The seven managers with the best points per game record in PL history
The Premier League has been home to some magnificent managers since it began in 1992, which has helped the tactical side of the game progress in various ways.
While there is definitely interest in the manager’s style of play, how they set up their teams and what they do to get the best out of their players, the main barometer for success is whether they are able to consistently lead their team to three points.
With this in mind, we are looking at the seven managers with the best points per game record in Premier League history.
7. Carlo Ancelotti
Ancelotti has had a superb start to the season with Everton, but he was showing what he can do in the Premier League way before that. Having previously been at AC Milan and Juventus, he had gone to Chelsea and won the title in his first season, before coming second in the following campaign.
However, this wasn’t enough for the notoriously trigger-happy Roman Abramovich. Still, he’s back now and looking to build on his current record of 1.99 points per game after 100 Premier League matches in charge.
6. Roberto Mancini
When things were good for the Italian, they were brilliant, as signified by his Manchester City side winning one of the most dramatically claimed Premier League trophies in history.
However, by the time Martin Tyler had stopped screaming “Aguerooooo”, things had already turned sour. Within a few months, he was losing his cool over reports stating he would be replaced by Manuel Pellegrini, as well as badmouthing his own backroom and playing staff.
He was eventually sacked at the end of the 2012-13 season after losing the FA Cup final against Wigan Athletic. That he still got 2.05 points per game shows how effective he was at his best.
5. Jose Mourinho
Forget what happened at Manchester United for a minute, and remember the Mourinho in his early years at Chelsea, winning mind games and matches to earn the Blues trophy after trophy.
It can be argued that he does not carry quite the same aura as he used to, but he has been unmissable throughout his time in the Premier League. He’s given us plenty of talking points but has got even more points on the table, 2.07 per game to be precise. That’s football heritage.
4. Antonio Conte
There are plenty of managers who have opted to deploy three centre-backs in the Premier League, but Conte is arguably the man who has got the most out of the formation choice. He made the change following a defeat against Arsenal, a decision that helped him win the Premier League trophy in 2016-17.
We saw his mad antics at Stamford Bridge for two seasons, before he was sacked after finishing fifth in his second term. He still managed to earn a place in this list though, having recorded 2.14 points per game.
3. Sir Alex Ferguson
There aren’t many managers who get the eternal glory of finishing their career at the top – Ferguson is one of those. When he stepped down as Man Utd manager in 2013, the Scotsman did so by receiving his 13th Premier League winner’s medal.
Luckily for fans of the Red Devils, we don’t need to go over what has happened since his departure. Just enjoy the memories of all those victories and Ferguson’s 2.16 points per game.
2. Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool have been absolutely relentless in the last two seasons, so it was obvious that Klopp was going to be on this list – it just happens that the early struggles in turning fortunes around at Anfield have cost him the top spot.
Considering just how good his side has now become, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the German better his current record of 2.17 points per game, as he looks to overthrow Pep Guardiola once again.
1. Pep Guardiola
There are plenty of people who would have you believe that Guardiola is nothing but a “bald fraud”. Apparently, due to the fact that he has spent large amounts on defenders while propelling Man City forward, his successes don’t count.
Well, tell that to his two Premier League titles, the points record he got in 2017-18, the joint-record for wins in a season, the joint-record for most consecutive wins and his side scoring the most goals in a season, as well as his 2.33 points per game, the highest amount of any Premier League manager.