Rafa Benitez

Ranking Newcastle United's Top 10 Managers of the Premier League Era by Their Win Percentage

Since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, Newcastle United have had no fewer than 14 managers with those responsible of being in charge at St. James' Park achieving varying levels of success.

The club have drifted from employing some of football's biggest names in the form of Ruud Gullit and Kenny Dalglish to club legends such as Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer as well as relative outsiders such as Glenn Roeder and Chris Hughton.

Amid a number of shock sackings and resignations there have the highs of challenging for the Premier League title and achieving Champions League football, as well as the lows of being relegated to the Championship.

With current manager Rafael Benitez hoping to steer his side to survival this season, we have comprised a list to see how the Spaniard's win percentage at the club compares to the Magpies' former bosses

Check it out below.

10. Sam Allardyce (33.33%)

The first manager to be permanently appointed by owner Mike Ashley in 2007, Sam Allardyce experienced a good start to life at St. James' Park, losing just two of his first nine games in charge at the club.

However, a poor run of results over the Christmas period which culminated in an embarrassing defeat to Derby County ensured that the former Bolton Wanderers boss would be leaving the club after just eight months in charge.

Overall Record: Played 24, Won 8, Drew 6, Lost 10.

9. Ruud Gullit (34.62%)

Making the bold promise of bringing 'sexy football' to St. James' Park in 1998, the decision to replace Kenny Dalglish with Dutch footballing legend Ruud Gullit brought excitement amongst supporters who continued to back their new manager despite fluctuating results.

The former AC Milan midfielder guided Newcastle to an FA Cup final in his first season, which they lost to Manchester United, yet the combination of a poor start to the 1999/2000 season as well as his heavily-publicised falling out with star striker Alan Shearer saw him lose his job after losing 2-1 in the Tyne-Wear derby to Sunderland.

Overall Record: Played 52, Won 18, Drew 12, Lost 20.

8. Alan Pardew (38.38%)

Alan Pardew's appointment in December 2010 was made amidst protests from the fans in regards to Mike Ashley's decision to sack Chris Hughton after a brief dip in form for Newcastle.

After steering the club to a mid-table finish in his first season in charge, Pardew's use of the club's scouting networks allowed him to sign the likes of Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse who all contributed to a superb 2011/12 campaign which saw the Magpies finish fifth in the Premier League.

However, the former Charlton Athletic boss saw his side regularly rely on sporadic periods of success to counter a myriad of poor performances over following two seasons before he ended his four year association with the club by moving to Crystal Palace in December 2014.

Overall Record: Played 185, Won 71, Drew 41, Lost 73.

7. Kenny Dalglish (38.46%)

One of the most sought-after managers in the Premier League after leading Blackburn Rovers to their first top-flight title in 81 years in 1995, Kenny Dalglish was eventually snapped up by Newcastle two years later mid-way through their 1996/97 campaign.

The former Liverpool boss made an instant impact on Tyneside, leading the Magpies to a second placed finish in his first season in charge which saw them qualify for the Champions League.

Yet despite reaching the FA Cup final in 1998, his failure to replace the likes of Les Ferdinand, David Ginola and Peter Beardsley saw Dalglish come under increasing pressure from then-chairman Freddy Shepherd who sacked him just two games into the 1998/99 season.

Overall Record: Played 78, Won 30, Drew 26, Lost 22.

6. Graeme Souness (44.83%)

Following the sacking of Sir Bobby Robson in 2004, Graeme Souness left Blackburn to take over as manager at St. James' Park and led the side to the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup and the semi finals of the FA Cup in his first season in charge.

However, the 2005/6 campaign saw the former Scotland international's signing of Michael Owen from Real Madrid for a club record fee of £17m backfire as the striker suffered a serious injury just four months after joining, leaving an already threadbare squad even more depleted.

A poor run of results during Owen's absence saw Newcastle slump to 15th in the Premier League standings and following a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City, Souness was sacked, bringing an end to his 17 month tenure at the club.

