Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has come top of a table of "over-achieving" football managers in research conducted by Dr Sue Bridgewater at Warwick Business School.

The Potters boss finished ahead of Steve McClaren, who won the Dutch title with FC Twente at the weekend, and Blackburn's Sam Allardyce in the table, which outlined the extent to which managers outperformed what might be expected of them with the players at their disposal and the finances available.

Dr Bridgewater calculated that the most consistent football management over-achiever in the five seasons up to 2008 was Pulis, with the rankings based only on league management performance.