Tim Sherwood is the Premier League's worst-performing manager; McClaren and Mourinho follow

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Chelsea boast the Premier League's worst-performing coaches so far this campaign.

1. Aston Villa - Tim Sherwood

There has been a bizarre misreporting of the Villa boss's failings so far this season. It appears he is simply best buds with a lot of the reporters that write about him, as the coach has been getting a very easy ride from the media.

Fans, however, haven't been happy. It's alright blaming the board for the club's structure and transfer market dealings. But you can't blame the Aston Villa board for tactics and selection. And Sherwood has become more and more difficult to understand in both areas in recent weeks.

Take the Chelsea defeat as an example. Sherwood continued to stick by Ashley Westwood and Joelon Lescott - many would argue these are sackable offences in themselves! - and instead dropped Villa's best player in Jordan Amavi. Righto, Tim...

2. Newcastle United - Steve McClaren

The Magpies boss did just beat Norwich City 6-2 but that makes his sole achievement at St James' Park to date beating a team with an awful defence - and defending almost as badly as them for the first half.

Newcastle fans will hope the Norwich win wasn't McClaren's version of Alan Shearer's 3-1 win over Middlesbrough - a one off that saw the Tyneside outfit get relegated anyway.

Particularly worrying has been the Newcastle head coach's refusal to acknowledge his players' poor performances and brushing off of bad results as though they are simply natural. If McClaren builds the Norwich victory into a winning run, kudos. But, based on his opening nine games, the Magpies boss is one of the worst-performing managers in the country.

3. Chelsea - Jose Mourinho

With the players at Mourinho's disposal, the Portuguese coach is certainly underachieving badly at Chelsea right now. Like McClaren, all will be forgiven if the Blues' win over Aston Villa turns into a regular occurence.

But, so far, Mourinho's players have been letting him down and he's responded in a manner few have seen before: he has buckled under the pressure.

Relatively speaking, Chelsea's Premier League position is the worst of anyone's based on the fact they are defending champions. But the hope for fans is that Mourinho's pedigree will lift both the man himself and the team out of their slump.

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