A manager plays a very important role in football as he is the person who brings oneness to the team. He is the man responsible for coming up with new strategies and game plan to counter the opponents. This article talks about the top 10 greatest football managers in the history of football.
1. Sir Alexander Chapman “Alex” Ferguson
Sir Alex is considered the greatest manager of all time. He is the best and the most successful manager Manchester United ever had. Before joining united, he led a Scottish club named Aberdeen to 3 league titles. He won record 13 Premier league titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 league Cups, 10 Community Shields, 2 Champions League, 1UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup. He has a record 11 times as premier league manager of the season and 4 times manager of the year.
2. Arsène Wenger
He is known as a football genius and a revolutionary. He is the man who changed English football. The man turned the boring Arsenal into a team that plays top class football. His diet and training methods prolonged the career of many footballers. His Arsenal team was unbeaten in the season 2003/04. He bought players Viera, Overmars, Petit,Bergkamp, Toure, Van Persie, Fabregas for peanuts and turned them into world class players. He is a football purist and a man with great vision who turned Arsenal into a world class club. Arsene has won 3premier league titles, 6 FA cups, 6 community shields, 2 French league titles, a French Cup and a Japanese title.
3. Marinus “Rinus” Jacobus Hendricus Michels (Rinus Michels)
RinusMichels was the man to institute ‘Total Football’. He was manager who has master plans for games. He was named manager of the century by FIFA in the year 1999. He won 4 Dutch league titles, a Spanish Cup, a Dutch Cup, a Spanish league title and a European Cup. He led the Holland national team into the finals of 1974 World cup and won the Euro in 1988 with the Dutch national team.
4. Ernst Franz Hermann Happel (Ernst Happel)
Ernst Happel can proud that he is one the few manager who tasted great success at both domestic and international level. He won titles with 4 different countries. Feyenoord won European Cup during his reign and the 13 years later he won same title with not so famous club called Hamburg. He won 2 German championships, a Belgian Cup, 3 Belgian championships, 2 Austrian championships, Dutch cup and Dutch championship.
5. Robert “Bob” Paisley (Bob Paisley)
Bob Paisely is the best manager Liverpool ever had. After Shankly built the base of the club, Bob Paisely took it to the next level. The club won several trophies under his reign. He won 19 trophies in just 9 years which includes 3 European cups and the only manager to win this cup three times. He won Manager of the year award 6 times in 9 years. He also won 3 league cups, 6 league titles and 5 charity shield.
6. Vittorio Pozzo
Vittorio Pozzo is one of the best managers Italy has ever produced. During his reihn, the Italian team were unbeaten. He made Giuseppe Meazza one of the most deadliest strikers in the world. He won two consecutive World Cups with Italy in the year 1934 and 1938. He alson won 2 Central European International Cups and an Olympic gold medal in 1936.
7. John “Jock” Stein (Jock Stein)
Jock Stein’s influence on football is immeasurable. Brain believed the game of football is nothing without fans. He was the first manager of a British side to win the European Cup, he achieved that feat with Celtic in 1976. He is one of the greatest manager Scotland has ever produced along with Sir Alex Ferguson, Busby and Shankly. He won 10 league title with Celtic out of which he won 9 of them consecutively. He also won 8 Scottish Cups and 6 Scottish leagues.
8. Helenio Herrera Gavilán (Helenio Herrera)
“Helenio Herrera – Argentine football Manager”
Heleino was a very influential football manager and considered the greatest manager of his time. He was the first person to use psychological skills in football to make sure that his players ensured victory in their minds. Herrera managed top clubs like Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and AS Roma. He won 16 major trophies in his managerial career. His best time was with Inter Milan, where he won 3 league titles and 2 European Cups. He won two leagues with both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. He also won 2 UEFA cups and a Spanish Cup in Barcelona.
9. Brian Howard Clough (Brian Clough)
Clough is the greatest manager England never had. The major factor for Clough’s success as a manager was his man management skills. He achieved what was considered impossible by winning the Division title with Derby County. He managed to win successive European Cups with Nottingham Forest who were lying in the second division when Clough took over. Clough won two division titles, 4 league cups, 2 European Cups and a charity shield.
10. Sir Alexander Matthew “Matt” Busby (Matt Busby)
Busby is considered one of the greatest managers of all time. Busby was the man who rebuilt Manchester United and took them to the European triumph. His team won the FA Cup in 1948 and the league title in 1953. Busby replaced ageing players with younger players with great potential but most them died in the Munich Air disaster.
Ten years after the Munich disaster, he built another team which won the European Cup in 1968. Sir Matt busby has won 5 league titles, 2 FA Cups, a European Cup and 5 Charity Shields in his managerial career.