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The Dugout: Conte is Best Ever Premier League Manager

Antonio Conte looks set to win the Premier League title in his first season – and he is also top of the charts when it comes to win percen...

Antonio Conte looks set to win the Premier League title in his first season – and he is also top of the charts when it comes to win percentages. 

But it’s not such happy reading for the so-called “Special One”, as these stats provided by View From The Dugout confirm. Antonio Conte With Chelsea ten points clear the title is theirs to throw away – but in September you might have been forgiven for thinking that the Blues would be so rampant.
Antonio Conte

After winning every game in August, Chelsea’s wheels, or at least a couple of them, fell off on September 16, live on Friday Night Football. Fortress Stamford Bridge was no more as Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side secured an impressive 2-1 victory. 

The previous game Chelsea had limped to a 2-2 draw away at struggling Swansea. Add into the mix rumours of Diego Costa wanting a move, and Conte himself rumoured to be close to an early sacking, it was far from rosy. 

But Conte, and the Chelsea hierarchy persevered – and look how they’ve been rewarded. The Italian’s incredible first season in charge at Stamford Bridge sees him even rise above the legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson in the success charts. 

The 47-year-old has taken his side to the top spot, smashing Ferguson’s 10-year best win percentage record of 70.8 per cent; Conte is currently sat at the top with 79 per cent. But the acid test will be whether the Italian can continue this ratio for more than just one season. 

Ex-Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink completes the top three, but is some way behind with 64.5 percent. Incredibly three of the top four managers are current or former Chelsea managers. Carlo Ancelotti bags fourth spot with 63 per cent. 

He may be the self-titled “Special One”, but the stats certainly don’t back this up. Jose Mourinho, currently occupying the hotseat at Manchester United, is way down the list in 14th with a win ratio of 54.2 per cent – that’s below the likes of Slavisa Jokanovic (60 per cent), Tim Sherwood (59 per cent) and Luiz Felipe Scolari (56 per cent).

Last season’s slumber at Chelsea, where Mourinho was dismissed with Chelsea heading towards the bottom of the league rather than the top certainly didn’t help. It was arguably his most difficult period as a manager, with player fall-outs and even some of his staunchest supporters turning foe culminating in Roman Abramovich swinging that axe. 

And Arsenal fans may use the stats as yet more ammunition for the “Wenger Out” campaign. The Frenchman occupies 12th spot, with 56.7 per cent, one place below Rafa Benitez. Manchester City crave success on all levels – which led them to appoint former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola in the summer. 

But incredibly, his win ratio is lower (61 per cent) than that of his predecessors Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini (both 61.3 per cent). The figures have been collated from games to wins over the last decade. - Online Sources

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