No, that’s not meant to be a fake headline to get you to read this story.
It’s actually true, based on the win percentage of Newcastle managers, since 1930, and we can hardly believe it.
Graeme Souness – 6th best Newcastle manager ever – we don’t think so
Weâ€™ve did a little research on Arthur Coxâ€™s management record yesterday and today, and we have come up with some very interesting results on which Newcastle United managers have the best win percentage.
You will not believe the results.
Going back to 1930 here are the top 6 managers in terms of win percentages at Newcastle United:
Year Manager Games Won Draw Lost Win% 1992-1997 Kevin Keegan 251 138 52 62 55.0 1947-1950 George Martin 155 76 40 39 49.0 1999-2004 Bobby Robson 255 119 64 72 46.7 2006-2007 Glenn Roeder 73 33 16 24 45.2 1980-1984 Arthur Cox 169 76 42 51 45.0 2004-2006 Graeme Souness 87 39 19 29 44.8
The big surprise there of course is Graeme Souness, where did all those wins come from?
Itâ€™s not too surprising with Roeder since he had a fantastic start when he took over form Souness and raised the club from a struggling 14th position to 7th with 35 points from the 15 games he managed. A great performance by Glenn – helped of course by Alan Shearer, although Alan says he didn’t do much.
Maybe we should put some minimum games as a requirement, like 100, which would eliminate Glenn and Graeme, because they are the only managers on the list to manage less than 100 games.
And of course Kevin Keegan will have two spells at the club. His record in his second management stint is currently 5 games without a win, so his win percentage right now is zero.
Here are some other more famous managers and their records managing Newcastle United:
Year Manager Games Won Draw Lost Win% 1962-1975 Joe Harvey 591 224 52 215 37.9 1939-1954 Stan Seymour 338 130 74 134 38.5 1954-1956 Doug Livingstone 99 43 20 36 43.4 1997-1998 Kenny Dalglish 78 30 26 22 38.5
Joe Harvey and Stan Seymour are important (and famous) managers for us, because they lasted as Newcastle managers for the longest time. Between them they managed Newcastle United for 28 years.
Stan Seymour and Dougie Livingstone are important, because they were managers during that golden period, when we won the FA Cup in 1951, 1952 and 1955 – the memories.
Kenny Dalglish in interesting because apart from Bobby Robson, no other manager under Freddy Shepherd lasted 100 games.
Kenny lasted just 78 games before he was fired, rather surpisingly in August, 1998 to herald the arrival of a certain Ruud Gullit, who lasted 12 months and just 52 games. But Kenny still thinks back and says it was just great to manage the club, because of the fantastic fans, and the football fanaticism that is the City of Newcastle.
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