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Arsenal Managers Who Flopped – Worst Win Percentage & Least Wins Ratio Stats!

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Who are the worst Arsenal managers ever? Arsenal managers who flopped? Worst Arsenal managers ever based on stats? Which Arsenal managers have the Worst win ratio ever? Here we look at the Arsenal managers who floppedWho are the Arsenal managers who flopped?

So, who are the worst Arsenal managers ever? Who are the Arsenal managers who flopped? Here we will have all of the worst Arsenal managers according to stats.

Arsenal have had 27 managers in their history. The Gunners have collected 2,662 wins, 1,352 draws and 1,566 losses. So, which former Arsenal manager do you think flopped the most for the North London outfit? Well, we are going to find out. Here are Arsenal managers who flopped.

List Of Arsenal Managers

Name Nationality From To M W D L Win %
Thomas Mitchell  Scotland 30-03-1897 10-03-1898 45 23 8 14 51.11
Unknown 11-03-1898 10-04-1898 9 6 2 1 66.67
William Elcoat  England 11-04-1898 16-02-1899 44 21 6 17 47.73
Arthur Kennedy   England 21-02-1899 29-04-1899 15 8 3 4 53.33
Harry Bradshaw  England 30-06-1899 30-04-1904 235 118 44 73 50.21
Phil Kelso  Scotland 01-05-1904 09-02-1908 152 63 31 58 41.45
George Morrell  Scotland 10-02-1908 13-04-1915 309 113 74 122 36.57
James McEwen   England 19-04-1915 24-05-1919 2 1 0 1 50
Leslie Knighton  England 25-05-1919 16-05-1925 286 105 63 118 36.71
Herbert Chapman  England 11-06-1925 06-01-1934 411 204 97 110 49.64
Joe Shaw   England 06-01-1934 28-05-1934 23 14 3 6 60.87
George Allison  England 28-05-1934 31-05-1947 279 129 74 76 46.24
Tom Whittaker  England 02-06-1947 24-10-1956 430 203 106 121 47.21
Jack Crayston   England 24-10-1956 19-05-1958 81 34 17 30 41.98
George Swindin  England 21-06-1958 01-05-1962 186 76 43 67 40.86
Billy Wright  England 01-05-1962 13-06-1966 182 70 43 69 38.46
Bertie Mee   England 20-06-1966 04-05-1976 539 241 148 150 44.71
Terry Neill  Northern Ireland 09-07-1976 16-12-1983 416 187 117 112 44.95
Don Howe   England 16-12-1983 22-03-1986 117 54 32 31 46.15
Steve Burtenshaw   England 23-03-1986 14-05-1986 11 3 2 6 27.27
George Graham  Scotland 14-05-1986 21-02-1995 460 225 133 102 48.91
Stewart Houston   Scotland 21-02-1995 15-06-1995 19 7 3 9 36.84
Bruce Rioch  Scotland 15-06-1995 12-08-1996 47 22 15 10 46.81
Stewart Houston   Scotland 12-08-1996 13-09-1996 6 2 2 2 33.33
Pat Rice   Northern Ireland 13-09-1996 30-09-1996 4 3 0 1 75
Arsène Wenger  France 01-10-1996 13-05-2018 1,235 707 280 248 57.25
Unai Emery  Spain 23-05-2018 Present 37 23 6 8 62.16

Worst Arsenal Managers Ever

Arsenal managers who flopped? This table only includes managers who have been in charge for at least 20 games and all Arsenal Managers with a lower win-percentage than 50%.

