Best-Dressed Managers: The Premier League Style Table

The good, bad and ugly of touchline style this season

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So it’s turning into something of a vintage season in the Premier League - a three-way title fight, declining empires, a tactical shift towards possession football and more sackings than the North Korean hairdressing industry.

While the touchline style may not have been quite up to the same standard, it seems a good time to assess which managers have stood out in the sartorial stakes and which need to hold their baseball-capped heads in shame.

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Yes, they’ve probably got enough to worry about picking up points and the like, without being analysed by us on how well they dress before they leave the house, but considering how much time we have to spend watching them patrol the touchline, we say it’s fair to hold them to a little sartorial scrutiny. So here goes:

Not a big risk-taker perhaps, but the dapper Everton manager likes to keep his wardrobe choices as neat and tidy as his team’s passing game. On matchday, you won’t catch this man in a club-issue nylon training top. A relentless innovator and football student, he understands the importance of setting the standard in the top job and it’s for his consistency and attention to detail that the ever-likeable Spaniard takes the title.

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The Argentinian is as likely to be found in his training kit as he is in a suit, but when the 42-year-old Southampton head coach does decide to do it properly, there are few in the Premier League who look sharper.
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In his first stint at Chelsea, Mourinho set the style bar high, becoming a benchmark in coaching style. While he’s older, and perhaps isn’t trying as hard as he once did, the 51-year-old Portuguese still manages to stand high above the majority. 

When the urbane Chilean first came into the English game, he made an instant impact with his crisp white shirts and classic tailoring, and appeared an early season shoe-in for the Best-Dressed Manager Title. It seems his fellow managers have started to have an influence however and he was recently spotted in this hooded-almost-a-onesie (below). Inconsistent.
 
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A surprisingly high position for the relagation-embattled motormouth, but his smart-casual touchline attire has been consistently solid in a wealthy-drug-baron-a- weekend-function kind of way. Not so keen on the monogrammed G.P. on his personalised snood however.

The Newcastle manager clearly rates himself pretty highly, but one happy side-effect of this is that he cares about the clothes he wears. Reportedly a wearer of bespoke suits, the Englishman has the potential to catch his continental rivals with a couple more big-ticket signings. A decent coat for starters.

The 60-year-old German may have had little impact on Fulham’s ability to pick up points but he has made an impression with his hipster-ish glasses, tailored suits and eccentric scarf-tieing techniques.

Dull, maybe, but dependable. The Norwich City manager likes to stick with what he knows and that tends to mean a well-fitting quilted jacket, v-neck jumper and yellow club colours tie.

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Not a natural clothes horse maybe, but the under-fire Scot has at least attempted to maintain a consistently smart and workable outfit - with ever-present under cardie - for the high-profile hot-seat at United. Definitely an improvement on the previous Old Trafford incumbent.

An improving season in the style stakes for the Professor - the three-quarter length puffer appears to have been boxed up in the attic and the 64-year-old is finally learning how to tie a tie-knot properly.
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As with his team's results, it’s been highs and lows from the Spurs manager. Having flirted with smart suits and scruffy tracksuits, he appears to have settled on his own hybrid of the two – at the same time.

The Spaniard has had his moments but safety is his main priority. And that's reflected in his wardrobe choices.

The Norwegian has managed to maintain his positivity in the face of looming relegation, and similarly his style approach has been well-intentioned without getting the desired results.
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Some fairly solid showings from the Northern-Irishman on the style front this season have been undone by the occasional aberration like this wannabe gangster black shirt and tie combo that made him look like doorstaff at an out-of-town nightclub.

The taciturn Welshman has one look – a decent enough grey suit with white shirt and club tie. Just short of mid-table respectability.

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Big Sam is a hard shape to cut a suit for but the chunky pinstripes and kipper ties he’s always been fond of probably isn’t the answer.

The Villa manager has attempted to smarten up his act this year but the outcome has been as disappointing as his team’s points tally.

Having gone from player to manager after being promoted to replace the always dapper Michael Laudrup it’s perhaps understandable that Monk still dresses like he’s about to go on the pitch.

On a good day, Bruce can resemble an ageing capo in a New Jersey crime family. On a bad day, which is most of the time, he looks like a man-child who hates clothes and shops only in Sports Direct.

While Pulis appears to be in the process of pulling off a semi-miraculous escape act at Crystal Palace, it's unlikely he'll ever be able to prise himself off rock bottom in the style league table. If you're going to become synonymous with a single wardrobe accessory, best not to make it an ill-fitting baseball cap.
 

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