New Premier League bosses graded: Is this Italian top of the class?

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at the end of the match

There are now nine Premier League sides who have changed their manager for this season.

There were eight clubs under new management at the start of this Premier League season, with Swansea City becoming the ninth after sacking Francesco Guidolin and installing Bob Bradley during the campaign. With that in mind, let us take a look at how the new bosses are faring.

Bob Bradley, Swansea City

Bob Bradley took over Swansea when they were in dire straits. However, their position has worsened since the former USMNT coach took over and, apart from a battling performance against Arsenal, there has been nothing to crow about for the Swans.

Grade: D

David Moyes, Sunderland

Two wins on the bounce have changed the complexion of David Moyes’ appointment somewhat. Sunderland still lie three points off safety so clearly they are worse off than when they had Sam Allardyce but they look in better shape than they did a month ago.

Grade: C-

Sunderland manager David Moyes

Mike Phelan, Hull City

Hull are in trouble despite a good start to the season and with just one win in their last 10 Premier League games, they also find themselves in the relegation zone. Despite this, the sporadic signs of encouragement will give Tigers fans hope.

Grade: C

Claude Puel, Southampton

The Frenchman took over as something of an unknown quantity and has managed as such - many did not predict such heavy usage of Charlie Austin and Nathan Redmond. They lie in tenth after some tricky games but still look like a tidy side.

Grade: C+

Walter Mazzarri, Watford

The Italian has come in and done extremely well. One of the many managers using three at the back, Mazzarri has pulled off some excellent performances - most notably, the impressive 3-1 win over arch rival Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side.

Grade: A

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri

Ronald Koeman, Everton

Having left Southampton for the Toffees in the summer, big things were expected of Koeman. He has delivered in the sense that they look much more stable than under Roberto Martinez, but their recent struggles hint at some problems that threaten to bubble up.

Grade: B-

Jose Mourinho, Manchester United

For a man of his vast Premier League experience and the most expensive player of all time at his disposal, this has been a pretty shoddy few months in charge. United are yet to fully click under Mourinho and the gap between them and the top four may already be too big to overhaul even at this early stage.

Grade: C-

Antonio Conte, Chelsea

After a rough start, which included a horrendous performance in the 3-0 loss at the Emirates, Conte has organised his Chelsea team into his image. Free-scoring and miserly in the defence, they now stand as one of the favourites for the title.

Grade: A-

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City

The long-awaited arrival of Guardiola has not entirely gone to plan, but he has still got Manchester City looking dangerous again. Defensive errors have plagued the two-time Premier League champions but up front, there are few sides who look deadlier.

Grade: B+

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