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May 2013 Premier League Manager Power Rankings

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COMMENTARY | My week-long farewell to the 2012-13 Premier League season ends with one final list. A couple of things need to be pointed out before moving on to the actual power rankings. This list will only include current Premier League managers who had jobs in the league last season. That means that Malky Mackay and Steve Bruce will not be mentioned below. I also elected to not add individuals rumored to be EPL managers come next August.

Jose Mourinho to Chelsea hasn't yet been confirmed, so he'll just have to wait.

May 2013 Premier League manager power rankings

13. Paolo Di Canio (Sunderland, finished 17th in the league table): I applaud Di Canio for taking a stand against his players who celebrated a bit too much after learning that Sunderland didn't have to worry about relegation. With that said, I'm still not sold on his ability to keep his side safe for an entire season.

12. Alan Pardew (Newcastle, finished 16th in the league table): Pardew's Newcastle had a rough go of it while dealing with both EPL and Europa League football. Granted, his squad was decimated by injuries, but it was still a surprise to see Newcastle fighting for their Premier League lives in May. The club announced on May 24 that Pardew is safe as the team's manager; for now.

11. Mauricio Pochettino (Southampton, finished 14th in the league table): Pochettino was signed by Southampton in January for one reason; keep the club in the Premier League. That he did, but the team experienced a significant letdown after the shot in the arm that comes with a new manager being installed wore off.

10. Chris Hughton (Norwich City, finished 11th in the league table): I've been a big fan of Hughton for quite some time, and I do expect Norwich to move forward next season. None of that erases just how poor this team played during the second half of this past campaign.

9. Martin Jol (Fulham, finished 12th in the league table): It's easy to criticize Fulham's points haul until you remember that Jol lost his two best players to Tottenham Hotspur last summer. Jol would probably be higher in this list if his squad wouldn't have phoned it in this past spring after getting to 40 points.

8. Steve Clarke (West Bromwich Albion, finished 8th in the league table): I at first thought it harsh to rank Clarke this low. Then I looked at what the bosses rated ahead of him achieved in 2012-13, and realized that this is fair. Replacing the on-loan Romelu Lukaku will be his biggest task of the summer.

7. Paul Lambert (Aston Villa, finished 15th in the league table): Lambert appears to be the right man to lead Villa for years to come. Make no mistake about the fact that this is going to be a stronger overall team next season even if Christian Benteke does move on to a bigger club.

6. Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool, finished 7th in the league table): Year one of the Rodgers rebuild at Liverpool ended with the club having not earned European football, which may not be the worst thing for the team's immediate future. Now what to do with Luis Suarez...

5. Sam Allardyce (West Ham United, finished 10th in the league table): Allardyce was extremely busy last summer, building a squad that would keep his side from falling back into the Championship. Now, he'll be looking to have West Ham ready to compete with the likes of Swans and West Brom.

4. Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham Hotspur, finished 5th in the league table): Spurs finished the campaign on 72 points, and the team's squad is stronger than it was one year ago. Is there anybody out there who still refuses to believe in AVB?

3. Arsène Wenger (Arsenal, finished 4th in the league table): Arsenal supporters have every right to be upset about the club's current trophy drought. Several teams, their north London rivals included, would take earning Champions League year in and year out in a heartbeat.

2. Michael Laudrup (Swansea City, finished 9th in the league table): Laudrup took Swans to League Cup glory and to an impressive top-ten league finish. If Roberto Martinez decides to stay put, Laudrup could be making a move to Everton before the official start of summer.

1. David Moyes (Manchester United, Champions): One of the best minds in English football gets to take over the top-flight league's best team. Replacing a legend won't be easy, but Moyes is still in a pretty good spot.

For more: Top Bale goals, Top non-Bale goals, Spurs May review, Spurs season awards, Top moments of season

Zac has been covering Tottenham Hotspur, Major League Soccer, New York Red Bulls, the USMNT and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.

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