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Top five managers with most wins in their first 300 Premier League matches

Published at :May 1, 2024 at 2:15 PM
Modified at :May 1, 2024 at 2:17 PM
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Akash Mandal

This list contains some of the best coaches to have ever step foot in the English top-flight

Premier League is a cut throat business, with big names and a big reputation not solely enough to keep a manager’s job secure. Results on the pitch matter and big-name managers can be ruthlessly sacked for failing to deliver on the club’s objectives. Louis van Gaal at Manchester United and Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea are just 2 of the biggest names that illustrate the fact.

In such a scenario, there are very few managers who get to the 300-match mark in the Premier League. Here are some of the most illustrious managerial names in English football, and how their records stack up over their first 300 games in charge:

5. Arsene Wenger (W- 180, D- 77, L- 43, Pts- 617, PPG- 2.05)

Nothing shows how crazy the managerial records have gotten than seeing one of the Premier League’s most illustrious managers all the way down to 5th on this list. When Arsene Wenger took over the Arsenal squad in the 1996-97 season, they were in the position that Spurs are in now: challenging for the Champions League spots, but nowhere near the top.

Within a year, he had won them their first Premier League title since 1991. From there on, there was no looking back for Wenger, who went on to win 3 league titles, 7 FA Cups, and 7 Super Cups with the club. His 300th game in charge for the club was a 1-0 win against Everton on 11 February 2002.

4. Alex Ferguson (W- 183, D- 78, L- 39, Pts- 627, PPG- 2.09)

Just like Arsene Wenger, Alex Ferguson being 4th on the list is a testament to how top teams are expected to be more ruthless and earn more points now. He was appointed as the Manchester United manager in the 1986-87 season, and was handed a team that was stale and lacking in quality. His first few years were a struggle, where he slowly rebuilt as United were essentially a midtable side.

The process was finally successful in 1992/93, as Manchester United won the inaugural Premier League season, their first title in 26 years, backed by a strong youthful spine consisting the likes of David Beckham, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. He then went onto be the most successful manager in the club’s history, forever changing the stature of the club. Interestingly, Alex Ferguson has the second least number of losses within his first 300 games in the list.

3. Jurgen Klopp (W- 188, D- 69, L- 43, Pts- 633, PPG- 2.11)

Liverpool were an afterthought and a forgotten giant when Jurgen Klopp had first stepped into English football. As he leaves the Premier League this season, Liverpool have cemented their place as one of the biggest clubs in the world, with a Premier League title and a Champions League trophy under him.

Stepping into Anfield for the first time in 2015, Klopp inherited a mediocre team that had finished 6th in the previous season. After a frustrating couple of years with inconsistent performances, a League Cup final defeat and a Europa League final defeat, he made some major changes by signing the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Alisson and Fabinho, which helped them to consecutive Champions League finals, finally winning it in 2018-19.  A year later, he helped Liverpool win the Premier League finally after a 30 year period.

His 300th game in charge was a 3-1 loss to Leicester City on February 2021.

2. Jose Mourinho (W- 189, D- 67, L- 44, Pts- 634, PPG- 2.11)

Jose Mourinho’s arrival in English football was something that had never been witnessed. The then 41-year-old had managed to break Arsene Wenger’s and Alex Ferguson’s duopoly over the Premier League in his very first season. Over both his stints at Chelsea, he had managed to win 3 league titles, an FA Cup and 3 League Cups.

He later also managed United, who had their best stint since Ferguson’s retirement, winning the Europa League and the League Cup. While his last job in English football at Tottenham Hotspur was underwhelming to say the least, Mourinho’s name will always be etched in the Premier League’s history.

His 300th Premier League game was while he was managing United, which was a 3-1 derby loss to Manchester City on 11 November 2018.

1. Pep Guardiola (W- 221, D-41, L-38, Pts- 704, PPG- 2.34)

No one in this list comes close to Pep Guardiola’s record during his time at Manchester City. In his first 300 matches, the Spaniard has the most wins (221), least defeats (38), most goals scored by his team (741), and the most points (704).

Guardiola became City’s manager in 2016, arriving with a massive reputation. After an underwhelming first season, he transformed City to the next level, winning trophies, dominating the opposition and playing sensational football.

His City team became only the second English team to win 3 League titles back to back, after Ferguson’s United. He also finally delivered the Champions League last season and is also on course this season to become the first team in English football to win the Premier League 4 times in a row.

Sunday’s 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest was Guardiola’s 300th match in the Premier League.

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