With Chelsea’s victory over Hull City on Saturday Jose Mourinho has set a record by becoming the manager to reach 400 Barclays Premier League points in the fewest matches.
The 2-0 victory over Hull took Mourinho’s tally to 401 points, ensuring he broke the 400 barrier in just 174 Barclays Premier League matches, 17 fewer than his nearest rival, Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson reached 400 points after taking charge of 191 matches at Manchester United since the Barclays Premier League started in 1992/93, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez, when at Liverpool, did so after 208 and 209 fixtures respectively.
Mourinho has some way to go to reach the record number of points amassed by Fergie, who holds that honour with 1,752 points =in his 810 matches in charge at Old Trafford, at an average of 2.16 points a match. At his present rate of 2.70 points per match, Mourinho would surpass Ferguson’s record at about 650 BPL matches, another 476 fixtures, or about 12.5 seasons.
Arsene Wenger lies second in the overall list with 1,366 points from 690 matches at an average of 1.98 points a match. Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp lies in third with 870 points from 633 matches at a points-per-match average of 1.37.
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