Erik ten Hag, Vincent Kompany Lead List of Managers With Most Losses This Season

Erik ten Hag, Vincent Kompany Lead List of Managers With Most Losses This Season

Martin Moses
updated at January 25, 2024 at 4:53 AM
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  • Erik ten Hag ranks highly in an undesired list of managers with the most losses this season
  • Manchester United have already been knocked out of two cup competitions this season
  • Managers of relegation contenders across Europe's top five leagues dominate this list

It is no secret that Erik ten Hag's second season in charge of Manchester United hasn't gone according to plan.

After leading the Red Devils to a third-place finish and the Carabao Cup victory in his maiden season, many expected the club to compete for major honours this season.

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag during their Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur on January 14. Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse.
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But with more than half of the season already gone, the former Ajax manager has struggled to keep the engine running, with United producing inconsistent results all season. They finished last in their Champions League group and are eighth on the Premier League table.

An even more damaging statistic shows that the Dutch tactician has lost the second-most number of games of all the managers in Europe's top five leagues this season. Transfermarkt shows that of the 30 games ten Hag has coached this season, he has lost 14 of them.

Managers with most losses this season

Sports Brief looks at the top 10 managers in this unwanted category in all competitions.

10. Thomas Frank - Brentford

The Bees manager has lost 12 games in the 24 he has played in, with Brentford currently in 14th place, six points above the relegation zone. His top striker Ivan Toney is back in the fold and Frank will be hoping to rack up more wins in the second part of the season.

9. Alessio Dionisi - Sassuolo

The Italian has lost 12 games in his 23 games this season in all competitions. Sassuolo are only two points above the relegation zone.

8. Torsten Lieberknecht - Darmstadt 98

The German manager has found the going tough in the top flight, with the club currently rooted at the bottom of the Bundesliga table. He has lost 12 of 19 this season.

7. Paul Heckingbottom - Sheffield United

Heckingbottom won only one game on his return to the Premier League with the Blades before he was relieved of his duties at the start of December. He lost 12 games in 15 games in all competitions.

6. Rob Edwards - Luton Town

The 41-year-old masterminded the Hatters' first-ever promotion to the English Premier League after a dramatic playoff final vs Coventry. But the rigours of the top division have been a tad rough for him. Edward has lost 13 games in 24 as they sit in the relegation zone.

5. Marco Baroni - Hellas Verona

Marco Baroni started the season rather decently with back-to-back wins, including a 2-1 win against Jose Mourinho's AS Roma. But performance has since dwindled, with the retired defender losing 13 of the 23 games he has coached this season.

4. Urs Fischer - Union Berlin

Fischer will forever be embedded in the minds of Die Eisernen faithful after he led them from Bundesliga 2 to Champions League football in five years. But after a winless streak of 14 games this season, he left the club in November. In total, he lost 13 games of the 17 he was in charge of.

3. Eddie Howe - Newcastle

Howe is the other manager who has struggled to keep the excellent run of form from last season going. So badly has the form at St.James Park dipped that rumours have it that the moneyed owners could move for Jose Mourinho. Howe has lost 14 in 31 and are only 10th on the Premier League table.

2. Erik ten Hag - Manchester United

The aforementioned ten Hag comes in second on this list, having tasted defeat 14 times this season in 30 games.

1. Vincent Kompany - Burnley

The Manchester City legend is yet to crack the code of managing a club in top-flight football. Despite steamrolling the Championship last season, the Belgian has already suffered 17 losses in 25 games and are staring at relegation. He has only collected 12 points and are second from last.


Managers like ten Hag and Howe have had to deal with more matches, given their club's involvement in European competitions.

Ten Hag bemoans lack of penalty

Sports Brief has also previously reported that ten Hag criticised the referee after his side were denied a penalty against Tottenham Hotspur.

The two sides played out to a two-all draw at Old Trafford on January 14, but the hosts felt they deserved a penalty after Alejandro Garnacho was held in the area.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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