Arsenal: Unai Emery was the handpicked successor to long serving Arsene Wenger. Despite some early season struggles, Emery has settled in well. After years of a splintered fan base comprised of Wenger out and Wenger supporters, so far Emery has been able to bring unity to the club.
AFC Bournemouth: Eddie Howe is a club legend as both a player and a manager for this side. He started his managerial career at Bournemouth in 2008 where he stayed until he had a short stint with Burnley before returning back to Bournemouth. Howe has had his name thrown into a number of hats at higher echelon clubs and he continues to flourish.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Chris Hughton has been with Brighton since 2014 after taking over for Sami Hyppiä resigned four months into the season. Hughton has led the Seagulls to two separate runs of at least 18-games unbeaten.
Burnley: Sean Dyche has been with the club since late 2012 (after Eddie Howe left for Bournemouth). He’s been successful at Burnley getting them back to the Premier League in 2014 where they’ve resided since.
Cardiff City: Neil Warnock has been around for almost 39 years. He came into management off the back of an 11 year playing career to start managing at age 30. He’s managed to win promotion repeatedly for clubs but has had much less success keeping them at their new level. He’s been with Cardiff City since 2016 and has guided them to the Premier League via a promotion. By doing so, he became the first to win 8 promotions in a managerial career.
Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri is a newcomer to the English Premier League (replacing Antonio Conte) after a career in Italy. Sarri is one of the managers who never had a professional playing career. He’s actually followed after Conte before, in 2007 at Pescara although he was later replaced by Conte at the same club.
Crystal Palace: Roy Hodgson has divided his time between national team management and club duties. He managed the Switzerland, UAE, Finland and England. Although Hodgson “played” for Crystal Palace he never made a senior appearance. He’s been with the club since 2017.
Everton: Marco Silva had a decent playing career at Estoril where he had his first coaching stint. After spending time in Portugal and Greece he moved to the Premier League where he secured a position with Everton after a successful stint with Wolves.
Fulham: Claudio Ranieri led Premier League rivals, Leicester City to the club’s first Premier League Championship. After an underwhelming encore season he was sacked, after a year with Nantes he returned to Fulham replacing revelry sacked-Slaviša Jokanović.
Huddersfield Town (interim): Mark Hudson, Huddersfield Town’s U23 Coach will be taking the head coaching role for at least the Manchester City game.
Leicester City: Claude Puel has vast playing experience as an AS Monaco defensive midfielder where he has nearly 500 appearances. Puel took over for Leicester City after the sacking of Craig Shakespeare and led to a mid season finish in 2017-2018.
Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp came to Liverpool after 5 years with Borussia Dortmund and a number of successful seasons. He departed with several trophies and came to Liverpool after Brendan Rodgers was sacked. He achieved runner up to Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League after a 3-1 loss.
Manchester City: Pep Guardiola ended last season as the manager of the year in the Premier League after breaking records with his Manchester City side. He has a long playing history with Barcelona where he coached along with Bayern Munich.
Manchester United (caretaker): Ole Gunnar Solskjær made 235 appearances for Manchester United as a forward. He is currently the caretaker manager after Jose Mourinho was sacked, although he was previously the manager at Molde in Norway. He is reported to be a favorite to keep the position chasing only Mauricio Pochettino.
Newcastle United: Rafael Benitez has been with Newcastle since March of 2016. He was hired to save them from relegation and although unable to do so he won relegation back at the first ask. He has had mixed success in long-term appointments although he’s had a very wide range of managerial successes.
Southampton: Ralph Hasenhüttl came on to replace Mark Hughes who was sacked in early December amongst a light winless streak. Hasenhüttl spent a number of seasons at RB Leipzig ending in May 2018 when he left the club.
Tottenham Hotspur: Mauricio Pochettino joined the managerial ranks after 18 seasons as a center back. His longest playing stint was also his first managerial venture, in Espanyol. The only knock on Pochettino is that he has (this far) failed to bring home any trophies. He’s also the favorite according to the bookies to take over at Manchester United.
Watford: Javi Gracia took over in January for Marco Silva at Watford after a spell which saw Silva brought into Everton. He joined Watford on a short term (18 month) contract and brought the team out in blistering form to open the season. However, they’ve have noticeably cooled in the recent games.
West Ham United: Manuel Pellegrini is a very experienced manager who has worked in several countries. Pellegrini has spent time at Real Madrid, Manchester City and the Chinese side Hebei China Fortune. After a poor start to the season, the hammers have started to have some success.
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Nuno Espírito Santo is substantially less experienced than some of the other managers on this list, but he’s done very well at Wolves. After winning the EFL Championship with Wolves last season, they are in the top half of the table to date.
Sacked during the season:
- Jose Mourinho: Is one of the most prolific managers in terms of trophies calling himself “the special one”. He had very successful spells at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter. His second spell at Chelsea started well winning a league title before being dismissed his second season. With Manchester United he won the Europa League but was dismissed after a relative lack of success this season.
- Mark Hughes: Is another very experienced manager after a successful playing career. He spent 15 years at the helm of the Welsh National Team. Despite having a successful 5-year spell with Stoke, he was much less successful in his time at Southampton until ultimately being dismissed.
- Slaviša Jokanović: Made over 400 appearances as defensive midfielder and ultimately a head coach at Partizan. Jokanović was with Fulham long enough to win promotion from the Championship. Ultimately, however, a series of poor results cost him his job.
- David Wagner was a dual-eligible professional player who eventually represented the US National team before coaching. His first stint was as the manager of Borussia Dortmund II, after which he was appointed to Huddersfield Town. In the 16-17 season he led them to a playoff position and secured EFL manager of the year as the Huddersfield manager.