Roy Hodgson's career win percentage!

Another win for Liverpool, another round of criticism for Roy Hodgson. It’s funny how when Liverpool loses it’s all down to the manager but when they win it’s got nothing to do with him, isn’t it?
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The latest reason peddled by those pitchfork wielding ‘fans’ who were determined to run him out of town before he even started the job and have been calling for his head since day one, for Hodgson’s purported unsuitability for the job, regards Hodgson’s career win percentage.
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These are the type of fans who usually write posts including ‘I’m not fickle…but I’ve been against Hodgson since day one’. With support like that, how could he not succeed?
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Back to the career win percentage. Apparently, it’s completely unacceptable.
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Nobody seems to agree on what the figure actually is though. I’ve seen figures (quoted as fact) that it’s 37% (no idea where that figure came from), 40% or any figure in the low 40’s. I saw on one pretty influential site this week that it was 43%.
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I wanted to comment on Hodgson’s career win percentage myself, so I decided to do some research of my own into Hodgson’s career record, and here it is (to the best of my knowledge).
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Team>>

Year>>

Played>>

Won >>

Drawn>>

Lost>>

Win%>>

%Unbeaten>>

%Loss>>

Halmstads>>

1976-1980>>

134>>

53>>

46>>

35>>

39.55>>

73.88>>

26.12>>

Bristol City>>

1982>>

20>>

3>>

5>>

12>>

15.00>>

40.00>>

60.00>>

Orebro>>

1983-1985>>

50>>

24>>

15>>

11>>

48.00>>

78.00>>

22.00>>

Malmo>>

1985-1990>>

164>>

92>>

43>>

29>>

56.10>>

82.32>>

17.68>>

Neuchatel Xamax>>

1990-1992>>

80>>

32>>

30>>

18>>

40.00>>

77.50>>

22.50>>

Inter>>

1995-1997>>

87>>

40>>

29>>

18>>

45.98>>

79.31>>

20.69>>

Blackburn Rovers>>

1997-1998>>

62>>

22>>

18>>

22>>

35.48>>

64.52>>

35.48>>

Inter>>

1999>>

5>>

1>>

0>>

4>>

20.00>>

20.00>>

80.00>>

Grasshopper Zurich>>

1999-2000>>

42>>

18>>

13>>

11>>

42.86>>

73.81>>

26.19>>

FC Copenhagen>>

2000-2001>>

34>>

17>>

12>>

5>>

50.00>>

85.29>>

14.71>>

Udinese>>

2001>>

17>>

7>>

5>>

5>>

41.18>>

70.59>>

29.41>>

Viking>>

2004-2005>>

36>>

18>>

6>>

12>>

50.00>>

66.67>>

33.33>>

Fulham>>

2007-2010>>

128>>

50>>

32>>

46>>

39.06>>

64.06>>

35.94>>

Liverpool>>

2010->>

23>>

11>>

7>>

5>>

47.83>>

78.26>>

21.74>>

Total Club Career>>

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882>>

388>>

261>>

233>>

43.99>>

73.58>>

26.42>>


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Notes
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I used the following websites www.rsssf.com, www.footballdatabase.eu, www.soccerway.com, www.soccerbase.com. These are websites that I have used in the past and I trust their data to be reliable.
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This is as complete a list as I could get. However, there are some omissions and other notes.
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  • Roy Hodgson had a brief spell in charge of Swedish club Oddevold. I’ve been unable to find out the exact dates of his tenure and as the club play in the Swedish lower leagues, I couldn’t find their results either.
  • As the Swedish and Swiss Cups are not major competitions, there aren’t many records (that I could find anyway), so mostly, the games Hodgson managed in these competitions have been ignored. However, as Malmo won the Swedish Cup twice under Hodgson, in 1986 and 1989 and knowing Malmo would’ve had to win three games to win the Cup, Domestic Cups have been included for the last 10 years or so of his career, as there is more data available for those teams.
  • I’ve included European results in the data.

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So as far as I can tell, Hodgson’s career win percentage is 44%. That’s okay, but not as good as Alex Ferguson (57%), Arsene Wenger (53%), Carlo Ancelotti (56%), Jose Mourinho (67%) or even Rafa Benitez (51%). But is it really fair to compare Hodgson to these managers? Ferguson has been the manager of a consistent title challenger most of his career, Wenger’s Arsenal have always been a top 4 club since he took over, Ancelotti has only really spent one season at a club that wouldn’t be deemed a ‘big’ club.
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Hodgson has spent, for the large part of his career, at clubs that are not the top clubs in their respective leagues, even Inter were in decline when he took charge. He has a good track record in turning a struggling team into a winning team. So I don’t believe it’s fair to compare his record to those of managers who were at top clubs where they had a greater chance of winning as they had stronger teams.
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Perhaps a fairer comparison for Roy Hodgson is Harry Redknapp. Their careers are reasonably similar in length. Redknapp is another manager who has spent his career at lower league clubs or clubs that aren’t really pushing for trophies every season (with the exception of his current Tottenham team) but has built his reputation on turning struggling teams into consistent top-half of the table sides. Redknapp’s career win percentage is 40% by the way.
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Hodgson’s win percentage is probably a fair reflection of the teams that he has managed. It’s way too early to make judgements on his Liverpool record.
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One of the career stats that is pretty impressive for Hodgson is his unbeaten percentage (i.e. wins or draws) where it’s almost three games out of every four where his clubs pick up some kind of points.
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Of course, Hodgson hasn’t just been a club manager in his career. He’s managed three countries. Here’s his record.
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International>>

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Played>>

Won>>

Drawn>>

Lost>>

Win %>>

%Unbeaten>>

%Loss>>

Switzerland>>

1992-1995>>

41>>

21>>

10>>

10>>

51.22>>

75.61>>

24.39>>

United Arab Emirates>>

2002-2004>>

19>>

6>>

6>>

7>>

31.58>>

63.16>>

36.84>>

Finland>>

2006-2007>>

22>>

6>>

11>>

5>>

27.27>>

77.27>>

22.73>>

Total>>

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82>>

33>>

27>>

22>>

40.24>>

73.17>>

26.83>>


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Again not overly impressive but he turned Switzerland from a middling European nation to the world number three at one stage. The UAE are hardly international powerhouses and Finland hasn’t qualified for a major competition in their history.
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Putting the two together you get Hodgson’ total managerial career stats
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Played>>

Won >>

Drawn

Lost >>

Win%>>

%Unbeaten>>

%Loss>>

Total Career

1976->>

964>>

421>>

288>>

255>>

43.67>>

73.55>>

26.45>>


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Unfortunately it seems that whatever Hodgson does, it will never be enough in the eyes of some fans. Sadly, Liverpool now have a lot of fans who have succumbed to the short-term mentality that used to be anathema to Liverpool fans. They seem to forget just how bad the team performed for the most of last season, how many problems there were with the team and just how demoralised the squad was.
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Hodgson has compiled a similar record to Rafa Benitez at the same stage into their respective Liverpool careers (Hodgson’s actually lost two fewer games) and at the time of writing Liverpool are only 6 points off 4th place, which is surely the realistic goal for the team this season.