The Premier League has seen some of the greatest players in the world, but it has also been home to some of the world’s greatest managers. Who are the top 5?
5. David Moyes
David Moyes has worked miracles in his time at Everton, one of the longest-serving managers in the league, his achievements cannot be understated. While those around him have benefitted from large transfer budgets, Moyes has had to make do with a shoestring budget, often having to sell before he could buy. Despite such limited finances, he has formed a squad that if fully fit would remain competitive in the top 5. In addition, he took the side to an FA Cup final as well as being the most recent manager to break the top four cartel.
4. Jose Mourinho
‘The Special One’ arrived in England with a bang; backed by Abramovich’s riches he won two league titles and established Chelsea as one of the top teams in the country after years of Arsenal and Manchester United dominance. He was in equal parts controversial and mischievous; the departure from Chelsea was a grave loss to the club and to the Premier League but there is little doubt that he will return one day.
3. Sir Bobby Robson
Robson never won a Premier League title but still goes down as one of the greats. He won numerous titles in Europe and led Newcastle to consecutive top 4 finishes. Under him, the team played an attractive style of football and it was an all too brief return to the days of the Entertainers. His successes in Europe mark him down as one of the most influential managers in history, having worked with some of the world greatest players and helping them in their development.
2. Arsene Wenger
Lagging some way behind Ferguson with only the three league titles; yet Wenger’s impact on the British game cannot be understated. He changed the attitude of footballers and did away with the drinking culture that was prevalent in the early 90s. In addition his approach to the game itself is applauded by all lovers of the game as he encourages his sife to play a flowing passing game that is easy on the eye; his finest moment came in 2004 when his Arsenal side won the league and went the whole season undefeated.
1. Sir Alex Ferguson
With 11 league titles to his name, the number 1 spot is no surprise. Add to that the two European Cups he has won and it is no wonder Ferguson is recognised as one of the greatest managers of all time. His ability to construct title-winning sides again and again is truly a gift. He is the longest-serving manager currently in the Premier League and the United job is his for as long as he wants.
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