The candidates by the numbers

Much speculation has been aired in the week following the departure of Sven. Very few quotes are on the record and most leave some wriggle room.

Here, penetrating the fog of the rumour mill, are some facts about some of the likely (and less than likely) successors to Sven.

Lee Clark

Present Club: Huddersfield Town

Former Clubs: none

Managerial record: P163 W82 D45 L36

Win percentage as a manager: 50%

Current best price: 5/6 (Paddy Power)

Notable Achievements:

  • Reached Football League One Playoffs with Huddersfield (2009/10, 2010/11)
  • Currently setting Huddersfield Town’s best ever unbeaten league record (40 matches so far)

Mark Hughes

Former clubs: Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham

Managerial record: P308 W132 D79 L97

Win percentage as a manager: 43%

Current best price: 7/4 (Victor Chandler)

Notable Achievements;

  • Three consecutive top ten finishes with Blackburn Rovers between 2005/06 and 2007/08. Best finish – 6th 2005/06
  • Reached FA Cup Semi-Final with Blackburn (2004/05, 2006/07)
  • Reached League Cup Semi-Final with Balckburn (2005/06)

Billy Davies

Former clubs: Motherwell, Preston North End, Derby County, Nottingham Forest

Managerial record: P419 W170 D116 L133

Win percentage as a manager: 41%

Current best price: 8/1 (William Hill)

Notable Achievements;

  • Football League Championship Playoff winner with Derby County (2006/07)
  • Reached Football League Championship Playoffs with Preston (2004/05, 2005/06) and Nottingham Forest (2009/10, 2010/11)

Gordon Strachan

Former clubs: Coventry City, Southampton, Celtic, Middlesbrough

Managerial record: P628 W277 D152 L199

Win percentage as a manager: 44%

Current best price: 10/1 (Stan James)

Notable Achievements;

  • FA Cup runner-up with Southampton (2003)
  • SPL Championship with Celtic (2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08)
  • Scottish Cup winner (2007)
  • Scottish League Cup winner (2006, 2009)

Kevin Keegan

Former clubs: Newcastle United, Fulham, Manchester City

Managerial record: P528 W267 D115 L146

Win percentage as a manager: 51%

Current best price: 10/1 (Sky Bet)

Notable Achievements;

  • Football League Division One Championship with Newcastle Utd (1992/93)
  • Premier League Runners-up with Newcastle Utd (1995/96, 1996/97)
  • Football League Division Two Championship with Fulham (1998/99) with 101 points (the highest ever points total in this division)
  • Football League Division One Championship with Manchester City (2001/02) with 99 points (the division’s 4th highest total of all time)

Roy Keane

Former Clubs: Sunderland, Ipswich Town

Managerial record: P181 W70 D42 L69

Win percentage as a manager: 39%

Current best price: 10/1 (Various)

Notable achievements;

  • Football League Championship with Sunderland (2006/07)

Martin O’Neill

Former Clubs: Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City, Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa

Managerial record: P827 W439 D196 L192

Win percentage as a manager: 53%

Current best price: 14/1 (Sky Bet)

Notable Achievements;

  • FA Trophy Winner with Wycombe Wanderers (1991, 1993)
  • Football Conference Champions with Wycombe Wanderers (1993)
  • Football League Division Three Playoff winner with Wycombe Wanderers (1994)
  • Football League Division One Playoff winner with Leicester City (1995/96)
  • League Cup winner with Leicester City (1997, 2000) and runner-up with Aston Villa (2010)
  • SPL Championship with Celtic (2000/01, 2001/02 and 2003/04)
  • Scottish Cup winner with Celtic (2001, 2004, 2005) and runner-up (2002)
  • Scottish League Cup winner with Celtic (2000/01) and runner-up (2002/03)
  • UEFA Cup runner-up with Celtic (2002/03)

Alan Curbishley

Former Clubs: Charlton Athletic, West Ham United

Managerial record: P791 W302 D201 L288

Win percentage as a manager: 38%

Current best price: 40/1 (Paddy Power)

Notable Achievements;

  • Football League Division 1 Playoffs winner with Charlton Athletic (1997/98)
  • Football League Division 1 Championship with Charlton Athletic (1999/2000)

Dave Jones

Former Clubs: Stockport County, Southampton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City

Managerial record: P732 W301 D190 L241

Win percentage as a manager: 41%

Current best price: 33/1 (Paddy Power)

Notable achievements;

  • Reached League Cup semi-final with Stockport County (1996/97)
  • Football League Division Two runner-up with Stockport County (1996/97)
  • Football League Division One Playoff winner with Wolverhampton Wanderers (2002/03)
  • Reached Football League Championship Playoffs with Cardiff City (2009/10, 2010/11)

Iain Dowie

Former Clubs: Queens Park Rangers, Oldham Athletic, Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City, Hull City

Managerial record: P295 W115 D74 L106

Win percentage as a manager: 39%

Current best price: 50/1 (Paddy Power)

Notable achievements;

  • Reached Football League Division Two Playoffs with Oldham Athletic (2002/03)
  • Football League Division 1 Playoff winner with Crystal Palace (2003/04)
  • Reached Football League Championship Playoffs with Crystal Palace (2005/06)
NB: I’ve tried to include the most probable candidates, but if you would like to see the record of another manager added to the list please leave a comment.
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One Response to The candidates by the numbers

  1. kjb1958 says:

    Roberto De Matteo,has’nt been mentioned,nor,Gary McAllister,Mark Robins,Gianfranco Zola,David O’Leary (fantaaaastic),Aidy Boothroyd, Loads of names,but who’s applied for the job ?

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