Analysis

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

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10. Guus Hiddink

Win percentage: 52.9% (34 games)

Club: Chelsea

Guus Hiddink

The Dutch firefighter stayed in the Premier League for a fun time, but not for a long time. Twice he was asked to come in and be a stable hand on the Chelsea tiller after Luiz Felipe Scolari bit the bullet (in 2009) and Jose Mourinho was stopped from his heroic attempt to actually relegate Chelsea (in 2015).

In both cases, Hiddink was quietly successful, improving results in the league and also leaving the club with an FA Cup after his first spell. Thank the Lord Roman they got rid of that hapless Big Phil.

9. Luiz Felipe Scolari

Win percentage: 56% (25 games)

Club: Chelsea

Luiz Felipe Scolari

Sorry, what? Proof here that a win percentage only tells you so much. Yet the big Brazilian did get off to a strong start as Chelsea boss, winning 10 of his first 13 games to sit atop the Premier League in mid-November.

Then things went pear-shaped as the Blues won just four of 12 matches. This being the time when Chelsea were the league’s preeminent financial power, that was nowhere near good enough for Abramovich. An increasingly baffled-looking Scolari was sacked, but he’ll always have his good win percentage (and 2002 World Cup triumph with Brazil) to comfort him. We assume he thinks more about the World Cup.

8. Arsene Wenger

Win percentage: 57.6% (816 games)

Club: Arsenal

Arsene Wenger

A fine win percentage for the three-time Premier League winner. However, it won’t come as a surprise to anyone who follows the Gunners that it’s gradually slid in the wrong direction over the last 18 months, as Wenger’s record of never having finished outside the top four finally came to an end last season.

Of course, his most famed league stat - the ‘0’ in the losses column he achieved in 2003/04 - can never be taken away from him. But catching Alex Ferguson’s record of 528 Premier League wins is looking a way off for Wenger on 470.

7. Manuel Pellegrini

Win percentage: 61.4% (114 games)

Club: Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini

A manager whose win percentage perhaps reflects the job he was given as much as it does his success in it. Pellegrini spent three seasons in charge of a fiscally super-powered Manchester City, at a time when the gap between Premier League haves and have-nots has never been wider.

The charming Chilean was clearly an accomplished manager, as his spells in Spain show, and he won the league in his debut season of 2013/14. However, finishes of second and fourth after that made for a slightly underwhelming tailing off.

6. Roberto Mancini

Win percentage: 61.7% (133 games)

Club: Manchester City

Roberto Mancini

It’s appropriate that Mancini is a notch above Pellegrini, with whom he shares much in common (one league title in three full seasons at the Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City).

Yet the Italian had to bring City to this level, taking over the club when – sure – they had a wedge of cash as thick as Mancini’s blue-and-white scarf, but had never before finished above mid-table in the Premier League. Mancini guided them to the top and even managed to get Mario Balotelli playing for a while.