5 best interim managers in the Premier League

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Guus Hiddink
Aadi Nair
Modified 17 Nov 2017
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In recent years, the Premier League has grown into a global phenomenon, with a strong overseas presence and ever-growing coffers. This increase in the Premier League's earnings and expenditure has led to increased stakes for Premier League clubs. The rewards for finishing higher in the table have become larger, whereas the downfalls of being relegated have become worse.

In such a competitive atmosphere, the role of the Premier League manager has become more strenuous and short-lived. The manager has traditionally been a more prominent figure in English football, which has made them more culpable when things go wrong. The Premier League has already seen the terminations of four managers this season, namely Frank de Boer, Craig Shakespeare, Ronald Koeman and Slaven Bilic.

However, when Premier League managers depart, it can often be difficult for clubs to fix the problems that precipitated the termination of the manager in the first place. Interim managers often have to come into struggling clubs and pick up the pieces, and that can be a daunting task. While most temporary appointments struggle to inspire comebacks, there have been a few interim managers who have been considerably successful in their endeavours. Here is a list of five such managers who were able to help a club in their brief spells in charge.

#5 Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink has been appointed as interim manager of Chelsea on two separate occasions. His first spell as interim manager came during the 2008-09 season, after the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari. The Dutchman reinvigorated a fading Chelsea side, winning his first three matches as manager of Chelsea.

Chelsea lost only one Premier League match under Guus Hiddink in the remainder of the season, eventually finishing third in the league. Hiddink's chances of winning the league were mathematically impossible when he joined as interim manager, but Chelsea performed well to eventually finish just seven points behind champions Manchester United. The Blues also won the FA Cup by defeating Everton 2-1 in the final.

His second spell as interim manager came in the 2015-16 season, after the unceremonious departure of Jose Mourinho. Chelsea were languishing in 16th place when Hiddink joined and the club was mired in chaos. Hiddink put together an unbeaten run of 12 games in the league, helping Chelsea to eventually finish in 10th place.

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Published 17 Nov 2017
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