Mikel Arteta is cruising as Arsenal manager currently and has one of the highest Premier League win percentages as manager despite being just 40-years-old.
- Arteta 57% win percentage in the Premier League as manager
- Andre Villas-Boas 52%, debuted at 33-years-old
- Ryan Mason 67% win percentage after four games
- Jose Mourinho won 60% of games, started at 41
- Manchester United interims Carrick and Giggs 50% at age 40
We’re taking a look through some of the youngest managers in Premier League history and their win percentages across their careers, with some surprise inclusions on our list.
Youngest Premier League Managers With Highest Win Percentage
1. Ryan Mason, debuted at 29 – Spurs (67%) W4 D0 L2
At just 29-years-old, Ryan Mason became the youngest manager in Premier League history in 2021 – being named interim head coach following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.
Mason won four games and lost two as Spurs boss before Antonio Conte was handed the permanent job, but the former player was appointed as first team coach after impressing the Italian.
2. Jose Mourinho, debuted at 41 – Chelsea, Manchester United, Spurs (60%) W217 D84 L62
Jose Mourinho made his managerial debut in the Premier League at age 41 with Chelsea and has since managed both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in England.
Dubbed ‘The Special One’ by the local media, Mourinho won three league titles with Chelsea, one FA Cup and three League Cups.
With Manchester United, he won the EFL Cup, Community Shield and Europa League in his first season and is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers ever.
3. Mikel Arteta, debuted at 37 – Arsenal (57%) W65 D18 L32
Mikel Arteta was appointed as Arsenal manager aged just 37 in December 2019 and won the FA Cup and Community Shield shortly after, sparking a new rebuild at the club.
The former Everton and Arsenal midfielder has received four Manager of the Month awards and this season could become the youngest manager to win a Premier League title.
Jose Mourinho won his first league honor with Chelsea aged 42 and Arteta is currently 40 but will turn 41 before the end of the season as Arsenal look to close out a potentially historic campaign.
4. Mauricio Pochettino, debuted at 40 – Southampton, Spurs (52%) W132 D61 L63
In 2013, Mauricio Pochettino was appointed as manager of Southampton, aged 40 and led the Saints to an eighth-place finish in his first season – equalling the club’s highest ever league finish.
The Argentine soon departed for Spurs in 2014 and finished as the Premier League runner up to Chelsea in 2016-17 and reached the Champions League final in 2019, falling to defeat against Liverpool.
5. Andre Villas-Boas, debuted at 33- Chelsea, Spurs (52%) W42 D19 L20
Andre Villas-Boas managed for three seasons in the Premier League, initially with Chelsea from 2011-12 and Tottenham Hotspur from 2012-13.
The Portuguese manager made his debut in the Premier League aged 33 and led Spurs to their then-record tally of 72 points during the 2012-13 season – the highest points finish for a team outside the top four at the time.
He left Spurs with the highest percentage of league wins of any manager in the club’s era.
6. Michael Carrick, debuted at 40 – Manchester United (50%) W1 D1 L0
In November 2021, Michael Carrick was named as Manchester United’s caretaker manager after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a heavy away defeat against Watford.
Carrick’s first match in charge was a Champions League group stage clash in Villarreal, which United won thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.
The club legend managed the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea and a 3-2 win at home to Arsenal before stepping down in place of Ralf Rangnick.
7. Ryan Giggs, debuted at 40 – Manchester United (50%) W2 D1 L1
Ryan Giggs was appointed as a player-coach at Manchester United as part of David Moyes’ coaching staff but took over as the club’s interim player-manager after Moyes was sacked in April 2014.
Giggs managed the club to two wins, a draw and a loss in the final four Premier League games of the season and later admitted to breaking down in tears due to the pressure of managing Manchester United.
The Welshman said he struggled to sleep during the period as manager as United began a difficult transition out of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
8. Gianluca Vialli, debuted at 33 – Chelsea (48%) W45 D29 L20
Gianluca Vialli managed Chelsea from 1998-2000 and became the first Italian to manage in the Premier League following the sacking of Ruud Gullit.
The Blues were already in the semi-finals of the League Cup and quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup, going on to win both trophies under Vialli – becoming the youngest manager to win a UEFA competition until Villas-Boas won the Europa League with Porto 13 years later.
Vialli was sacked five games into the 2000-01 season after falling with several members of the dressing room including Gianfranco Zola and Didier Deschamps.
9. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, debuted at 40 – Cardiff City, Manchester United (46%) W59 D32 L36
In January 2014, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as manager of Premier League side Cardiff City who finished rock bottom of the table with just seven wins and 30 points in total.
Solskjaer left in September after just nine months and returned to England’s top flight just over four years later to become Manchester United’s caretaker manager following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
The Norwegian hit the ground running immediately and became the first United manager to win a Premier League Manager of the Month award since Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012 and earned the permanent job.
Solskjaer was sacked by United in November 2021 and failed to win a trophy with the club, losing a Europa League final and four semi-finals during his time in the Old Trafford dugout.
10. Brendan Rodgers, debuted at 38 – Swansea City, Liverpool, Leicester City (45%) W137 D70 L97
In 2010, Brendan Rodgers won promotion to the Premier League with Swansea City aged 38 and became Liverpool manager in June 2012 where he led the Reds to a runners-up league finish in 2013-14.
The Northern Irishman was sacked by Liverpool in October 2015 and returned to the Premier League in February 2019 to replace Claude Puel at Leicester City, winning the FA Cup in 2021.
Rodgers guided Leicester to Europa League qualification in both 2020-21 and 2021-22.