Slaven Bilic has been the Premier League's best manager so far this season; Ranieri, Pardew follow

Slaven Bilic

The West Ham, Leicester and Crystal Palace bosses have impressed the most thus far this term.

1. West Ham United - Slaven Bilic

The gaffer of gaffers: West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has undoubtedly been the Premier League's top-performing manager so far this season.

Manuel Pellegrini tops the league standings with one of the most expensive squads in world football and has still been thrashed by Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal, meanwhile, have been thrashed by West Ham, while Manchester United have been thrashed by Arsenal.

True, the Hammers have endured two shockers of their own at home to Bournemouth and Leicester City but three incredible away victories at Anfield, the Etihad and the Emirates mean West Ham manager Bilic is the man of the moment and form coach of the top flight.

2. Leicester City - Claudio Ranieri

Not too far behind, though, has been Leicester chief Claudio Ranieri, who seems to have inspired the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy to new heights - even if he inherited them while they were at the top of their games already.

Most expected Ranieri to fail at the King Power but there have been few signs to suggest the Foxes boss will please his critics so far.

Leicester's comebacks have been particularly impressive under the Italian - and memorable.

3. Crystal Palace - Alan Pardew

He may have done himself a huge discredit by continuing to moan about the 100 per cent, undeniably correct sending off of Dwight Gayle - but that doesn't detract from the impressive job Alan Pardew has done at Crystal Palace so far this season.

Palace's strong start has simply been the result of carryover from last term's impressive finish in south London and Pardew is utilising the blend of pace out wide and sheer work rate through the middle he has at his disposal.

Without the Pardew effect, it would also have been far more difficult to attract Yohan Cabaye to Crystal Palace...

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