It’s every manager’s dream to work in the Premier League. It’s a notoriously difficult division to manage in, given the competition within the league and the fixture pile up, especially around the Christmas period. 

Here, we take a look at the five managers who struggled cope with the aforementioned, and thus have the worst records in Premier League history. 

5. Ian Holloway (Crystal Palace 2013)

Played: 8

Won: 1

Drawn: 0

Lost: 7

Points per game: 0.38

The manager with the fifth worst managerial record in the Premier League is Ian Holloway. He was in charge of Crystal Palace during the 2013/14 season after they won promotion from the Championship, but found life in the top division very difficult. 

He managed to win just one of his eight games in charge of the south London side – giving him a points per game record of 0.38.

The sacking of Holloway proved to be a shrewd decision as Palace went on a good run following his departure and managed to finish in 11th place with 45 points.

4. Terry Connor (Wolves 2012)

Played: 13

Won: 0 

Drawn: 4

Lost: 9

Points per game: 0.31

Terry Connor really is one of football’s nice guys. It was hard to watch a likeable guy struggling so badly in the Premier League.

He took over from Mick McCarthy during the 2011/12 season but didn’t manage to win a single game from his 13. He did manage four draws, giving him a points per game record of 0.31.

Wolves finished the season bottom of the table with just 25 points as they returned to the Championship. Connor returned to his position as assistant manager following the relegation.

3. Mick McCarthy (Sunderland 2003 & 2005/06)

Played: 37

Won: 2

Drawn: 4

Lost: 31

Points per game: 0.27

Mick McCarthy claims the bronze medal for managers with the worst records…not that he’ll be too excited to hear it. 

McCarthy had two spells in the Premier League with Sunderland, getting relegated with them in 2003 before gaining promotion and overseeing the 2005/06 season.

He managed to win just two of his 37 games in charge of the club, claiming a points per game record of just 0.27. Sunderland, as you may have worked out, were relegated in 2005/06 with the side finishing bottom of the table with just 15 points.

2. Paul Jewell (Derby 2007/08)

Played: 24

Won: 0

Drawn: 5

Lost: 19

Points per game: 0.21

Paul Jewell had a very difficult time with Derby. He took over from Billy Davies after 14 games of misery for the Derby faithful, and failed to turn it around during his tenure.

It’s never an easy task to keep a promoted team in the Premier League, but Jewell will not need reminding that he failed to win a single game.

Jewell oversaw Derby set another record – the lowest points in a Premier League campaign with just 11. Not a great season for the former Wigan manager, setting plenty of unwanted records.

1. Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace 2017)

Played: 4

Won: 0

Drawn: 0

Lost: 4

Points per game: 0

Poor Frank de Boer. A big managerial coup at the start of the season, however, he is the only permanent manager in the Premier League to never have won a single point or even score a goal! 

Although his stay was brief, Crystal Palace really were woeful. De Boer tried to implement a completely new style for Palace, playing out from the back with a tiki-taka like approach. With the upmost respect for Palace, they didn’t have the quality in order to play like that.

After defeats to Huddersfield, Liverpool, Swansea and Burnley, de Boer was axed as coach without getting the opportunity to register his first point in English management.


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