The Worst Premier League Managers Of All Time

The Worst Premier League Managers Of All Time

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Sebastian Szlenkier runs the rule over who should be considered to be among the worst managers in Premier League history.


Name: Mike Walker

Club: Everton

Time in charge: January 1994 – November 1994

Win percentage: 17.1%

Walker was brought into one of the few clubs that had never been relegated from the Premier League, however he took them dangerously close in his first season in charge. A 3-2 win over Wimbledon on the final day of the season kept Everton in the division. Walker stayed on as manager for the beginning of the 1994/1995 season but a disastrous start, with no wins until November, got him sacked. One positive that came from his time at the club was the signing of future Everton legend Duncan Ferguson.

Mike Walker's hair was longer than his stay at Everton.

Mike Walker’s hair was longer than his stay at Everton.


Name: Howard Wilkinson

Club: Sunderland

Time in charge: October 2002 – March 2003

Win percentage: 14.8%


At one point, Wilkinson was the caretaker manager of the England national team but he returned to club management in October 2002 when he took charge of Sunderland. Two wins from twenty matches and the threat of relegation, meant that Wilkinson did not last long at the Black Cats.

howard wilkinson

Howard Wilkinson (left) struggled at Sunderland.


Name: Terry Connor

Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Time in charge: February 2012 – June 2012

Win percentage: 0%


Originally assistant-manager to Mick McCarthy at Wolves, Connor was promoted to manager after McCarthy’s 6 year stint at the club was brought to an end. Despite facing the threat of relegation when Connor took over, there were still 4 months in which to turn it around. With no wins for the rest of the season and only 4 points picked up from 13 games, it was hardly surprising that Connor did not stay on as manager for the next season.

Terry Connor

Mick McCarthy (right) was followed by the incompetent Terry Connor (left).


Name: Paul Jewell

Club: Derby County

Time in charge: November 2007 – December 2008

Win percentage: 20.7%


The reason why Jewell finds himself on this list is because of his time at Derby County. His team made Premier League history by amassing the fewest points in a season; the team picked up just 11 points over the campaign and were relegated as early as March 2008. He also managed to set a new, unwanted club record of 21 consecutive games without a win.

Paul Jewell oversaw a disastrous season at Derby.

Paul Jewell oversaw a disastrous run of results at Derby.


Name: Iain Dowie

Club: Charlton Athletic & Hull City

Time in charge: May 2006 – November 2006, March 2010 – May 2010

Win percentage: 26.7%, 11.1%


Iain Dowie deserves to be on this list based on two of the three teams he managed in the Premier League. At Charlton, he was given more money for transfers than any previous manager at the club. His signings did not perform and he was sacked after 15 games. Then in 2010, after Phil Brown was dismissed by Hull City, Dowie was appointed to help them fend off relegation. He only managed one win during his time in charge and they were subsequently relegated.

Iain Dowie

Iain Dowie was not cut out for the Premier League.


Name: David Moyes

Club: Manchester United

Time in charge: July 2013 – April 2014

Win percentage: 52.9%


Hailed as ‘the Chosen One’, Moyes found it difficult to adapt to life at Manchester United, particularly seeing as he was following the Premier League’s greatest-ever manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. Although he started the season off positively by winning the Community Shield, results soon trailed off. Moyes turned out to be a record breaker, although not in the way United’s fans had hoped. A string of home defeats meant that Manchester United had hit their worst home form since 1978 and meant that they failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in Premier League history.


David Moyes struggled to  follow Sir Alex Ferguson  at United.

David Moyes struggled to follow Sir Alex Ferguson at United.


Name: Les Reed

Club: Charlton Athletic

Time in charge: November 2006 – December 2006

Win percentage: 14.3%


Widely regarded as one of the Premier League’s worst managers, Reed took over after Iain Dowie’s sacking and was in charge for only 41 days before resigning. To date, this continues to be Reed’s first and only position in management and the fact that he resigned so soon after taking over, shows that he was not up to the challenge. One of the matches, during his short tenure as Charlton manager, was an embarrassing loss to League 2 side Wycombe Wanderers in the League Cup.


Les Reed

Blink and you will have missed him; Reed did not last long at Charlton.


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