A statistical look at West Brom's best Premier League manager

Roy Hodgson during his time as West Brom manager

We look at the statistics to find out West Bromwich Albion’s best Premier League manager.

There have been nine managers during West Bromwich’s Premier League era.

Albion’s current boss Tony Pulis is overseeing the Baggies’ eleventh season in the top flight, and the Welshman recently passed Bryan Robson for the most Premier League games in charge of the club.

West Brom’s 4-0 defeat against Manchester was Pulis’s 66th league game since joining the West Brom in January 2015. Pepe Mel had the shortest stint as Baggies boss, taking charge of just 18 games at the end of the 2014/15 season. His successor Alan Irvine only lasted one more game before making way for Pulis.

Pulis is proving himself to be Albion’s best defensive coach of the Premier League era. The ex-Stoke City manager has a clean sheet for every 2.86 games he has overseen and on average his side concedes 1.27 goals per game.

Di Matteo has the worst defensive record. The Italian only managed one clean sheet (against Sunderland) in 25 Premier League matches. On top of this, his side leaked 1.92 goals per game, including a 6-0 opening day defeat to Chelsea.

At the other end of the pitch, Hodgson oversaw West Brom’s most prolific spell in front of goal. With Peter Odemwingie, Shane Long and Marc-Antoine Fortune at his disposal, Hodgson’s men managed 67 goals in 50 games, five of which came in the memorable away win at Wolves.

Under his watch, the Baggies averaged 1.34 goals a game, which is closely followed by Clarke (1.26) and Di Matteo (1.24).

During his 48 Premier League matches, Gary Megson had the likes of Lee Hughes, Bob Taylor, Jason Roberts, Nwkankwo Kanu, Geoff Horsefield and Robert Earnshaw in his strike force but could only manage 0.77 goals a game.

Robson inherited many of these names from Megson and also struggled; scoring at a rate of 0.88.

Despite their opposing styles, Tony Mowbray and Tony Pulis average the same goals scored per game at 0.95.

So far, Pulis has led Albion in 16 more games than Hodgson did but the 58-year-old still needs another four goals to catch up with the former England manager’s tally.

Most importantly, Hodgson ranks highest in terms of win percentage and points per game. He led West Brom to 11th and 10th placed finishes during his time at The Hawthorns. He is followed by Clarke and Pulis, who both collected 1.19 points per game. Clarke also guided the Baggies to a record high 8th-place finish during the 2012/13 campaign.

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