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The England managers with the highest win percentage

Gareth Southgate will celebrate his 100th game in charge of England this weekend as the Three Lions take on Switzerland in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024.

Southgate has been England’s most successful manager since Alf Ramsay in terms of tournament performance, having reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.

But where does the 53-year-old rank in terms of win percentage? We’ve listed the five England managers with the best win percentage, of those to have managed at least 10 games (Sorry, Big Sam).

5. Ron Greenwood – 1977-1982 (60%)

Ron Greenwood took charge of England after a decorated spell at West Ham that saw him lead the Irons to FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup success in the 1960s – the first major trophies in the club’s history.

He averaged a 60% win rate across his five-year spell, though England disappointed in their tournament performances. Having failed to qualify for the 1978 World Cup, the Three Lions exited the 1980 European Championship in the group stage and the following World Cup (1982) in the now-defunct second group phase.

4. Gareth Southgate – 2016-present (60.6%)

Gareth Southgate ranks fourth among all England managers having won 60.6% of his 99 games in charge. A surprise appointment when he stepped up from the u-21 side in 2016, the former England defender has overseen a largely fruitful period.

The Three Lions reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, a first appearance in the tournament’s last four for 28 years, before reaching the Euro 2020 final on home soil.

Southgate has faced criticism for a perceived pragmatism in his tactics and for being too loyal to players who fall out of form, but he deserves praise for ending club divides in the dressing room and improving a toxic relationship between the press and the national team.

3. Glenn Hoddle – 1996-1999 (60.7%)

Glenn Hoddle’s tactical approach was deemed forward-thinking in the late nineties with England having success under a flexible 3-5-2 formation under his management. Hoddle won 60.7% of his games in charge, losing just five of his 28 matches.

England reached the Round of 16 under Hoddle at the 1998 World Cup but exited to Argentina on penalties, following David Beckham’s red card for kicking out at Diego Simeone. Hoddle was dismissed from the England job after controversial comments regarding people with disabilities.

2. Alf Ramsay – 1963-1974 (61.1%)

Sir Alf Ramsay stands alone as England’s only trophy-winning manager having led the Three Lions to World Cup success in 1966.

That immortal achievement, earned after a 4-2 win over West Germany at Wembley, was the highlight of a long reign that saw him lead England in 113 games.

Only Walter Winterbottom (139) has managed England on more occasions, with Southgate set to become the third manager to reach a century of games in charge.

 

1. Fabio Capello – 2008-2012 (66.7%)

Fabio Capello has the highest win percentage of any England manager despite a tenure often looked back on with little fondness.

The Italian arrived with a formidable reputation having won a wealth of honours at club level, including five Serie A titles, two La Liga trophies and the Champions League, but struggled to bring the best from a ‘Golden Generation’ of talent.

Capello banned ketchup and butter under his radical regime but it failed to turn into tournament success. He led England to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where the Three Lions were thrashed 4-1 by Germany in the Round of 16.

However, that defeat was one of just six from 42 games in charge.

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