A look at the best Premier League bosses over the course of the last 22 years, sees three former Newcastle managers ranked in the top 20.

Sky Sports came up with a format of measuring the rival managers by giving:

50 points for each title win (bit of a handicap for the NUFC contenders…)

15 points for a top four finish

5 points for every 100 PL matches managed

30 points (subtracted) for each relegation

Plus the manager’s points per game record being multiplied by 10

There was also a minimum requirement of 50 PL matches managed, ruling out recent arrivals such as Louis van Gaal.

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Thanks in a small way to the season when he took over midway from Kevin Keegan at Newcastle, Kenny Dalglish finishes sixth in the list, the Scot winning the title at Blackburn and picking up four top four finishes, including that second placed finish at NUFC in 1996/97.

However, Kevin Keegan himself gets no credit for that season, instead he is credited with only the top four finishes he achieved in 1993/94 (3rd) and 1995/96 (2nd). This helps Keegan make 14th position in the table.

One place behind him is Sir Bobby Robson in 15th, the Geordie penalised for managing abroad at the likes of Barcelona but picking up his two top four placings at Newcastle in 2001/02 (4th) and 2002/03 (3rd).



  • Blackandwhiteblood

    Can’t possibly be right – no John Carver?!

  • 1957

    Just shows how absurd this table is doesn’t it. Not only no Carver but also no Pardew or Allardyce or amazingly no Redknapp. A total travesty that the league’s better managers don’t get a look in.

  • Toon Darren

    na this is not correct .No joke-in-ere on the list, and no Carver.

  • TeamGB

    I genuinely believe that had SBR accepted the NUFC managers Job when offered directly after KK had quit…..then he would be in the top three of that ‘derogatory’ and erroneous table. Alas SBR was loyal to Barcelona……a consequence of his unwaivoring high moral standards, last of a kind.

  • DownUnderMag

    SBR is up there with Fergie and Mourinho in terms of what he’s achieved.  A true legend of the game!

    Finally, can we please get rid of the video ads??