Most Successful Tottenham Hotspur Managers Ever – Top 10

Tottenham Hotspur is one of the biggest clubs in London as well as in the whole of England. Many great managers have played an important role in making the club what it is now. Let us have a look at some of the most successful Tottenham Hotspur managers.

Here are the top 10 most successful Tottenham Hotspur managers, with a minimum of 30 games managed.

10. David Pleat

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In May 1986, Pleat was appointed manager of Tottenham Hotspur. During his only full season as manager, Tottenham Hotspur reached third place in the First Division, reached the FA Cup final, and the semi-final of the Football League Cup in the 1986–87 season.

During this season, he played with just one striker – Clive Allen, who scored a highly impressive total of 49 goals in all competitions. They had been in serious contention for all three major English trophies that season, although they ended the season without winning any of them.

Pleat’s employment as manager of Tottenham came to an end in October 1987 when he was dismissed due to “disclosures about his private life”

9. Frank Brettell

Frank Brettell joined Tottenham Hotspur in 1898, soon after the club had been converted into a Public limited company. He brought a number of players with him from Bolton Wanderers, but his stay as the club’s manager was relatively brief, he resigned in February 1899.

During this time he managed 63 games and won 37 of them, which gives a win % of 58.73.

8. John Cameron

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Cameron was signed by Frank Brettell as a player for Tottenham Hotspur in May 1898. In February 1899 he succeeded Brettell when he became player-manager and enjoyed instant success when, in his first game in charge, Tottenham became the first lower-division club ever to come from behind against top-flight opposition to win an FA cup tie with Cameron himself scoring the winning goal against Sunderland.

In 1900 he led Tottenham to the Southern Football League title and in 1901 led them to victory in the FA Cup final. After drawing 2–2 with Sheffield United, Tottenham eventually won the replay with Cameron scoring the opening goal in a 3–1 win. As a result, Tottenham became the only club outside the English League to win the competition.

Under Cameron, the club also finished as runners-up in the Southern League in 1902 and 1904. During his career with the club, Cameron scored 139 goals in 293 appearances, including 43 goals in 111 appearances in the Southern League. He resigned as Tottenham manager in March 1907.

7. Arthur Turner

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Arthur Turner was a lifelong employee of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club who served in a number of capacities from 1906 when he joined as Secretary of the Club. On the resignation of Fred Kirkham in 1908 the Directors of the club decided not to appoint new manager. However, Turner took responsibility in the main for running the side until December 1912.

Once again, in August 1942 Turner took over as Manager and steered the Club through the remaining period of the Second World War and the most difficult time in its history. Although the Football League had been suspended during the war years a fixture list of cup competitions and ‘friendlies’ was fulfilled in the main due to Turner’s efforts to ensure a full team was always fielded. His record as a manager during this period reads:- Played 49, Won 27, Drew 11, Lost 11.

In 1946 he was succeeded as Manager by Joe Hulme. Arthur continued to serve the Club until his death in 1949, a period totalling some 43 years.

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