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Can debutant managers start with a bang?

13 Jun 2018
Unai Emery, Arsenal

Three new managers will be hoping to emulate the Matchweek 1 bows of Allardyce and Laudrup

Three new managers will be looking to begin their Premier League careers in style in August but they may struggle to emulate the feats of Sam Allardyce and Michael Laudrup.

Unai EmeryNuno Espirito Santo and Slavisa Jokanovic will take their places in a PL dugout for the first time when they respectively lead Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham on the opening weekend.

And it is the records of Allardyce and Laudrup they will be trying to match.

Allardyce's Bolton Wanderers defeated Leicester City 5-0 on the opening day of the 2001/02 campaign while Laudrup, in charge of Swansea City, had the same scoreline against Queens Park Rangers in 2012.

They remain the managers with the best performances on debut in Matchweek 1 of a PL campaign.

Emery, Espirito Santo and Jokanovic will find out their first opponents when the 2018/19 fixtures are released at 09:00 BST this Thursday.

Best MW1 performances on debut
Manager Club Score Opp Season
Sam Allardyce BOL 5-0 LEI 2001/02
Michael Laudrup SWA 5-0 QPR 2012/13
Luiz Felipe Scolari CHE 4-0 POR 2008/09
Ian Holloway BLP 4-0 WIG 2010/11
Manuel Pellegrini MCI 4-0 NEW 2013/14
Also in this series 

Part 1: The impossible job: Compiling the fixture list
Part 2: How the Premier League fixture list is compiled
Part 3: Can 2018/19 live up to last season's opening salvo?
Part 4: Arsenal the place for goals on opening day
Part 5: Who can match Ravanelli's dream debut?
Part 7: Man Utd kings of the opening weekend
Part 8: Aguero eyes record for opening weekends
Part 9: Mourinho points the way for managers on opening day

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