Overall Record: Played 87, Won 39, Drew 19, Lost 29.

5. Glenn Roeder (45.83%)

Souness' sacking in February 2006 saw Glenn Roeder promoted to caretaker manager for the rest of the season and following a positive run of results which saw him guide Newcastle from fifteenth to seventh in the Premier League, he was given the job on a permanent basis.

Injuries to key players in Roeder's first full campaign in charge led the Magpies to finish in 13th which wasn't deemed good enough by the club who accepted his resignation in May 2007.

Overall Record: Played 72, Won 33, Drew 15, Lost 24.

4. Sir Bobby Robson (46.67%)

One of English football's most beloved characters, Sir Bobby Robson finally fulfilled his dream of managing his boyhood club in 1999 and marked his first home game in charge with an 8-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday. 

After back-to-back 11th placed finishes in the Premier League, Newcastle finished fourth in 2002 before qualifying for the Champions League a year later.

Despite reaching the UEFA Cup semi-final in 2004 and finishing in a respectable position of fifth in 2005, Robson's reign was brought to an unexpected end following a revolt from a number of players at the club who believed that the former England boss had lost the dressing room.

Overall Record: Played 255, Won 119, Drew 64, Lost 72.

3. Rafael Benitez (47.96%)

Current manager Rafael Benitez took over from Steve McClaren in March 2016 yet was unable to save Newcastle from relegation despite an upturn in form following his predecessor's disastrous period in charge of the club.

After agreeing to stay at St. James' Park for the Magpies' Championship campaign, the Spaniard led his side to the title, achieving an immediate promotion back to the Premier League. 

Working on a tight budget during the 2017/18 campaign, Benitez exceeded expectations as his side finished tenth. Currently 15 in the league standings, survival would once again represent a successful season for the former Liverpool boss who is an immensely popular figure on Tyneside.

Overall Record (to date): Played 98, Won 47, Drew 21, Lost 30.

2. Kevin Keegan (52.94%)

Referred to as 'King Kev' amongst the club's supporters, Kevin Keegan took over during his first spell as manager in 1992 with his new side languishing in the second tier of English football.

Following the shrewd signings of Andy Cole, Rob Lee and John Beresford, Newcastle were able to achieve promotion to the Premier League in 1993 and enjoyed a superb campaign upon their return, finishing third.

After assembling a squad containing the likes of Peter Beardsley, Les Ferdinand and David Ginola, Keegan created a style of full-blooded attacking football that earned his side the nickname 'the Entertainers' and by February 1996, they would hold a 12 point lead at the top of the league.

However, after being odds on to claim a first top-flight title in 89 years, the Magpies capitulated and finished behind Manchester United. Despite finishing runners-up again a year later, Keegan suddenly resigned in January 1997 before rejoining the club 11 years later in 2008.

During a second spell at the club, the former England boss led his side to a 12th-placed finish in his first season before resigning after Mike Ashley sanctioned the signing of a player without his consent during the summer transfer window.

Overall Record (both spells combined): Played 272, Won 144, Drew 57, Lost 71.

1. Chris Hughton (59.38%)

Following Newcastle's relegation to the Championship in 2009, Hughton was initially placed in caretaker charge of the club before being permanently appointed in November following a run of impressive results.

The former Republic of Ireland international went on to lead the Magpies to an immediate promotion back to the Premier League, winning the Championship title with an incredible total of 102 points, 11 more than second placed West Bromwich Albion.

Hughton's signings of Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote in the summer transfer window boosted his squad ahead of the Premier League season as his side achieved a promising start to their campaign with wins over Arsenal, Sunderland and Everton. 

However, following a run of five games without a win, managing director Derek Llambias made the decision to sack Hughton much to the dismay of both his players and the fans at Newcastle who were shocked by his departure.

To this day, Hughton holds the best win percentage of any manager to hold a permanent position at St James' Park, winning 59.38% of his games in charge.

Overall Record: Played 64, Won 38, Drew 11, Lost 15.