Thursday 21 November 2019

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HOW MANY PL CLUBS HAVE THE SAME MANAGER FROM A YEAR AGO?

Between Euro 2012 and the Olympics, it's been difficult to keep track of the Premier League's managerial merry-go-round and, compared to this time last year, there has been plenty of action.

Of the 17 teams who started the Premier League last year, and who are there again this season, nine go into battle with a different manager.

The highest-finishing team to change their manager are Tottenham, who replaced Harry Redknapp with Andre Villas-Boas -- who, a year ago, was hoping to steer Chelsea's Premier League title charge. Paul Lambert (Norwich to Aston Villa) and Brendan Rodgers (Swansea to Liverpool) also find themselves starting with different clubs, while Steve Clarke, assistant at Liverpool a year ago, is now in charge at West Brom.

The three clubs who came up last year all have different managers to the ones who got promotion, with Mark Hughes having replaced Neil Warnock at QPR, Michael Laudrup in at Swansea, and Chris Hughton now in the Norwich hot seat.

Completing the set are two clubs who replaced managers with reasonable success last season, as Chelsea brought in Roberto di Matteo to replace Villas-Boas and Martin O'Neill took over from Steve Bruce at Sunderland.

Irish Independent

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