Analysis

Ranked! The 20 most successful Premier League managers – based on their win percentage

We are part of The Trust Project What is it?

15. Mauricio Pochettino

Win percentage: 50% (194 games)

Clubs: Southampton, Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino

Poch strikes us as a very precise man, so he’ll be delighted when we telephone him to pass on the news that he’s won precisely half of his 194 Premier League games.

Although he’s constantly improving his ratio (last season’s 26 wins was Spurs’ highest number of league triumphs since the 1960/61 season), it won’t be long before he’s raised it higher still. Go get ‘em tiger.

14. Louis van Gaal

Win percentage: 51.3% (76 games)

Club: Manchester United

Louis van Gaal

We’re into the 50%+ club! Only these 14 elite gaffers are proven to win the majority of their Premier League games, which is pretty impressive. The first name is… Louis van Gaal. What?

An example of how managing a very big club for a relatively short spell can skew your stats, Van Gaal did well in his first season to take Manchester United to fourth – up from the previous season’s seventh. However, he played such a constipated style of football that we can barely recall any of his 39 league wins. Oh well.

13. Rafa Benitez

Win percentage: 51.7% (290 games)

Clubs: Liverpool, Chelsea, Newcastle

Rafa Benitez

One of the most successful managers not to win the Premier League, Benitez makes it on here despite managing a (relatively) austerity Liverpool and a (definitely) austerity Newcastle, either side of his short spell as Chelsea’s fill-in boss. Great show.

Frankly, any manager who’s taken charge of the current Magpies set-up and kept his win percentage above 50% is worthy of our respect. Good luck keeping it this high with just Joselu and a scarecrow made out of string and old Sports Direct bags up front, Rafa.

12. Andre Villas-Boas

Win percentage: 51.9% (81 games)

Clubs: Chelsea, Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas

It’s easy to dismiss the Jose Mourinho protege-turned Dakar Ralliest as a Premier League flop, but Villas-Boas did have his moments. Admittedly not at Chelsea, where the Portuguese didn’t see out his first season in 2011/12. Yet after that, he took Tottenham to a then-highest-ever Premier League points total of 72 in 2012/13, which helps explain his position here.

Admittedly it went south afterwards, not helped by Gareth Bale’s departure that summer. A lot of Villas-Boas’s wins came via the Welshman wanging in a wondergoal every game – a hard strategy to replicate when Bale wasn’t actually there, but Roberto Soldado definitely was.

11. Jurgen Klopp

Win percentage: 52.1% (96 games)

Club: Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp

The German grinner has certainly showed his ability to win games in the Premier League. Every top club has fallen to his swashbuckling bunch at one time or another, although Liverpool fans probably wish they’d stop dropping points in matches they really should see out.

Still, he’s on course to be the second quickest Liverpool manager to 50 league wins since Sky Sports invented football in 1992 – just one more is needed.