Every Southampton Manager in Premier League History Ranked by Points Per Game Record

Southampton took the decision to sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino his week, the 16th man to lead the Saints on a permanent basis in the Premier League.


The Argentine's record was poor, so much so that only two other bosses had lower points per game stats than he. Here's a look at 16 in reverse order:

16. Steve Wigley (0.64 points per game)

Having previously served as a caretaker boss a few months earlier, Steve Wigley was handed the reins at St Mary's on a permanent basis in August 2004.


But his time in charge was to be disastrous and short lived, with the Saints picking up just nine points during Wigley's 14 Premier League games. He was promptly sacked.

15. Harry Redknapp (0.91 points per game)

It was former and future Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp who took over from Wigley in a desperate bid to save Southampton from relegation in December 2004.


'Arry took charge of 22 Premier League games as Saints boss, but picked up just 20 points and club finished bottom. He was more successful in saving Portsmouth the following year.

14. Mauricio Pellegrino (0.93 points per game)

Mentored by Rafa Benitez, Mauricio Pellegrino was seen as a shrewd appointment by Southampton in the summer of 2017 after his achievements with Alaves in La Liga.


Yet after enduring a torrid run of just one win in 17 Premier League games between late November and March, the Argentine was dismissed.

13. Stuart Gray (1 point per game)

Stuart Gray saw the end of the 2000/01 and the start of 2001/02 campaigns as Southampton manager, but his team could only scrape together 18 points from 18 Premier League games.


A former Southampton player himself, Gray had been at The Dell for several years in various coaching capacities, and taking over the first team in 2001 was his first managerial role.

12. Nigel Adkins (1 point per game)

Nigel Adkins guided Southampton to back-to-back promotions from League One through the Championship and back to the Premier League between 2010 and 2012.


Once in the top flight, Adkins couldn't continue his remarkable run and was sacked 22 games into the 2012/13 campaign with the Saints facing potential relegation.

11. Dave Merrington (1 point per game)

Dave Merrington's only full season as a manager came when he was in charge of Southampton for the 1995/96 Premier League campaign.


The Saints had been fighting relegation for much of the season, but Merrington eventually steered the club to safety and was rewarded with Manager of the Month in April 1996.

10. Ian Branfoot (1.03 points per game)

Having been appointed in 1991, Ian Branfoot was Southampton's first manager of the Premier League era and guided the club an 18th place finish out of 22 in the inaugural 1992/93 season.


His ultimately disappointing reign ended halfway through the following campaign and he later worked at Fulham, Sunderland and Leeds United in various capacities.

9. Graeme Souness (1.08 points per game)

Graeme Souness was another Southampton manager who oversaw a fight against relegation in the early Premier League years, taking charge for a single season in 1996/97.


The Scot, who had returned to England from a spell managing in Turkey, would subsequently take charge of Torino in Italy, before moving to Portugal to lead Benfica.

8. Dave Jones (1.13 points per game)

No one has taken charge of more Southampton games in the Premier League than Dave Jones, who succeeded Souness in 1997 and spent two and a half years at the club.


Jones' Saints finished as high as 12th in 1997/98, well away from the drop zone, but another relegation fight ensued in 1998/99 and they only survived on the last day of the season.

7. Claude Puel (1.21 points per game)

A highly respected coach in France after managing Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice, Claude Puel arrived at St Mary's in the summer of 2016 and produced an 8th place Premier League finish.


His team had also reached the final of the EFL Cup, narrowly losing to Manchester United, but his style of play didn't sit well with fans and the Frenchman was let go after just 12 months.

6. Paul Sturrock (1.29 points per game)

Scottish coach Paul Sturrock had earned a solid reputation during four successful years with Plymouth rising through the lower leagues, but his Southampton career lasted only 14 games.


Having arrived in the final months of the 2003/04 campaign in which the Saints finished 12th, Sturrock suddenly the left the club just nine days into the start of the following season.

5. Gordon Strachan (1.29 points per game)

Gordon Strachan guided Southampton to their highest league finished since 1989/90 when he oversaw a rise to eighth place in 2002/03, the same season the club reached the FA Cup final.


The Scot had been hired in 2001, replacing the aforementioned Gray, and opted to resign in February 2004 after news that he intended to quit at the end of the season was leaked.

4. Alan Ball (1.32 points per game)

After two spells at Southampton as a player in the 1970s and 1980s, Alan Ball returned to the south coast as manager midway through the 1993/94 season.


The 1966 World Cup winner steadied the ship to prevent relegation and then inspired the team to finish 10th the following year as Matt Le Tissier scored 19 Premier League goals.

3. Mauricio Pochettino (1.39 points per game)

Having only previously managed Espanyol and unable to speak English, Mauricio Pochettino was the somewhat left-field appointment Southampton chose to fight relegation in 2012/13.


The Argentine succeeded in that brief, before kicking on in spectacular fashion the next season and guiding a vibrant and youthful Saints team to an eighth place finish.

2. Glenn Hoddle (1.47 points per game)

Southampton was Glenn Hoddle's first job after extremely ill-judged comments about disabled people cost him his position as England manager in 1999.


Hoddle was a success on the south coast, steering the club away from relegation upon taking over from a suspended Jones in 2000 and yielding a 10th place finish in his only full season.

1. Ronald Koeman (1.62 points per game)

Southampton fans were scratching their heads as to how the club might replace Pochettino, poached by Tottenham in 2014, especially after losing several key players as well.


Step forward, Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman actually improved on his predecessor's record and managed 7th and 6th places finishes, before he himself was then poached by Everton.

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