There has already been over a million tweets mentioning bosses this season and one man has more than others put together
Jose Mourinho is the most talked about manager in the Premier League.
The Manchester United boss is the Special One when it comes to generating traffic on Twitter , racking up an incredible 582,853 Tweets this season alone.
In fact, he’s in a league of his own.
Mourinho has so far generated almost as much traffic on the popular social media platform as all the other top-flight bosses COMBINED.
His 19 Premier League rivals accounted for a grand total of 663,602 Tweets from the start of the season to September 2, with Arsenal’s Unai Emery on 146,600 and Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool on 128,630.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is currently languishing in sixth place on 55,201 Tweets, well behind both Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri and under-fire Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez.
And Guardiola’s numbers are less than a tenth of those being hit by his greatest rival.
It confirms that Mourinho and United are an explosive mix when it comes to firing up the fans.
But the worrying conclusion from a new study conducted by data analysts at online gaming company BetVictor, is that the 55-year-old Portuguese will be sacked if a trend identified last season continues into this campaign.
That’s because Mourinho also near the top of the table when it comes to “negative” Tweets.
Most Tweeted about Premier League Managers
- Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) – 582,853 tweets
- Unai Emery (Arsenal) – 146,600 tweets
- Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – 128,630 tweets
- Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea) – 121,405 tweets
- Rafa Benitez (Newcastle) – 59,570 tweets
- Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – 55,201 tweets
And last year, three of the four managers who generated the highest percentage of critical traffic – Ronald Koeman, Antonio Conte and Maurizio Pellegrino – ended up getting the chop.
Mourinho is following a similar pattern.
Nineteen percent of Tweets about the United boss fall into the negative category. Only Benitez has a bigger cut.
And Cardiff’s Neil Warnock and new Gunners’ boss Emery are the only two managers to have accounted for a bigger percentage of “angry” Tweets than Mourinho.
The data has been pulled directly from Twitter.
It includes official club hashtags, social handles, unofficial hashtags, the name and colloquialisms of clubs, managers’ names and variants and club location.
Additional audience insights data is powered by Crimson Hexagon, one of the most advanced audience sentiment analysis tools utilising Artificial Intellegence to understand the emotion behind fans’ posts.
Three of the top four managers generating “positive” Tweets are new to the Premier League.
Sarri leads the way on 32 percent after replacing Conte at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea boss is followed by Guardiola, Fulham’s Slavia Jokanovic and Nuno Espirito Santo of Wolves .
Jokanovic and Santo, both managing newly-promoted clubs, have accounted for the largest percentages of Tweets that illustrate “joy”.
Javi Gracia is in third following Watford’s perfect start to the season, with Guardiola close behind.
The study also looks into last season’s Twitter traffic.
Arsene Wenger generated most Tweets in his last season as Arsenal boss, with his total of 3,150,293 putting him more than 200,000 ahead of Mourinho.
And 37 percent of postings made about the Frenchman illustrated “sadness”, once again putting him in first place as he brought the curtain down on his 22-year career with the London club.
Guardiola and Chris Hughton generated the most “joy” in 2017-18 as City romped to the title in record-breaking fashion and Brighton beat the threat of the drop.
And the list of managers being Tweeted about most in anger included Frank De Boer, who was sacked by Crystal Palace after losing his first four games, West Brom’s Tony Pulis and Mourinho.
Mark Hughes, who was in charge of both Stoke and Southampton , features twice in that category.
To explore the full dataset about every premier league manager for 2017/18 and 2018/19 please visit Bet Victor.