Name From To M W D L Win %
George Morrell 10-02-1908 13-04-1915 309 113 74 122 36.57
Leslie Knighton 25-05-1919 16-05-1925 286 105 63 118 36.71
Billy Wright 01-05-1962 13-06-1966 182 70 43 69 38.46
George Swindin 21-06-1958 01-05-1962 186 76 43 67 40.86
Phil Kelso 01-05-1904 09-02-1908 152 63 31 58 41.45
Jack Crayston  24-10-1956 19-05-1958 81 34 17 30 41.98
Bertie Mee  20-06-1966 04-05-1976 539 241 148 150 44.71
Terry Neill 09-07-1976 16-12-1983 416 187 117 112 44.95
Don Howe  16-12-1983 22-03-1986 117 54 32 31 46.15
George Allison 28-05-1934 31-05-1947 279 129 74 76 46.24
Bruce Rioch 15-06-1995 12-08-1996 47 22 15 10 46.81
Tom Whittaker 02-06-1947 24-10-1956 430 203 106 121 47.21
William Elcoat 11-04-1898 16-02-1899 44 21 6 17 47.73
George Graham 14-05-1986 21-02-1995 460 225 133 102 48.91
Herbert Chapman 11-06-1925 06-01-1934 411 204 97 110 49.64

Top 5 Arsenal Managers Who Flopped

Here are the Top 5 worst Arsenal managers ever based on stats and their win-percentage:

5. Phil Kelso – Win Percentage Of 41.45%

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Phil Wade Kelso was born in Largs on the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. He managed Hibernian for one season, before taking over as manager of the newly promoted Woolwich Arsenal in 1904.

He coached the North London outfit for four years, leading the team to the FA Cup semi-finals two seasons in a row. His best result in the league was seventh in the 1906-07 season.

During his tenure as manager, Arsenal started to hit financial decline which greatly impacted their output on the pitch. Kelso decided to resign in 1908 and returned to Scotland to manage a hotel.

However, he did make his return to football, coaching Fulham in 1909. He ended up staying with the Cottagers for 15 years and turned into their longest-serving manager ever.

Kelso passed away in London, in 1935, aged 63.

4. George Swindin – Win Percentage Of 40.86%

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Swindin started his managerial career with Peterborough United as player-manager in 1954. He saw the team through three consecutive Midland League titles, from 1955 to 1958 and also the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in 1956–57.

The Englishman was later inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame for his contribution. He had played for Arsenal for 18 years and finally made his return in1958. His impact as a coach was immediate as the team finished in the third spot in the league.

However, the team dropped down to mid-table status over the next three seasons despite signing top players like George Eastham and Tommy Docherty.

Swindin could not deliver any silverware to the club, while the club’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur won the Double in 1960–61.

3. Billy Wright Win Percentage Of 38.46%

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Born on 6th February 1924, William Ambrose Wright had a very successful playing career with Wolverhampton Wanderers and the England national team.

He was the first player ever to earn 100 caps for his country and even captained the Three Lions a record 90 times. He led the team through the 1950, 1954 and 1958 World Cup campaigns.

After retiring, he took up the managerial role of the England youth team in 1960. After 2 years he got appointed as the head coach of the Gunners. The North London club did find success in his initial months, finishing seventh and qualifying for Europe for the first time in their history.

However, Wright could not build on that early run of form and could only manage mediocre performances for the next 4 years.

He won only 38.46% of his matches in charge and led the team to a 14th place league finish in the 1965/66 season.

2. Leslie Knighton Win Percentage Of 36.71%

Leslie Knighton is one of the longest-serving managers in Arsenal’s history. He coached the team from 1919 to 1925 but could never rise over the mid-table status during his tenure.

He had numerous fallouts with the club’s then-chairman, Sir Henry Norris about the players he would sign. Knighton was even involved in a doping scandal during the final year of his stay at the Highbury.

Arsenal Managers Who Flopped1. George Morrell – Win Percentage Of 36.57%

One of the earliest managers of the club, Morrell managed the club when they were still known as Woolwich Arsenal. He oversaw the club during a very serious financial struggle, even when it got bought out by Sir Henry Norris in 1910.

The Scotsman did lead the side to a 6th place finish in his debut season but then dipped all the way to 18th in the next. He wanted to leave for Leeds United in 1912 and had even applied for the position. He dropped out of the running after being persuaded by the Gunners board to stay.

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