Some interesting trends have been shown with newly published stats on Premier League Managers.
The table below shows the average goals in a game, over their entire English top tier careers, that the current 20 Premier League Managers have overseen.
This is goals totals/averages that include goals scored by your team AND conceded.
Giving an indication maybe of how open in terms of playing style a particular manager is.
Of course, a number of the current Premier League bosses only have minimal numbers to go on, such as Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery who have only overseen 12 PL games each.
However, you also have 11 of the 20 who have managed over 100 matches in the English top tier.
Maybe surprisingly, of the current 20 bosses it is Mark Hughes who has taken charge of most Premier League games, 464, he is 11th highest with a goals average of 2,60 per match.
Rafa Benitez is next highest in terms of games (314) but is down in 16th place with 2.45 goals per game he has taken charge of, Jose Mourinho in 14th with 2.50 goals per game – the current Man Utd boss having taken charge of 300 PL games, the third highest number of games.
At the top when it comes to number of goals per game, of those to have a decent number of games behind them, you find Pep Guardiola (3.33 goals per game), Pellegrini (3.21), Klopp (3.09) and Howe (2.99).
All credit to somebody such as Eddie Howe for featuring so highly, a sign of playing an attacking style of football despite the limited resources of Bournemouth. Obviously for the likes of Man City and Liverpool it is easier to attack with the players they have got and indeed the overwhelming number of goals in their matches will be scored by their teams, simply because they have got better players.
Also interesting to see Mourinho and Benitez tied so close together, Rafa hasn’t got much choice at the minute but to try and rely on a solid defence as the basis for survival, but despite having Manchester United’s riches, no excuses really for Jose to still play so defensive so often and look to protect a single goal lead since he took over at Old Trafford.
The table was published by Sky Sports in Martin Tyler’s question and answer column after he was asked about how good Pep Guardiola’s goals per game ratio compared to others.