Which EFL managers are still unbeaten?
Only a handful of Football League managers remain unbeaten in the early stages of the new season, none of which come from League One.
Below we take a look at the prized five and their match odds for their upcoming fixtures this weekend, with a five-fold accumulator on a win for each selection priced at a very tasty 127/1 with Paddy Power.
Marco Silva (Fulham)
What a superb start it’s been for Marco Silva as he begins to restore a managerial reputation which was left bruised after his Everton tenure. 13 points from a possible 15 is a fantastic return for the new Fulham boss who has won his last five successive games, including four in the league. We’re expecting August's Championship Manager of the Month to catapult that run to six on the spin given that his top-of-the-table side travel to Neil Critchley’s winless Blackpool who are 22nd with just two points on the board since returning to the Championship.
Valerien Ismael (West Brom)
Fellow new boss Valerien Ismael is locked on 13 points alongside Silva in what has been a fine start to life at West Brom - after he left Barnsley in the summer - with his new crop of players quickly adapting to the Frenchman’s high-intensity, direct style of play. Like Silva, Ismael drew his first match at the helm before overseeing four straight triumphs, a tally he’ll be bidding to extend to five when his side host Millwall.
Ismael is also responsible for one of the celebrations of the season so far - click here - some say he’s still running…
Mark Warburton (QPR)
Staying in the Championship’s top-three we have Mark Warburton. Since Warburton was appointed in 2019, it’s been a story of gradual progression - 13th then 9th - and now a fantastic opening collection of three wins and two draws has really fuelled hopes that this is the season that QPR mount a serious promotion push. Meanwhile, upcoming opponents Reading have endured a poor start, losing four of their five games, and conceding a league-high 13 goals in the process.
Scott Parker (Bournemouth)
The Championship is the place to be for unbeaten streaks at the moment with Scott Parker the league’s fourth and final manager that has yet to be toppled this season. Parker, who switched the capital for the south coast in the summer, has overseen wins over Nottingham Forest and Birmingham, and drawn against West Brom, Blackpool, and Hull which puts the Cherries 6th. Ryan Christie and Jamal Lowe have since been added and could feature at home to Barnsley who have just one win on the board so far.
Simon Weaver (Harrogate)
Over in League Two Simon Weaver is the last unbeaten manager. The longest-serving boss in the top-four tiers - who you can read more about here - has emerged as the early surprise package of the season after accumulating 13 points from 15 available; with a game in hand too. “We play with an edge, an energy and a real attitude to win,” beamed Weaver recently. Harrogate subsequently top the table and have the opportunity to extend their lead tonight (Friday) when they host Newport.