Just a few weeks into the Premier League, we're already seeing a few surprises from some of the league's favourite teams. It was a tense pre-season as players were bought and sold, paving the way for changes that would turn the Premier League around.
Swansea City raised a few eyebrows after they made their way to second place thanks to a season opener over Manchester United. They now find themselves in third place, having been overtaken by Aston Villa. But what is it about these teams that makes them so successful? Here's a look back at some of the best management decisions this season.
Paul Lambert – Aston Villa
A recent shock 1-0 defeat over Liverpool at Anfield has filled Aston Villa fans with confidence that they could make it all the way to the top. Now in second place, it's largely down to the expert decisions of Paul Lambert, and if he continues his current management style, they could well be contenders against Chelsea. By having a mixed bag of younger players such as Jores Okore, 22, who can look up to more experienced stars like Joe Cole, 32, the team have the winning combination to make it all the way.
Jose Mourinho – Chelsea
Perhaps a far more obvious choice, there is no doubting Jose Mourinho's sterling talents as a manager. Up until April, the 51-year-old had maintained a record of never losing a home game in the Premier League – a feat which was swiftly ruined by one shock game to Sunderland. However, he's keen to start setting new records this season, and by signing Diego Costa he could do just that. For a mere £32 million, Costa has already achieved the title of top goal scorer in this season's Premier League, having scored seven goals in just four games, including one almighty hat trick. Mourinho is notorious for spotting talent, and having made the team favourite to win with Betsafe, he's more than proven that this season.
Ronald Koeman – Southampton
This year's pre-season transfers made Ronald Koeman one very unpopular man with Saints fans, after some of the team's best players were sold off for greener pastures at top table clubs like Liverpool. However, despite selling off so much talent, Koeman has managed to guide Southampton to fourth place in the Premier League table. Their amazing 4-0 victory over Newcastle has seen them catapulted to fourth place, proving that Koeman's decision to sign twice-scoring Graziano Pelle was definitely a good one.