Who are the worst managers in Premier League history?

Remi Garde sits on the bench

Is there a changing nature of the Premier League?

For the first time in 14 years, we saw quite a hoodoo banished from England's top-flight.

This season, only five clubs swapped their managers, the fewest since 2006. Meanwhile, there were only 11 changes over the course of the campaign, the lowest since 2007.

In football, we've reached an almost damaging level of managerial sackings but this term it appeared as though there was more loyalty.

That may not have been the case for Watford where Javi Gracia, Quique Sanchez Flores and Nigel Pearson were given their marching orders but some clubs earned the rewards from sticking, instead of twisting.

That was evident with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who turned Manchester United around in stunning fashion throughout 2020. 

However, for every Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, you get a Hayden Mullins, Tim Sherwood or Steve Kean.

Hayden Mullins and Troy Deeney vs Arsenal

The managerial waters are often murky when it comes to football. It's a high-risk business that more often than not, gets you the boot.

It's unfortunate, but that's the reality of modern-day coaching. It's sad and cutthroat but it's also what we've come to expect.

However, with the sackings of various managers this term still fresh in the mind, can any of them be categorised as the very worst the top-flight has ever seen?

Unai Emery worried

Our list contains those with the worst win percentage (of those to manage ten matches) in the Premier League.

10. Remi Garde - Aston Villa:

The Frenchman took charge of the Villans for 20 games but could only manage two victories, conceding a whopping 38 goals in the process.

He was in charge of the club for just 147 days and departed the Midlands with a shambolic win percentage of just 10%. Remarkably, though, he isn't the worst in Premier League history. 

Remi Garde with Mauricio Pochettino

9. Roy McFarland - Bolton Wanderers:

The former England international took charge of the Trotters for part of the 1995/96 season but he must be wishing he didn't. 

Eventually ending his managerial career with the likes of Torquay, Chesterfield and Burton, he won only two of 22 matches in the Bolton hot seat - leading to a win percentage of 9%. His side also shipped 44 times throughout that period.

Roy McFarland

8. Steve Agnew - Middlesbrough:

11 games, one win and a goal difference of -23 sells the sorry tale of Agnew's time at the Riverside. He failed to galvanise the team and like McFarland, won just 9% of the matches he took charge of after replacing Aitor Karanka - pretty unhealthy stuff.

Agnew admitted he wanted the job permanently but it's rather unsurprising that he didn't.

Steve Agnew

7. Sammy Lee - Bolton Wanderers: 

The second ex-Trotter on the list, Lee had the same win percentage as McFarland, managing just 0.55 points per game during his 11 outings in charge. 

Lee's side scored only 12 goals in that time as he struggled to come up with a remedy for Bolton's attacking issues. Coincidentally, he has never become a full-time manager.

Sammy Lee shouting

6. Slavisa Jokanovic - Fulham:

One of the more recent managers on this list of ten, Jokanovic had a plethora of flaws at the elite level. 

He managed to get the Cottagers promoted but looked considerably out of his depth in the Premier League - spending over £100m and then guiding his side to just one win in 12. That led to a win percentage of a measly 8% as his team conceded a particularly alarming 31 goals.

Slavisa Jokanovic dejected

5. Kevin Ball - Sunderland:

The 55-year-old may have gone down as a legend on Wearside during his playing days, featuring on 340 occasions for the Black Cats, but his stint as head coach was quite frankly abysmal.

Ball took charge of Sunderland on an interim basis two times but only won one of 12 outings. His sides scored nine times on his way to winning 0.42 points per outing. 

Ball at Sunderland

4. Jan Siewert - Huddersfield:

The most modern name to feature on the list is the diabolical Siewert. Charged with ensuring the Terriers beat the drop in 2018/19, he could only stand by and watch his team get relegated. 

When he first arrived, Sky Sports mistook a general member of the public, 'Martin from Wakefield' as the Huddersfield boss in one of the most comedic moments in Premier League history.

Siewert finished the season with a win percentage of 7%, shipping 36 goals in the process.

Jan Siewert

3. Billy Davies - Derby County:

It's really no surprise that Davies features on this list - after all, he did manage the worst team in Premier League history.

During that campaign, Derby finished on 11 points, three of which were attained by Davies. That being said, from his 14 games on the sideline with the Rams, he had a goal difference of -28. 

It really was a desperate time for Derby and Davies.

Billy Davies

2. Steve Wigley - Southampton: 

Coming in at second on the list is former Saints boss Wigley. He was initially given the job on a caretaker basis in 2004 before being handed the role permanently from August to December.

Unfortunately, he was part of the reason the South coast side were relegated during the 2004/05 season. He was victorious from just one of his 16 matches in charge, ending the campaign with a win percentage of 6%. There really was no hope for Southampton.

Steve Wigley at Southampton

1. Terry Connor - Wolverhampton Wanderers:

The worst manager in Premier League history is undoubtedly Connor. Taking charge of 13 games for Wolves in 2012, he failed to win a single one and lost nine times, watching his side let in 33 goals in the process. 

He could only secure 0.31 points a match during his tenure that ultimately ended in relegation. That was hardly surprising given his lack of influence at Molineux. 

Terry Connor at Wolves

Some of those numbers really do make for depressing reading.

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