January 28, 2012 12:22 am

England’s overachieving managers

Academic Stefan Szymanski has drawn up a pair of lists to rank the overachieving managers in English football

The first of Szymanski’s lists ranks each English club’s wage spending relative to the other 91. This is the “total wage method”. The second list measures each club’s spending relative only to the other clubs in its division (“divisional wage method”). Each method produced a slightly different list of overachievers.

Overachieving managers in England, 1973-2010

“Total wage” method

Rank/Manager

1 Bob Paisley

2 Alex Ferguson

3 Kenny Dalglish

4 Arsène Wenger

5 Rafael Benítez

6 Bobby Robson

7 Gerard Houllier

8 Steve Parkin

9 Dave Mackay

10 Roy Evans

11 Howard Kendall

12 Steve Tilson

13 George Graham

14 Martin Allen

15 Martin Ling

16 Paul Simpson

17 Ronnie Moore

18 David Hodgson

19 Steve Wignal

20 Ian Atkins

21 John Beck

22 Sean O’Driscoll

23 Leroy Rosenior

24 Brian Clough

25 David Moyes

26 Russell Slade

27 Steve Cotterill

28 Gary Peters

29 Micky Adams

30 Brian Laws

31 Kevin Keegan

32 Ron Atkinson

33 Dave Stringer

34 David O’Leary

35 Paul Sturrock

36 Keith Alexander

37 Gary Johnson

38 Terry Neill

39 Barry Fry

40 Roy McFarland

“Divisional wage” method

Rank/manager

1 Bob Paisley

2 Bobby Robson

3 Alex Ferguson

4 Arsène Wenger

5 David Moyes

6 Kenny Dalglish

7 John Beck

8 Dave Mackay

9 Howard Kendall

10 Steve Tilson

11 Rafael Benítez

12 Ronnie Moore

13 Lou Macari

14 Paul Sturrock

15 Steve Coppell

16 George Graham

17 Martin Allen

18 Ray Mathias

19 Dave Stringer

20 Sam Allardyce

21 Martin O’Neill

22 Mel Machin

23 Jimmy Sirrel

24 Keith Peacock

25 Tony Pulis

26 Dave Smith

27 Jack Charlton

28 Paul Simpson

29 Bobby Gould

30 Gary Megson

31 Terry Venables

32 Danny Wilson

33 David O’Leary

34 Trevor Francis

35 Joe Kinnear

36 Graham Taylor

37 John Neal

38 Steve Parkin

39 Mike Buxton

40 Dave Bassett

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