12 Premier League Managers With the Most Points From Their First 10 Games in Charge

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interim stint at Manchester United is going better than the Norwegian could have possibly imagined it would.

The former United striker has broken a number of records since he took over the reins at Old Trafford in December and the Red Devil’s goalless draw against Liverpool on Sunday was enough to ensure that he has now collected more points from his first ten games in charge than any other coach in Premier League history.

However, history has proven that achieving a decent record over your first ten games doesn’t necessarily equate to long term success.

Here, we spin you through a list of the twelve managers with the most points from their first ten ​Premier League games.

12. Tim Sherwood – 23 Points

Tim Sherwood

Kicking off the list is none other than Tim Sherwood, a man who was only able to last 28 games at both of the Premier League clubs he had managed – ​Tottenham and ​Aston Villa. 

It was at Spurs where he enjoyed a decent start, but everything soon unravelled and his managerial reputation is now in tatters.

11. Mike Walker – 23 Points

Mike Walker

Mike Walker only lasted two years at ​Norwich City, but he oversaw the most successful period in the club’s history. 

His good start in 1992 continued and he guided the Canaries to a third place finish in the top flight – the highest in the club’s history. He later left the club after a falling out with chairman Robert Chase.

10. Pep Guardiola – 23 Points


​This may be the first and only time anyone can ever compare the managerial talents of Tim Sherwood and Pep Guardiola. 

Whilst he didn’t win any silverware during his first season at ​Manchester City, Guardiola won the League Cup and Premier League in his second.

9. Jose Mourinho – 23 Points

Jose Mourinho

The man who Solskjaer replaced at ​Manchester United, Jose Mourinho is on this list after his stellar first stint with ​Chelsea in 2004. 

Mourinho went on to win back-to-back Premier League titles in his first two years in England, proving that he may have once been the ‘special one’.

8. Luiz Felipe Scolari – 23 Points

Luis Felipe Scolari

One of the most forgettable managerial appointments at Chelsea, Scolari arrived at Stamford Bridge with a huge reputation in 2007, but ultimately failed to deliver. 

He started well, but was out of the door after just 36 matches in charge – falling foul of the prolific Roman Abramovich axe wielding.

7. Avram Grant – 23 Games

Avram Grant

Yet another manager who failed to make an impression at Chelsea, Avram Grant was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor in 2007. 

Despite his decent start, the Israeli was never able to win over the Chelsea faithful and was fired after just one season.

6. Maurizio Sarri – 24 Points

Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea supporters were initially dazzled by ‘Sarri-ball’ at the start of the season. 

Now it appears that the chain-smoking Italian is on borrowed time, with the Carabao Cup final incident involving Kepa Arrizabalaga indicating that he may have already lost control of the dressing room.

5. John Gregory – 24 Points

John Gregory

What could have been for Aston Villa and John Gregory. Under Gregory, Villa were top of the league midway through 1998/99 season, but they soon experienced a dip in form and ended up finishing sixth. 

After an FA Cup final defeat in 2000, Gregory lasted just a couple more seasons – departing Villa Park for pastures new in 2002.

4. Frank Clark – 24 Points

Nottingham Forest Manager Frank Clark

Frank Clark began his tenure with ​Nottingham Forest in 1993, overseeing promotion to the top flight. 

Forest’s return to the top flight started brilliantly, with many tipping them to be potential title contenders, but they had settle for an impressive third place instead.

3. Carlo Ancelotti – 24 Points

Carlo Ancelotti

Back to looking at former Chelsea managers, this time Carlo Ancelotti. The veteran Italian started strongly and maintained his good start, winning the Premier League and FA Cup in his debut season in 2009/10. 

He couldn’t repeat that success in his second season and was sent packing in 2011 by you guessed it, Mr Abramovich.

2. Guus Hiddink – 25 Points

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink lifts the F

Guus Hiddink has been installed as Chelsea’s interim manager on two separate occasions in 2009 and 2016, but his first stint was made all the more memorable after he led the Blues to FA Cup glory. 

He turned down the chance to take on the permanent job, opting to return to his role with the Russian national team.

1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 26 Points

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

And so we arrive at Solskjaer who, for all intents and purposes, could have done little more to land the job on a permanent basis. 

Manchester United are unbeaten in the league since his arrival and are on course for a top four finish, so there is no doubting the positive impact he’s had since replacing Jose Mourinho.


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