life’s a Pitch Premier League Select XI (so far)
Goalkeeper: Joe Hart
Left-back: Ashley Cole
Right-back: Pablo Zabaleta
Centre-back: Vincent Kompany
Centre-back: Joleon Lescott
Centre-midfield: Yaya Touré
Centre-midfield: Michael Carrick
Left-wing: Gareth Bale
Right-wing: Antonio Valencia
Centre-forward: Robin van Persie
Centre-forward: Wayne Rooney
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