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The race to 100 Premier League wins featuring Kevin Keegan and Rafa Benitez

2 years ago

Rafa Benitez has turned up in a list of the Premier League managers to be the first to win 100 PL matches with their club.

In his excellent Sky Sports question and answer column, Martin Tyler was asked where Mauricio Pochettino featured.

He won his 100th PL game with Tottenham on Saturday, a 1-0 at Wembley taking him to that milestone.

Pochettino took just short of four and a half seasons to manage this feat, 169 matches in total.

Martin Tyler putting together this list of those Premier League managers to have reached 100 wins the quickest with one club:

142 Jose Mourinho (Chelsea)

162 Alex Ferguson (Man Utd)

169 Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)

179 Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

181 Rafa Benitez (Liverpool)

197 Gerard Houllier (Liverpool)

Very topical to see Jose Mourinho topping the list.

Sacked by Man Utd as his reign at the club totally fell apart but quite astonishing stats to put him top of this list, taking 10 games less than a full four seasons to reach the 100 PL wins at Chelsea.

Rafa Benitez an impressive fifth in this list with Liverpool.

Just out of curiosity, I thought I would look back at how Kevin Keegan did at Newcastle, this was his record in the three and a half seasons with NUFC in the Premier League:

(1993/94) 23 wins in 42 PL games

(1994/95 20 wins in 42 PL games

(1995/96 24 wins in 38 PL games

(1996/97) 11 wins in 21 PL games

Kevin Keegan’s overall Newcastle United Premier League record – 78 wins in 143 PL matches.

That averages out at one win every 1.83 matches, meaning that if he’d stayed at St James Park and kept on at that level, he would have reached 100 wins in 183 matches, putting him just behind Rafa Benitez in the overall list, taking two games longer than Rafa did with Liverpool.

Remarkable stuff when you consider Kevin Keegan started with almost nothing, saving NUFC from the third tier, before building a team for promotion from the Championship, at minimal cost.

As for KK eventually reaching 100 Premier League wins with more than one club, he eventually completed the job with another promoted club.

Taking Man City up, Keegan won 15 of 38 PL games in 2002/03 and then 5 in the first 11 of the 2003/04 season.

This put him on a combined 98 wins from his first 192 PL matches (with Newcastle and Man City).

However, Man City then hit a desperate run and didn’t win any of their next 14 PL matches, before winning two of the next three.

It eventually taking Kevin Keegan 209 Premier League matches to reach 100 victories.

He did do it in style though, the 100th PLĀ  win being a 4-1 Man City home victory over Man Utd!


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