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The Horse with no Name⭐
Oct 27, 2003
The wilds of Kent
I've had a look at some former managers and how they fared in their first ten games. I took it back to Booby Moore's spell.

Not including Brown's tenure, the worst start over 4 games is actually Colin Murphy with 4 straight losses. Whelan and Thompson started with 2 losses each as well.

Quite a few managers managed 2 consecutive wins in their first ten games: Tilson, Newman (twice!), Little, Martin, Webb (in 2 spells), Murphy, Fry, Thompson, and Clark

Consecutive losses - well, lots of managers did this. Sturrock had 3 losses in a row and 2 in a row. Wignall managed 3 and 4 losses in a row. Newman managed to get 2 lots of 2 losses, as did Little, and Martin, and Whelan. Murphy managed 4 consecutive losses at the start of his reign. Fry only lost 2 consecutive games, as did Taylor and Thompson and Webb (only in one spell). Bate of course managed 6 consecutive losses. m

The best start was by Webb in his first spell and Fry with 17 points. Clark and Newman managed 15. Webb in both his other spells and Thompson managed 14 points, while behind on 13 are Tilson, Taylor and Bobby Moore.

The worst start was by Bate with 5 points. But Wignall had only 9, whilst Whelan and Murphy only managed 10, whilst Little, Martin and Sturrock only managed 11.

So, it seems it's a mixed bag. Clearly the better managers had a better start. It is also worth pointing out that Bate started the season with his own players, and Clark had to use Bate's players. The same with other managerial changes.

The only managers to start with a win were Wignall, Webb, Fry and Clark.

Webb also won his second game in each of his three spells.

Fry and Webb had the best start with 2 consecutive wins each. In fact, Fry was unbeaten for his first 4 games, making his spell the best first ten games.