Which Premier League manager should actually be in charge of your favourite football team?


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eHarmony’s matching team has developed a new workplace compatibility algorithm to help determine which Premier League managers are actually compatible with their teams

Take our quiz to find out which Premier League team you should be managing

Move over Mourinho; according to the experts at eH Labs, Watford’s Walter Mazzarri should be managing Manchester United.

Our matching team turned their attention away from romantic connections to tackle workplace compatibility, and conducted an experiment to reveal which Premier League managers are the most compatible with their teams based on 13 key personality traits.

And the result? Well, we found that six of the Premier League’s football managers are fundamentally incompatible with their teams!

Our research found that Mourinho and Manchester United are definitely not a match made in heaven. It’s hardly surprising; Mourinho is not someone who shies away from conflict and is happy to cause arguments whereas the average Man U player is not quite so hot-headed.  Mourinho is also a lot less trusting than his players, so he’ll be keen for the squad to follow a specific plan without deviation, which is sure to cause tension with players who like to go with the flow.

Claude Puel is also likely to clash with Southampton this season. The squad and their manager have significant differences in integrity, extroversion and emotional stability. Southampton’s players are typically very honest and like playing by the rules, while their manager isn’t averse to bending the rules when necessary. He’s also an extroverted character who likes a lot of communication, in contrast to the average Southampton player who is a little more shy and reserved.

In contrast, Chelsea fans will be pleased to find out that Antonio Conte is an ideal match for their team. The manager and squad are both conscientious and like to plan ahead, feeling comfortable going into games with a plan that they can stick to and adjust when necessary. They both value organisation in football and have average levels of extroversion, so any interactions that Conte does have with his team are likely to be necessary and useful.

Ronald Koeman has also found a great fit in Everton. The ambitious manager and his team are both looking to achieve and are happy to look ahead to the next win rather than celebrate every victory along the way. This ambition works well with a competitive streak and both Koeman and his players strive to be the best no matter what, which could turn out to be a recipe for success.

Distrust lies at the heart of Arsene Wenger’s incompatibility with Arsenal; the manager wants his game plans to be followed exactly as he dictates and doesn’t want his players to do anything that doesn’t follow this plan. However, the average Arsenal player prefers to bend the plan a little and adjust to situations by making their own judgement calls – a surefire way to drive Wenger crazy!

Jurgen Klopp’s tendency to take his team on an emotional rollercoaster prevents him from being a great match for Liverpool. When things are good, he’s great but when times are bad, Klopp can sink pretty low and feel a great deal of anxiety and regret. However, the average Liverpool player is able to brush off past failures and move on. Liverpool’s players are also not very argumentative, which may cause them to clash with Klopp’s love of conflict – he always feels comfortable confronting anyone who’s wronged him.

Which Premier League manager is most compatible with their team?

Rank Team Manager
1 Everton Ronald Koeman
2 Chelsea Antonio Conte
3 Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino
4 Middlesbrough Aitor Karanka
5 Swansea Francesco Guidolin
6 Leicester Claudio Ranieri
7 West Brom Tony Pulis
8 Burnley Sean Dyche
9 Crystal Palace Alan Pardew
10 Bournemouth Eddie Howe
11 Stoke Mark Hughes
12 Manchester United Jose Mourinho
13 West Ham Slaven Bilic
14 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp
15 Hull Mike Phelan
16 Manchester City Pep Guardiola
17 Watford Walter Mazzari
18 Sunderland David Moyes
19 Arsenal Arsene Wenger
20 Southampton Claude Puel

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