Who is the best run club in the “Best league in the world”? A complex and difficult questions football fans argue about about on a daily basis. In the first of our group pieces, The lads came together to rank all 20 premier league clubs from worst to best, so you and your friends won’t have to argue anymore. We ranked the clubs based on a number of factors including financial standing, transfers, board room decisions and success in relation to the size of the club.
In our first installment we take a look at the five worst run clubs.
20. Hull City
Hull City are in mess. I could easily leave it there and everyone would agree. This summer alone they lost there manager Steve Bruce after a disagreement over transfers. They lost their best player Mohammad Diame to Newcastle and to top it all off they started the season with only 14 first team players. In recent years there owner Assem Allam tried to change the clubs name to “Hull City Tigers” and recently the club has put sing along lyrics on the advertising hoardings. To give Hull credit they did bounce right back to premier league with promotion through the play-offs but, they are currently in the bottom three of the Premier League and unless the club can pull themselves together they probably will be there in the end of May.
19. Manchester United
The fact that the biggest club in England are rated as the second worst club in England is damning assessment of the work Ed Woodward has done in the last four years. In episode seven of the Pupcast, Dave made the damning assessment that “Manchester United is nothing more than a corporate whore that Ed Woodward is shopping around”. United seem more concerned about making money then actually winning trophies. In the last four years since Alex Ferguson left, United have won no league titles, have only qualified for the champions League once and have won one FA Cup. In defense of Ed Woodward he has given his three managers some of the best players in the world in the last four years. Juan Mata, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were all signed for big fees but, with no real planning or guidance. Kieran in the Pupcast stated “United are trying to be Real Madrid but, there shit”. Its hard to disagree with that logic.
Roman Abramovich has been in charge of Chelsea for 13 years and in his defense, Chelsea have won a lot of trophies. Four Premier Leagues, Four FA Cups, Three League Cups and two European trophies. So why are Chelsea rated so low? They have won more then Arsenal!?!? Well there success was built on club legends Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba. The other players bought to play around them probably only hindered further success. Asir Del Horno (yeah that’s a real player who played for Chelsea) Mateja Kezman, Adrian Mutu, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Fernando Torres were players signed for big fees and amounted to nothing. If you thought the transfers were bad Chelsea have changed manager 13 times in the last 13 years (hiring Jose Mourinho twice) this has never given Chelsea much stability. The amazing thing about Chelsea is just how successful the club has been in spite of how badly they are run.
17. West Ham
This lad above and the fact Dave already wrote about “West Shambles” here says it all really.
Sunderland have been dodging relegation for what seems like forever at this stage but, 2016/2017 really looks like this could be there last. After gaining promotion back to the premier league in 2007 with then manager Roy Keane (yeah someone put him in charge of a football club) Sunderland has had eleven Managers in the last nine years. They have also had there fair share of controversy. Everyone knows of the Adam Johnson Scandal that was attempted to be covered up by there then chairman just being one example of mayhem in Sunderland. When I think of success for Sunderland, I can think of their League Cup final appearance against Manchester City and sadly there best player of recent memory is a toss of a coin between Jermaine Defoe and that beach ball that assisted Darren Bent against Liverpool. If its any consolation to Sunderland fans, they won’t be this low down in the list next year, because they will be relegated (sorry Sunderland fans).
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