Managers: The transformation from Europe to England

Managers: The transformation from Europe to England

Some of the world's best managers have tried their hand in the Premier League in recent years and have been swallowed up by its pressures. The Premier League is renowned for its unpredictability and high expectations and for some managers, it's proved too much. The British media are ruthless, the fans are demanding and the league is dramatic - all of which contribute to the rise and fall of the world's managers. Pep Guardiola is the latest 'genius' to put …
EPL Manager Index | Wenger & Mourinho in Top 3, Rodgers rebounds

EPL Manager Index | Wenger & Mourinho in Top 3, Rodgers rebounds

For details of how the EPL Manager Impact Index operates, and the criteria for points, see this post (http://eplindex.wpengine.com/38232/premier-league-manager-impact-index.html). Weeks (games) 13 and 14 have just been played so this is an update for both weeks.  I thought about just writing an update of all points at Week 14, however, something special happened last Sunday for Hull City fans (which I am) so I had to give Week 13 a little mention.  Hull City managed to beat Liverpool for the …
Tottenham Vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Tottenham Vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Following their abysmal performance in the 6-0 loss versus Manchester City last Sunday, Spurs host another Manchester club on Sunday; David Moyes' Manchester United side, who are unbeaten in their last 10 in all competitions. Their past meetings with Manchester United at White Hart Lane have been almost one-sided in terms of results; Spurs have failed to win against Manchester United at the Lane since 2001, a 3-1 win, and a run of twelve Premier League games, drawing four and …
Hugo Lloris: The Perfect Goalkeeper for AVB's Tactics

Hugo Lloris: The Perfect Goalkeeper for AVB's Tactics

Sunday’s 0-0 stalemate between Tottenham and Everton marked the impressive feat of Hugo Lloris already claiming his 12th clean sheet of the season. Tottenham’s defensive record this season has seen them concede 5 goals in 10 matches with 7 clean sheets achieved by Lloris in the league and 5 coming in Europa League where Spurs are yet to concede. Andre Villas Boas likes his side to play with a high defensive line and despite players such as Michael Dawson not …
EPL Manager Impact Index - Week 3 Update | Hughes, Rodgers & Pelegrini

EPL Manager Impact Index - Week 3 Update | Hughes, Rodgers & Pelegrini

Week 3 of the Premier League has been and gone, the Manager Impact Index has been updated and, as with the first 2 weeks, there were some big winners and some poor losers.  The leader is a bit of a surprise, whereas the bottom 3 probably won't surprise anyone.  Still, we're only 3 games in.... If you're new to the EPL Manager Impact Index it may be worth having a read of the explanation before you dive in, it can …
Spurs Info-Graphics | Goals Conceded under Redknapp & AVB Comparison

Spurs Info-Graphics | Goals Conceded under Redknapp & AVB Comparison

In an earlier article we looked at whether Tottenham had improved under Andre Villas-Boas compared to the 2011/2012 season and discovered that although Tottenham had let the opposition have fewer shots on target they had conceded 0.13 more goals per game. We take a more detailed look into Tottenham's defensive performances by looking where on the pitch Tottenham conceded their goals in the last two seasons as well as where on the pitch the opposition had the most shots on target. …
Gareth Bale Staying Put | Bale Stats

Gareth Bale Staying Put | Bale Stats

Andre Villas-Boas has assured Tottenham fans that Gareth Bale will still be at White Hart Lane next season, whether the North London side qualify for the Champions League or not. The Tottenham manager said "The information that I have from the club, which was mistakenly written about last week, is that the player is here to remain, independent of the objectives of Champions League qualification being achieved or not. "I would be extremely surprised (if he left). [quote] "Whatever price tag the player …
Villas Boas displays adaptability – earning plaudits in defeat

Villas Boas displays adaptability – earning plaudits in defeat

Andre Villas Boas has taken a lot of stick from some Tottenham fans over recent weeks, despite the challenges he has faced in his short time at the helm at White Hart Lane. Some have questioned his ‘negative’ tactics and him not playing ‘the Tottenham way’.  Question marks have been placed on his team selection and how he has set the team out to play. He has been in a position where he is damned if he does, damned if …
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