2014 has seen a whole host of managerial comings and goings despite the Premier League having a rather uncharacteristically quiet first half of the 2014-15 campaign in that regard. That being said, here are the top five managerial appointments of the calendar year.
5. Massimiliano Allegri: Juventus (Appointed July 2014)
Whilst Allegri walked into the Italian champions, he walked into a very troubled camp at Juventus and has done an excellent job in keeping the team’s fortunes positive on all fronts. Arturo Vidal was a feature in the back-pages of every newspaper, every day with regards to a possible move to Manchester United whilst Juventus’ own work in the market was disrupted by Antonio Conte’s sudden departure as well as financial issues.
Allegri has since steadied the ship and has guided Juventus to the knockout-phase of the UEFA Champions League, something which Conte failed to do last year costing the club significant financial benefits.
The appointment of Allegri was by no means a popular one at the time with the Juventus faithful almost in a period of initial mourning following Conte’s departure. The 47-year-old Italian was last seen being dismissed by AC Milan the previous season where his methods had gone stale.
After some initial tricky starts and the odd bad result, Allegri’s Juventus appear to be a fine-tuned machine that perhaps may be lacking the spark of intensity that Conte brought to the table but the calm approach of Allegri seems to be better suited to the Champions League.
Despite being a controversial appointment at the time it appears as though Juventus’ quick decision to recruit Allegri was a smart one given how Juventus’ fortunes have continued along an upward trajectory.
4. Garry Monk: Swansea City (Appointed February 2014)
Michael Laudrup’s shock departure from Swansea in February last year looked as if it could be the first stage of the Welsh club’s decline in the Premier League with many supporters shocked when it was announced former club captain Garry Monk would take charge of the team with no notable experience in the field of management.
Since then Monk has gone on to prove all of his detractors wrong with a stellar performance at the helm of the Swans, guiding the club to 8th place in the table at Christmas.
There has also been an excellent level of continuity with regards to the club’s impressive playing style. Monk has encouraged all the aspects of both Brendan Rodgers’ and Michael Laudrup’s playing styles whilst at the club as well as introducing some of his own defensive preferences. As a result Swansea are arguably a more complete team than they have been over the course of the past three seasons.