Tenures

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Games
Debut Season
Final Season
Win Rate
Loss Rate
Points per Game
Goals per Game
George Ramsay
1324
1886-87
1925-26
50%
31%
1.68
2.02
Ron Saunders
394
1974-75
1981-82
46%
28%
1.64
1.53
Billy Smith
364
1926-27
1933-34
48%
34%
1.63
2.23
Joe Mercer
282
1958-59
1963-64
43%
35%
1.50
1.72
Eric Houghton
250
1953-54
1958-59
35%
39%
1.32
1.57
Alex Massie
227
1945-46
1949-50
44%
32%
1.56
1.73
Vic Crowe
222
1969-70
1973-74
45%
27%
1.62
1.34
John Gregory
190
1997-98
2001-02
43%
29%
1.57
1.35
Martin O'Neill
190
2006-07
2009-10
42%
26%
1.58
1.5
Ron Atkinson
180
1991-92
1994-95
43%
32%
1.55
1.23
Brian Little
164
1994-95
1997-98
41%
31%
1.52
1.26
Graham Taylor
150
1987-88
1989-90
46%
31%
1.61
1.51
Dick Taylor
146
1964-65
1966-67
36%
49%
1.22
1.54
Dean Smith
138
2018-19
2021-22
40%
40%
1.40
1.52
Tony Barton
137
1981-82
1983-84
46%
36%
1.56
1.45
David O'Leary
131
2003-04
2005-06
36%
37%
1.34
1.31
Jimmy Hogan
124
1936-37
1938-39
46%
33%
1.58
1.81
George Martin
119
1950-51
1953-54
39%
35%
1.44
1.65
Paul Lambert
115
2012-13
2014-15
30%
48%
1.11
1.09
Graham Turner
107
1984-85
1986-87
32%
40%
1.23
1.41
Steve Bruce
102
2016-17
2018-19
45%
30%
1.60
1.34
Jimmy McMullan
99
1934-35
1936-37
32%
40%
1.24
1.83
Tommy Cummings
64
1967-68
1968-69
28%
50%
1.06
1.13
Graham Taylor.
60
2001-02
2002-03
32%
45%
1.18
1.27
Tommy Docherty
53
1968-69
1969-70
30%
38%
1.21
1
Jozef Vengloš
49
1990-91
1990-91
33%
37%
1.29
1.27
Alex McLeish
44
2011-12
2011-12
23%
39%
1.07
1.02
Billy McNeill
42
1986-87
1986-87
24%
43%
1.05
1.26
Gérard Houllier
35
2010-11
2010-11
35%
38%
1.32
1.41
Tim Sherwood
28
2014-15
2015-16
36%
57%
1.14
1.36
Steven Gerrard
28
2021-22
36%
46%
1.25
1.36
Management Committee
26
1879-80
1885-86
62%
23%
2.00
2.88
Rémi Garde
23
2015-16
2015-16
13%
57%
0.70
0.65
Management Committee (caretaker)
19
1950-51
1950-51
21%
47%
0.95
1.63
Roberto Di Matteo
12
2016-17
2016-17
8%
33%
0.83
0.92
Eric Black
7
2015-16
2015-16
0%
86%
0.14
0.71
Kevin MacDonald
7
2010-11
2010-11
29%
43%
1.14
1.29
Gary McAllister
5
2010-11
2010-11
40%
20%
1.60
1.2
Arthur Cox
5
1968-69
1968-69
20%
60%
0.80
1
Kevin MacDonald.
2
2015-16
2015-16
0%
100%
0.00
1
John Deehan
2
2001-02
2001-02
0%
0%
1.00
0
Stuart Gray
2
2001-02
2001-02
0%
0%
1.00
0
Mark Delaney
1
2020-21
2020-21
0%
100%
0.00
1
Andy Marshall
1
2014-15
2014-15
100%
0%
3.00
2
Scott Marshall
1
2014-15
2014-15
100%
0%
3.00
2
Jim Barron
1
1994-95
1994-95
100%
0%
3.00
4
Frank Upton
1
1986-87
1986-87
0%
100%
0.00
1
Ron Wylie
1
1986-87
1986-87
0%
100%
0.00
1
Kevin MacDonald..
1
2018-19
2018-19
0%
100%
0.00
1
From 1879 to 1934 Villa operated a management committee system that oversaw team selection, recruitment and tactics
From 1886 to 1934 Villa appointed a leader in the position of Secretary to oversee the activities of the committee
For the purposes of comparison the Secretaries that served over this period - George Ramsay and Billy Smith - are treated as de facto 'managers'