England manager Gareth Southgate will take charge of the 33rd match of his tenure on Monday when he takes his troops over to Montenegro for their second Euro 2020 qualifier.
Southgate has been an overwhelming success since replacing Sam Allardyce in September 2016, originally as caretaker before he bagged the permanent position a few months later.
Southgate’s England cruised through qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, where they would rejuvenate a nation en route to a fourth-place finish. England began their Euro 2020 qualification with a bang - a 5-0 thumping of Czech Republic last week - while they have the inaugural Nations League Finals to look forward to in June. First trophy since 1966 anyone?
Southgate’s impact far exceeds just the results on the pitch, but for the sake of this particular article, we’re looking at how his win rate compares to previous England managers.
At the time of writing, the 48-year-old has accumulated 18 wins from 32 matches at the helm, which equates to a 56.3% win rate.
No manager will ever top Big Sam’s 100% win record, but considering that he was given the boot after one game we have opted not to register this. Instead, we’re only including England managers that have overseen 10 or more matches.
You may be surprised or even slightly amused to hear that Fabio Capello has the best win rate of any England manager, ever, at a whopping 66.7%. The Italian was arguably the most high-profile appointment in England history, given his stunning CV, and if judged purely open results he was a success. However, a lacklustre England were so very poor at the 2010 World Cup, producing dull and drab football, before being dumped out by rivals Germany.
Next in the win ratio rankings is Sir Alf Ramsey. You may have heard of this chap, he only went and won England the World Cup back in 1966 with ‘The Wingless Wonders’. No gaffer has come close to hitting these heights ever since.
Glenn Hoddle is third on 60.7%, followed by Ron Greenwood who held the post from 1977 to 1982.
Sven Sven Sven Goran Eriksson makes up the top five. The Swede, who led England to two quarter-finals plus that memorable 5-1 thrashing of Germany, won 40 of his 67 games (59.7%).
Roy Hodgson’s England tenure ended in despair as England froze against minnows Iceland in the second round of Euro 2016, which came after a dismal group stage exit at the 2014 World Cup. His four-year tenure did, however, include a raft of wins - mostly qualifiers - meaning he actually has a better win rate (58.9%) than Southgate.
The worst win rate of any England manager with 10 or more games on his CV is Kevin Keegan (38.9%) who was victorious on just seven occasions during his 18 match stint, while Graham Taylor ended his three game spell with a 47.4 win percentage.
Southgate has the chance to enhance his own percentage when England take on Montenegro on Monday night. The gaffer has won his last four games, and if successful in Podgorica, it will be five wins on the spin for the first time in his reign.
Best England Manager Win Rates (10+ Games)
- Fabio Capello: 66.7%
- Alf Ramsey: 61.1%
- Glenn Hoddle: 60.7%
- Ron Greenwood: 60%
- Sven Goran Eriksson: 59.7%
- Roy Hodgson: 58.9%
- Gareth Southgate: 56.3%