Rafa Benitez tops the pile in the Championship win percentage tableby Jack Kitson / 09 May 2017, 12:57Tweet
The 2016/17 Championship table is now cemented in stone after the 46th wave of matches came to an enthralling finale last weekend. We take this opportunity to dissect the winning percentages of every gaffer (who managed five or more league matches) that worked in the second-tier during the campaign.
Newcastle fans will be extremely satisfied with Rafa Benitez’s position at the summit of the win percentage standings. The Toon’s final day 3-0 victory over Barnsley not only snatched the Championship title from the clutches of Brighton, but it also meant that Benitez finished the campaign with the highest win percentage of any second-tier manager (63%) after accumulating 29 triumphs from 46 games.
Heartache For Hughton
Chris Hughton came agonisingly close to hoisting his second Championship title, but Brighton’s failure to win any of their last three games meant he dropped behind Benitez in the table, but a 60.9% win rate represents a very impressive figure as he prepares for life back in the Premier League.
The play-off trio of Jaap Stam (56.5%), David Wagner (54.3%), and Carlos Carvalhal (52.2%) all enjoyed strong seasons, and they each feature in the top-6 of the table, however Slavisa Jokanovic (47.8%), who led Fulham into in the play-offs, is replaced in the top half-a-dozen by Norwich caretaker Alan Irvine, who was victorious in half of his 10 matches after replacing the sacked Alex Neil. Irvine is now in the running for the permanent position alongside Uwe Rosler, Alan Pardew, and Garry Monk.
Leeds gaffer Monk joins Jokanovic on 47.8%. Monk may have agonisingly missed out on the play-off places, but what he achieved at crisis-hit Leeds was admirable, and he’s now widely expected to put pen to paper and sign a new deal - it would be simply disastrous if the Whites failed to keep hold of the former Swansea boss.
Hard Done By?
Steve McClaren may feel hard done by after losing his job at Derby, having won 46.2% of his 26 matches at the helm. Just behind the former England boss is his replacement Gary Rowett who ended the season with a 44.4% win rate, which is certainly encouraging for the next season.
Rock Bottom Rotherham
Relegated Rotherham dominate the lower echelons of the standings through Kenny Jackett (0%) and Alan Stubbs (7.7%), while current incumbent Paul Warne won only 14.3% of his 28 games at the helm.
The table also makes for dismal reading for the likes of Roberto Di Matteo, Gianfranco Zola, Nigel Pearson and Gary Caldwell - the first three of which remain out of work, while the latter was associated with two relegated clubs during the season (Wigan then Chesterfield).