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.
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).