What a weekend for the Premier League. And what a weekend for the Manager Impact Index.
There were some surprises, a bit of sulking and even a sacking, that, when all added up means the Manager Impact Index had its busiest weekend so far.
277 points were distributed overall, an increase of 38 points on the previous week. When you consider that 6 of the 20 managers earned nil points (said in a poor French accent) it means that the other 14 managers earned an average of 19.78 points each.
The leap can be put down to a record 9 managers earning over 20 points this week, with 3 managers earning over 30 (the first time any manager has earned over 30 points since David Moyes in week 1).
5 managers saw points gained by substitute impacts, whilst 6 earned points from away wins, both record achievements.
The weekly points award looks like this:
Steve Bruce is appointed leader of the prestigious ’30 Club’, after earning an incredible 39 points from the 3-2 win over Newcastle at St James Park.
On a personal note (as a Hull City fan), it was great to hear and read the positive comments about Hull City that were made after the game. (Hull) City are playing some smashing football and Bruce deserves the accolades. Long may it continue.
Ian Holloway becomes the first manager to get zero points for two weeks running with Moyes, Rodgers, Hughes and Di Canio scoring zero for the first time. Pardew scores zero for the second time, his first being in week 1.
Michael Laudrup takes over from David Moyes at the top of the table, with Moyes dropping 7 places to number 8. 5 managers are in their highest positions so far (in green above) whilst 8 are in their lowest positions (in red above).
The biggest climber of the week is Steve Bruce, climbing 12 to 5th place, whilst Steve Clarke climbs off the bottom spot, where he has spent the last 2 weeks, up 11 places to 9th.
Mark Hughes falls 8 places from 2nd to 10th, with both Moyes and Pardew dropping 7 places apiece.
The only none mover this week is Arsene Wenger who sits comfortably in 3rd, watching the movement happen around him. However, this doesn’t make him the most consistent manager of them all. That honour goes to Manuel Pellegrini who has only ever occupied one of two positions, 2nd or 4th.
The most interesting (and probably coincidental) place is that of the bottom placed manager.
Poor old Paolo Di Canio. It is clear that Ellis Short obviously keeps his eye on the MII and used the fact that Di Canio dropped to the bottom as the trigger to let him go. Well, in my little world that’s what happened. With him removed from the table as of next week, the new bottom placed manager, Chris Hughton, must be panicking.
Di Canio’s full time replacement will slot straight into the table, starting on zero, with points awarded as per everyone else. There will be a note added to the table to point out that they have X amount of games less than the others.
Remember, the MII is not intended to replicate the EPL table in any way, in fact the numbers will always be more interesting the further away they are from the table. For example, Jose Mourinho being 13th in the MII, yet Chelsea being in 4th place is very interesting to me. I’m just not sure why yet.
As usual, the full data table is here: