Mauricio Pochettino

5 Most Surprising Managerial Appointments in the Premier League Era

Since the Premier League began, there have been many managers who have been appointed at various clubs, with various different objectives. Some were brought in to stave off relegation, others with the intention of helping the club grow while many were brought in to win trophies. 

While many of them have been successful, a lot more have failed in their quest to achieve the club's targets, making their appointments odd in the first place. Here are five surprising managerial appointments in the Premier League era:

5. Bob Bradley - Swansea City

Bob Bradley made his name in football circles as the manager of the United States Men's national team, winning the Gold Cup in 2007 and finishing runners up in the 2009 Confederations Cup. 

He had not had great success managing clubs, but Swansea City still hired him in October 2016 ahead of Ryan Giggs, making him the first American to manage a Premier League club. 

However, he never fit in the league with his Americanisms and lasted only 85 days, making it the second-shortest managerial reign in the competition. 

4. Paolo Di Canio - Sunderland

Before being named as the manager of Sunderland in late March 2013, the only managerial experience Paolo Di Canio had was guiding Swindon Town to League One. 

He was also known for his outspoken and fiery attitude while also having political leanings that not everyone could digest. 

Although it seemed to work in the short term, with the club escaping relegation that season, he was sacked after picking up only one point in five games in the new season. 

3. Alan Pardew - Newcastle United

When Newcastle United chose to fire Chris Houghton despite the manager guiding them back to the Premier League and holding on to a decent 11th place in the table in their season back, they announced they were looking for someone with more experience. 

So, it came as a shock when they chose to hire Alan Pardew on a five-and-a-half year contract, despite the gaffer's last job being at League One side Southampton. He did have one very good season when they finished fifth in the league, but none of the fans were sorry when he left the team for Crystal Palace

2. Mauricio Pochettino - Southampton

Mauricio Pochettino was brought in as manager at Southampton when they were three points above the relegation zone in January 2013, a decent achievement for a club that had just come up. 

Not at a lot of people at the club were happy with the appointment of the Argentine considering he had only managed Espanyol until then, but hiring him turned out to be an inspired decision, with the team finishing in 14th position that campaign. 

The following season, he guided Southampton to their best ever finish in the Premier League as they climbed up to eighth position. He then moved on to join Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.

1. Sven-Goran Eriksson - Manchester City

When former Thailand Prime Minister Thakshin Shinawatra bought Manchester City, he turned to Sven-Goran Eriksson as the manager with the expectation that he would be able to realise the team's ambition of becoming the biggest football club in the world. 

However, things did not go well for the team despite winning both derby games against Manchester United. They managed to finish only ninth that season, with the last game of the campaign ending in a 8-1 defeat to Middlesbrough

The club parted ways with the Swedish manager after the season ended. 

Looking at the five most surprising managerial appointments in Premier League era.