The top 5 managers of the Premier League so far: Featuring Southampton, Swansea & West Ham bosses

Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman, Garry Monk & Sam Allardyce all feature.

Jose Mourinho - Chelsea

It would be a travesty if the top-performing manager in the Premier League was not on any 'top-five manager' lists seven games into the league campaign.

Yes, Jose Mourinho had huge funds available to him in the summer, meaning a squad brimming with some of the best talent in the world. But it is one thing having a talented squad and another using it.

Mourinho was key in Chelsea securing their transfer targets early in the summer and, despite the odd touchline altercation with Arsene Wenger, he has been equally key in keeping the Blues unbeaten at the top of the table.

Ronald Koeman - Southampton

Ronald Koeman faced a number of big hurdles when he arrived at St Mary's. There was plenty of talk of a relegation dogfight in the season ahead for Southampton, with the Dutchman having to see several key players depart over the summer.

But did that faze Koeman? Not one bit. The 51-year-old has guided the Saints to third in the league, through a mixture of superb transfer business, expert tactics and the odd change on the training ground - if midfielder James Ward-Prowse is to be believed.

Garry Monk - Swansea City

Swansea have a very good track record when it comes to managers. Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers have both managed the Welsh side, while the appointment of Michael Laudrup brought them their first ever major knockout trophy.

When Laudrup's reign quickly turned sour, however, the club acted swiftly and replaced him with the inexperienced Garry Monk. And they haven't looked back since.

Bringing his own suave and sophistication to the Premier League, Monk has guided the Swans to fifth in the table after seven games and looks as though he invented Swansea's passing game, so comfortable is he in the hotseat.

Sam Allardyce - West Ham United

Another man to have addressed quite a few critics over the summer, Sam Allardyce has taken his West Ham side to a very impressive seventh in the league.

Once again, fine transfer business is a key factor in the Hammers' early success but individual tactical decisions, such as moving Stewart Downing into central midfield, have really shown what Allardyce can do when he puts his mind to things.

The pressure was on the 59-year-old before the current campaign began and he has delivered with aplomb so far. West Ham co-owner David Sullivan recently revealed that contract talks won't begin with Allardyce until nearer the end of the season - but the Hammers boss could certainly do a job elsewhere if the Upton Park hierarchy are in no hurry to sign him up.

Paul Lambert - Aston Villa

The final member of the top flight's top five, Paul Lambert has also done a remarkable job so far this Premier League season. The Scot brought Roy Keane to Villa Park as his assistant in the summer - and that shrewd move looks to have paid dividends, while Aston Villa's flying start was credit to a summer of good work by Lambert.

Villa have dipped since but only because of a run of difficult fixtures against tough opposition. Should the 45-year-old get his side scoring more goals, it could be a comfortable season indeed for the Villans, in stark contrast to last campaign.

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