Top five: Most successful Premier League managers
Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson & Guus Hiddink are among the Premier League managers with the highest points-per-game ratios
In recent years the Premier League manager merry-go-round has quickened, with many managers paying the price for a few weeks of poor form.
At Chelsea this is very much the case, and eight of the top 11 Premier League managers with the highest points-per-game ratios are current or former bosses of the west London side - five of which were sacked.
Now let’s take a look at the five Premier League managers with the highest points-per-game ratios, with statistics provided by Transfermarkt.
5. Roberto Mancini | Manchester City | Points per game: 2.05
The outspoken Italian led Manchester City to Premier League glory last season for the first time in 44 years in a campaign which included a stunning 6-1 away win over bitter rivals Manchester United. However, stuttering performances this term have left the Citizens trailing in United’s wake, having crashed out of Europe before the turn of the year - which has sparked rumours that Mancini is set for the boot.
4. Carlo Ancelotti | Chelsea | Points per game: 2.07
Currently managing Paris Saint Germain, Ancelotti has coached at some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Chelsea. After a glorious league and cup double in his debut season in England, his side failed to win a trophy, and despite finishing second in the Premier League the Italian was unbelievably sacked by trigger-happy Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in 2011.
3. Sir Alex Ferguson | Manchester United | Points per game: 2.17
Even though the Scot only makes third in this list, it is surely undeniable that he is the greatest Premier League manager of all time considering he has sustained his unbelievable record during over 800 league games at the helm of Manchester United. Speculation is rife over his potential successor, with rumours involving David Moyes and Jurgen Klopp - and even José Mourinho.
2. José Mourinho | Chelsea | Points per game: 2.35
Much adored by the regulars in the Matthew Harding stand at Stamford Bridge, the “Special One” has been constantly linked with a move back to his old stomping ground. During a 39-month stint with Chelsea he won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup, the League Cup twice, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League twice. However, after another falling out with owner Roman Abramovich, he left by mutual consent, breaking the hearts of the Chelsea fans.
1. Guus Hiddink | Chelsea | Points per game: 2.62
Perhaps a surprise leader as the Premier League’s most successful ever manager, the Dutchman won over initially skeptical Chelsea fans after winning all but two league games during 13 matches. Having won the FA Cup as well he has an almost perfect record with Chelsea, and despite currently managing the wealthy Anzhi Makhachkala, surely he is an obvious candidate for the Chelsea job this summer, should Mourinho look elsewhere.
What do you think? Does the length of time over which Ferguson has sustained his record make him the best manager of all time?
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