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Ranking the six Premier League managers with most wins after 100 games

Antonio Conte celebrated a milestone moment last weekend, as the Italian took charge of a Premier League fixture for the 100th time.

Conte returned to English football earlier this season to take charge at Tottenham, having previously enjoyed a successful spell at Chelsea in which he won the Premier League title during his first season at Stamford Bridge.

Following Conte’s century of top-flight games in England, we’ve looked at how he compares to the most successful coaches in Premier League history.

 

Here are the six managers with the most Premier League wins in their first 100 games.

Roberto Mancini – 62

Roberto Mancini was named as manager of Manchester City in 2009, taking over from the sacked Mark Hughes during the early stages of the club’s billionaire-backed era.

Mancini had won three Serie A titles with Inter Milan and made an immediate impact at the Etihad, leading the side to a drought-breaking FA Cup success – the club’s first major trophy in 35 years – during the 2010/11 season.

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The following campaign the Italian led City to the Premier League title, as Sergio Aguero’s dramatic stoppage-time goal against QPR crowned the club champions on the final day of the season.

Mancini won 62 of his first 100 games in the Premier League and is currently in charge of the Italian national side, having led the Azzurri to success at the delayed Euro 2020 last summer.

Sir Alex Ferguson – 62

The greatest manager in Premier League history after an incredible 13 league title wins, Sir Alex Ferguson was the mastermind behind Manchester United’s two-decade dominance of the division.

Ferguson led the Red Devils to their first league title in 26 years during the Premier League’s inaugural campaign, before embarking on a period of sustained success that saw the Old Trafford side take a stranglehold on the division.

Ferguson’s first century of games brought 62 wins, a run of form that kickstarted United winning seven of the first nine editions of the Premier League.

Manuel Pellegrini – 65

Manuel Pellegrini is the second Manchester City manager to feature on this list, with the former Real Madrid coach taking over at the Etihad in 2013.

Pellegrini led The Citizens to the Premier League title during his first season in charge, as the eventual champions ended the season with a five-game winning run to pip Liverpool to the title.

The Chilean was unable to replicate that success over the following campaigns however, as City finished as runners-up the following campaign before a fourth-placed finish in 2015/16 saw his reign come to an end.

Antonio Conte – 65

Antonio Conte has matched Pellegrini’s record of 65 Premier League wins from his first 100 games, with the Italian having also won the title in his first season in English football in 2016/17.

Conte’s change to his preferred 3-4-3 formation saw Chelsea embark on a run to title success, equalling the then Premier League record for consecutive wins (13) and fewest draws in a season (3).

The West Londoners also managed to set a new landmark for number of wins (30) and recorded the second-highest points total in Premier League history (93) at that time.

Conte departed Chelsea after just two seasons after the defending champions failed to secure a top four finish in 2017/18, before returning at Spurs earlier this season.

He has overseen an improvement in the North Londoners who have risen to fifth in the division, just two points behind rivals Arsenal in the race for Champions League football.

Jose Mourinho – 73

In their first 100 games in the Premier League, no manager has ever won more than Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese tactician waltzed in at Chelsea after guiding Porto to Champions League success, declared himself the ‘Special One’ and proceeded to prove his point.

Back-to-back titles were delivered across his first two seasons in West London, his first in 2004/05 ending Chelsea’s 50-year wait to be crowned champions and with a record low of just 15 goals conceded.

Chelsea then won 20 of their first 22 league games in 2005/06, the strongest start to a title defence in the Premier League era.

Pep Guardiola – 73

Pep Guardiola shares the record with Mourinho for most wins in his first 100 Premier League games, having also racked up three points on 73 occasions.

Guardiola’s first season at Manchester City saw the side finish third, before the following 2017/18 campaign saw the Spaniard’s side reach unprecedented levels.

City became the first team in Premier League history to reach 100 points in a season, setting a whole host of other records including most wins (32), most consecutive wins (18), most goals scored (106) and biggest winning margin (19 points).

Guardiola has since added two further Premier League titles to his ever-increasing list of honours, whilst City lead the race for a fourth crown in five seasons in 2021/22.

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