Everton’s best and worst managers over the last 30 years - ranked by win percentage

How David Moyes, Sam Allardyce, Howard Kendall and the rest fared in the Goodison Park hot seat.

It’s been a period that’s seen 11 managers at the Goodison Park helm - with just one piece of silverware yieled.

But it’s not just trophies that have defined those who have been in charge of Everton. At various times, budgets have been tight and managers have done fine jobs given their restrictions.

Here, we’ve worked out the club’s best and worst managers over the last 30 years – ranking them in order of win percentage.

Included are permanent boss’ only.

Mike Walker - 17.14%

Former Everton boss Mike Walker. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Allsport via Getty Images

The Welshman has the worst win ratio of any Everton manager in the post-war era.

During his 10 months in charge between January-November 1994, Walker was victorious in just six of the 35 games he oversaw.

Howard Kendall - 26.2%

Howard Kendall after being introduced as Everton manager for the third time. Picture: Allsport UK /Allsport via Getty Images

The Goodison Park icon's third reign as manager which lasted between June 1997-June 1998 didn't go too well.

Only a 1-1 draw against Coventry on the final day of the season saw Everton avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Kendall was inevitably sacked in the aftermath, having won 11 of his 42 matches in the hot seat.

Walter Smith - 31.5%

Walter Smith during his Everton managerial unveiling. Picture: Allsport UK /Allsport via Getty Images

It was the Scot who replaced Kendall at the Blues.

Smith's time at Everton was trouble by having to sell key players but he was sacked in March 2002 due to relegation fears. He triumphed in 53 of his 168 fixtures.

Sam Allardyce - 38.46%

Former Everton boss Sam Allardyce. Picture: Harry Trump/Getty Images

The former England boss arrived in November 2017 after a poor start to the season under Ronald Koeman.

Although Allardyce steered the Blues to an eighth-place finish, it’s a time almost every fan wants to forget.

He was sacked at the end of the season, having won 10 of his 26 games.

Howard Kendall - 38.89%

The late Howard Kendall. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

After overseeing Everton’s glory years in the 1980s, Kendall returned as managed in November 1990. The Toffees were battling relegation that season, but he turned things around to finish ninth.

However, he walked away in December 1993 following a poor run of results. During his second stint, he won 58 of the 154 matches he took charge of

Joe Royle - 39.83%

Joe Royal celebrates Everton’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham. Picture: Tony Duffy/ALLSPORT via Getty Images

The man who last won a trophy with Everton.

Royle took the driving seat in November 1994 and won the FA Cup the same season.

However, he left Merseyside in March 1997 with the Toffees just four points above the relegation zone. Royle delivered 81 victories from the 189 matches he oversaw.

Marco Silva - 40%

Marco Silva. Piture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Everton had already previously tried to poach the Portuguese from Watford before he took the reins in May 2018.

However, Silva would last just one-and-a-half-years as manager before he was axed in December 2019 after a sobering 5-2 loss to Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

In total, Silva won 24 of his 60 fixtures.

Ronald Koeman - 41.38%

Ronald Koeman. Picture: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images

After impressing at Southampton, the former Barcelona defender was recruited in the summer of 2016.

He had a decent first season to guide Everton into the Europa League but spent around £150 million the following summer and got off to a dreadful start.

The Dutchman was sacked in October 2017, having won 24 of his 58 games.

David Moyes - 42.1%

Ex-Everton boss David Moyes. Picture: Paul Thomas/Getty Images

The Scot did a remarkable job during his 11 years at Goodison given the financial restraints he operated under.

Brought in from Preston North End in March 2002, Moyes led Everton to the FA Cup final in 2009 and a fourth-place finish four years beforehand.

The Scot left to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in the summer of 2013. He was victorious in 218 of his 518 games.

Roberto Martinez - 42.7%

Former Everton boss Roberto Martinez. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

The Spaniard was selected to replace Moyes. Martinez last three years on Merseyside before he was sacked before the final game of the 2015-16 season. He left after winning 61 of his 143 fixtures.

Carol Ancelotti - 46.3%

Roberto Martinez. Picture: DAVE THOMPSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Evertonians couldn't quite believe it when the three-time Champions League winner agreed to become boss after Silva.

Ancelotti only steered the Toffees to 12th and 10th-place finishes, though, before he left for Real Madrid in the summer. The Italian was on the right side of 31 of his 67 matches.

Rafa Benitez - 50%

Manager Rafa Benitez celebrates Everton’s defeat of Burnley with Abdoulaye Doucoure. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The Spaniard made a barnstorming start on Merseyside, winning five of his first eight games.

However, the honeymoon period is very much over for Benitez. Everton have lost their past three games against West Ham, Watford and Wolves.

Still, his win record to date surpasses everyone else on the list

*Stats right at time of publishing. Article updated on November 3, 2021.