Correction: Who is the best England manager?

Paddy provides a much anticipated update to the most important use of statistical analysis in the last two years


Image: Кирилл Венедиктов, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Following the Uefa European football championship this summer, I have an update to my issue 13 article including Gareth Southgate’s performance as England manager.

In the England team’s entire history, it has only ever won 15 knockout games at major tournaments and Gareth Southgate was manager for 33.3% of those games.

England have made it to the semi-final stage of a major tournament five times (excluding the 1968 Euros, which consisted of four teams, so getting to the semi-final wasn’t much of an achievement). Southgate has been in charge for 40% of those.

England have reached the final of two major tournaments and Southgate is responsible for half of those. He is the best England manager ever (or at least in the top one, to paraphrase Brian Clough). In conclusion, I’d like to say…

Looking back on when we first met;
I cannot escape and I cannot forget,
Southgate, you’re the one; you still turn me on,
You can bring it home again.

(apologies to Atomic Kitten)

Paddy has been a maths teacher for over 25 years. He is a proud nerd and a perpetually disappointed football fan.

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