Premier League

Top 10 managers with lowest win rates in the Premier League era

Rajat Chhajta

May 6 2023
lowest win rates in the Premier League era

These are the least successful managers in the English top flight

If there could be any dream job for any manager around the world it surely would be the Premier League, where you are playing among the best lot and in front of tens of thousands of fans, but ironically this league is well termed as the graveyard for managers. Talk about this season where we are in May but only 09 teams are having the same managers, they started the season with whereas 11 teams have replaced their managers.

This season, Cristian Stellini led Spurs to a 6-1 thrashing at St.James’ Park before being replaced by Ryan Mason. Frank Lampard has lost every single game in his return to Stamford Bridge, and Javi Gracia has seen Leeds set a new record for the most goals conceded in a single month in Premier League history.

So you get an idea about the unpredictability of this league. With all that in mind, we’ll take a look at the managers to take charge of 10 or more games in a single spell at a club with the worst win percentages in the Premier League era.

10. Slavisa Jokanovic

Club: Fulham, Season: 2018-19, Win percentage: 8.3%

Getting promoted from the Championship, Fulham were in high hopes for their return to the premier league. Slavisa Jokanovic was in charge for their first 12 games this season after guiding them to the top flight but with just one win and a host of crippling defensive problems, was dismissed in November with the Cottagers sitting bottom of the Premier League table with five points from 12 matches and replaced him with Claudio Ranieri, who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016. Ultimately after a summer of over-investment, the Cottagers were relegated after Watford sealed their fate with a 4-1 defeat.

9. Chris Hutchings

Club: Bradford City, Season: 2000-01, Win percentage: 8.3%

Hutchings was the shock choice to succeed Paul Jewell after he saved Bradford City from relegation last season. After Paul Jewell left the club to take charge of Sheffield Wednesday, Hutchings took charge as Bradford’s manager for the start of the 2000-01 campaign.

Things didn’t go as planned for the former assistant manager, picking just one win in his 12 games before being sacked in November. At the time of his sacking, Bradford was second from the bottom of the Premier League with just seven points, and assistant manager Stuart McCall has been appointed caretaker manager.

8. Slaven Bilic

Club: West Brom, Season: 2019-20, Win percentage: 7.7%

Bilic was given relatively few transfer funds after winning promotion, with an initial £20m spent on squad reinforcements in preparation for a Premier League campaign that was always likely to be a battle against relegation.

After leading the Baggies to promotion in his first season in charge, Slaven Billic and his West Brom side struggled to adapt to life back in the Premier League, and the Croatian was sacked in December after just 13 games in charge. 19th in the table and with just one win all season, it was time for his spell in the Midlands to come to an end, despite all he had done for them in the previous campaign to be replaced by Sam Allardyce whose appointment couldn’t save them from relegation in the same season.

7. Billy Davies

Club: Derby County, Season: 2007-08, Win percentage: 7.1%

After a wonderful first season at Derby that saw Billy Davies manage the club to a play-off victory, the Rams would return to the Premier League after a five-year absence. But in contrast for the Rams, their start to life back in the Premier League was miserable and they sat bottom of the table having failed to score in the past eight games, the board was also equally at fault and barely made any new transfers. Billy Davies largely struggled in the top flight, and despite being such a popular figure he left by mutual consent in November 2007 with just one win in 14 games. Derby would go on to be relegated with just 11 points at the end of the campaign.

6. Steve Wigley

Club: Southampton, Season: 2004-05, Win percentage: 7.1%

Following Paul Sturrock’s departure at the very beginning of the 2004-05 season, the former Portsmouth winger was handed the top role but only managed one win in 14. Steve Wigley was handed just 14 games before being sacked by Southampton in 2004, proving many critics right who’d stated that he wasn’t yet ready to step into a head coach role. He was dismissed in December, with his only win coming against arch-rivals Portsmouth. He returned to coach Southampton youth players but left the club entirely at the end of the season. He is officially Southampton’s shortest-serving manager in the Premier League era.

5. Jan Siewert

Club: Huddersfield, Season: 2019-20, Win percentage: 6.7%

In 2019, Jan Siewert became the third Dortmund II manager in a row to leave the club to take a job in England after David Wagner and Daniel Farke. He took over in January after David Wagner’s exit, but could not prevent relegation from the Premier League.

Siewert’s only win was a 1-0 victory over Wolves in his fifth game, but that proved to be the lone bright spot in his tenure as the Yorkshire side finished bottom and were relegated in March becoming just the third side in Premier League history to be relegated with six or more games remaining, having picked up just one win and suffering 12 defeats in his 15 games in charge.

4. Alan Pardew

Club: West Brom, Season: 2017-18, Win percentage: 5.6%

Pardew, who succeeded Tony Pulis at the end of November of the 17/18 season was confident he could turn things around at West Brom, but it wasn’t to be. He left by mutual consent after holding talks with the chief executive, in the aftermath of the 2-1 home defeat by Burnley which left West Brom 10 points from safety with six fixtures remaining. Pardew’s spell only lasted over four months, to get replaced by Darren Moore who took charge until the end of the season

3. Mick McCarthy

Club: Sunderland, Season: 2005-06, Win percentage: 5.4%

After taking over from Howard Wilkinson in 2003, Mick McCarthy struggled to keep the already failing side in the Premier League and they were relegated, but he was retained as manager. Mick McCarthy’s three-year reign as Sunderland’s manager came to a predictable end after he was sacked in the wake of yet another defeat. He endured a terrible Premier League run during his time at Sunderland.

He won just two of his 37 games in charge and lost 31. Sunderland returned to the Premier League after a very impressive Championship campaign saw them earn an impressive 94 points. Unfortunately, the English top flight is a different proposition altogether, as a combination of poor performances and lack of resources led to his dismissal in March 2006.

2. Terry Connor

Club: Wolves, Season: 2011-12, Win percentage: 0%

Terry Connor’s chaotic time at the Wolves was painful to watch but proved that some coaches are better suited to an assistant role. Connor moved to Wolverhampton in 1999 and was handed the first-team role after Mick McCarthy’s dismissal in February 2012. Connor, who had a four months as interim boss last season following Mick McCarthy’s dismissal, leaves Wolves after 13 years at Molineux. He didn’t win a single game of his 13 in charge and gained only four points from a possible 39.

1. Paul Jewell

Club: Derby County, Season: 2007-08, Win percentage: 0%

This particular season was one to forget for derby fans, Jewell had been appointed Rams boss in November 2007 after the club had sacked Billy Davies who had steered them to promotion the season before via the Championship play-offs. In 24 games as boss of Derby County during the 2007-08 season, he didn’t manage to win a single game and gained just five points, meaning the Rams were relegated with a final tally of 11 (the other six being won by Billy Davies before Jewell’s appointment).

Statistically, the worst-ever Premier League manager as Rams suffered an embarrassing top-flight campaign as they recorded the lowest points tally ever seen in the league.

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