1 Sir Alf Ramsey
Where do I begin with this World Cup winning manager? Sir Alf will always be remembered for leading England to the World Cup final in 1966 and winning the ultimate prize. Prior to this he also won the league with Ipswich in 1962.
He is my number 1 manager because winning the World Cup with England has to be the greatest achievement a manager can have on their CV.
2 Sir Alex Ferguson
The most successful manager of all time has won an incredible 12 league titles, 5 FA Cups, 2 Champions League titles and is among the elite in winning the treble with Manchester United in 1999.
With Sir Alex still in charge of Manchester United, no one knows the exact number of titles and trophies he can achieve before retirement and no one would bet against him adding to his collection.
3 Sir Matt Busby
One of the all time greatest managers, Sir Matt won 5 Titles and 2 FA Cups with Manchester United, but he will always be remembered for the way he conducted himself and supported the players during the horrific Munich Tragedy. After the horrific events in Munich, Sir Matt had to build a new side around the survivors and bring in new players to help himself, the surviving players, Club and supporters to try and recover from this terrible event.
4 Bill Shankly
Bill Shankly transformed Liverpool from a League 2 side to a winning League 1 team in a short space of time. He is regarded as one of the best managers of all time and it’s said that Liverpool wouldn’t be where they are today, or have won as many accolades if Bill hadn’t taken over as manager. He won 3 First Divisions and 2 FA Cups whilst in charge and was a truly great manager.
5 Brian Clough
Brian Clough was an inspiration to the game throughout his career; he was completely different to any manager that had previously gone before him. Brian first tasted success with Derby County by winning the League title and reaching the semi final of the European Cup.
He is probably best remembered for his great success with Nottingham Forest where he won 2 European Cups whilst in charge. Although his Leeds career didn’t go to plan, he is still regarded as a one off and is always mentioned among the managerial greats.
6 Don Revie
An all time great amongst the Leeds United fans, Don created a formidable Leeds side who won 2 League Titles, 1 League, 1 FA Cup and a 1 European trophy whilst in charge. He was known not only for the silverware he won, but the team he created at Leeds United who were so dominant in the 70s.
7 Bob Paisley
After taking over the managerial role from Bill Shankly at Liverpool, Bob was under pressure from day one to maintain the success built up by his predecessor. Bob quickly carried on Liverpool’s winning mentality by leading them to 3 European Cups, 6 League Titles and 3 League Cups.
8 Arsene Wenger
To some people this might be a strange inclusion to the list; however, over the years Wenger has won 3 League Titles and surely any manager that went a whole season unbeaten deserves a mention. Although Wenger gets a lot of stick for not having won a trophy with Arsenal for over 7 years, no one can argue with the attractive football he has created at the club.
9 Sir Bobby Robson
A one off man and manager, Sir Bobby devoted his life to football and had a successful managerial career and nearly won the World Cup With England in 1990 if they hadn’t lost on penalties to Germany. Sir Bobby became a legend managing Ipswich Town and took the club to their highest ever finish, which was 4th in the First Division. He also led the club to an FA Cup title.
10 Jose Mourinho
Some of you may be thinking, why is “The Special One” last in my list? The answer, although he had a successful managerial career with Chelsea, leading them to various silverware, Mr Mourinho is still young and has many years ahead of him to become one the greats. His record as a manager speaks volumes and his ability is second to none. Mark my word; “The Special One” will become one of the greatest managers of all time.