Chris Wilder reigns supreme in the League One win percentage chart

by Jack Kitson / 02 May 2017, 16:11

The 46 game League One season is now done and dusted with only the lottery of the eagerly ancitipated, yet nerve-shredding, play-offs remaining. We take this mini-break to cast our eye over the win percentages of each of the 38 bosses to have managed five or more games during the campaign…

Wilder Wows

In his first season at the helm of his boyhood club Chris Wilder led Sheffield United up to the Championship as champions after accumulating a landmark 100 points from 46 matches, winning a dazzling 65.2% of his games.

The Blades had been stuck in League One for five frustrating seasons under under four different managers prior to Wilder’s arrival, but the former Northampton waltzed into the frame and then bagged his second league title in as many seasons.

Parkinson Promoted

Bolton fans would have been fearing the worst when they were relegated down to League One with 12 months of no transfers ahead of them following the transfer embargo six months earlier.

However, the appointment of Phil Parkinson proved to be an effective one as the former Bradford boss proceeded to orchestrate an instant return back to the Championship, winning an impressive 54.3% of his games at the helm.

Creditable Mentions

The only other gaffer to win more than half of his matches was Scunthorpe’s Graham Alexander (52%), however the Englishman will have to settle for a place in the play-offs alongside Uwe Rosler (Fleetwood), Stuart McCall (Bradford) and Neil Harris (Millwall).

Both Rosler and McCall impressed in their debut seasons in charge of their respective clubs, while Harris will be having another dig at promotion via the play-offs after losing in the final last season.

Respect must be dished out to Phil Brown (Southend) and Michael Appleton (Oxford) who finished the season with the same win rate as McCall and Harris (43.5%), but agonisingly missed out on a prized place in the top-6.

Praise to Darrell Clarke who in the end was only seven points adrift of the play-offs as he attempted a third consecutive promotion.

At The Double

Of the teams who switched managers during the season it was MK Dons who enjoyed the most significant improvement under Robbie Neilson who triumphed in 42.3% of his 26 league matches after replacing Karl Robinson (26.7% win rate).

Speaking of Robinson, he is one of three managers (Justin Edinburgh and Russell Slade) who appear twice on the list with two different League One clubs.

Robinson’s win rate is pretty similar, and unspectacular, registering just 29.6% with Charlton and 26.7% with MK Dons.

Edinburgh’s win percentage is nearly identical - Gillingham (32%), Northampton (31.6%) - while Slade won a pitiful 7.7% (one) of his 13 matches in charge of Coventry, and 25% of his 16 at Charlton (he’s now managing in League Two with Grimsby).

Look Away Tony

However, rooted to the foot of the table is poor old Tony Mowbray who could well be relegated with two clubs in different leagues within the same season. The 53-year-old failed to win any of his opening 10 games of the campaign with Coventry (who in the end were relegated), while he’s currently bidding to keep Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

League One Win Percentages Table

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Uwe Rosler
(Fleetwood Town)
17th February


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