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Jim Brown[10 SEP 01] THE JIM BROWN COLUMN
How Does Gordon Strachan's Performance Compare

How does Gordon Strachan compare to Coventry Cityís other managers?

In the last 34 years only two men, Gordon Milne and Noel Cantwell, have had longer spells as manager of Coventry City than Gordon Strachan.

Gordon Milne - October 1962

GORDON MILNE - COVENTRY'S LONGEST SERVING MANAGER IN THE TOP FLIGHT

The ginger-headed Scot led City into 183 league games - Milne had 378 games in charge and Cantwell 186.

When you compare the records of Cityís 15 managers during the period since they entered the top flight Strachanís record does not impress.

One benchmark that can be used to compare the performance of managers is the percentage of league games won. Strachanís record is 28.4% which is bettered by the majority of his predecessors in the managerís chair.

Only Ron Atkinson, caretakers Don Howe and Bob Dennison and Jimmy Hill, in his brief Division 1 career whilst waiting for Noel Cantwell to arrive, have a worse record.

Even so-called failures like Phil Neal, Terry Butcher, Bobby Gould and Don Mackay won a greater percentage of games than Gordon.

On a general note, it is sad to observe that none of Coventry's managers have managed to break the 50% win barrier, and only one, George Curtis, managed to keep the team's goal difference in a positive balance.

MANAGER REIGN PL W D L FOR AGS GD PTS WINS
G CURTIS 1986-87 45 19 12 14 53 47 6 50 42.2%
J SILLETT 1987-90 128 44 37 47 143 169 -26 125 34.4%
T BUTCHER 1990-92 49 16 11 22 56 60 -4 43 32.7%
G MILNE 1972-81 378 123 108 147 466 552 -86 477 32.5%
D MACKAY 1984-86 60 19 11 30 72 93 -21 49 31.7%
N CANTWELL 1967-72 186 58 56 72 204 240 -36 230 31.2%
P NEAL 1993-95 58 18 18 22 56 74 -18 54 31.0%
D SEXTON 1981-83 84 26 20 38 104 121 -17 72 30.9%
R GOULD (2) 1992-93 54 16 19 19 66 73 -7 51 29.6%
R GOULD (1) 1983-84 63 18 15 30 77 117 -40 51 28.6%
G STRACHAN 1996-01 183 52 52 79 203 262 -59 208 28.4%
R DENNISON 1972 12 3 2 7 13 20 -7 11 25.0%
R ATKINSON 1995-96 64 14 24 26 64 92 -28 52 21.9%
J HILL 1967 12 2 4 6 19 28 -9 10 16.7%
D HOWE 1992 19 3 8 8 10 18 -8 14 15.8%
TOTAL   1395 431 397 567 1606 1966 -360 1511 30.9%

[NOTE: All points totals adjusted for 3 points for a win]
  

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