Sir Alex Ferguson is unarguably the most successful football manager of all time with his unbelievable 41 trophies and long and flourishing career but there are few other football managers that are legends in their own right. And although you will have your own opinion of who should be on the list, you can’t argue that these gentlemen made a deep impact on football history.
The Portuguese football midfielder turned manager is regarded by many players, commentators and coaches as one of the most successful managers of all time. In 2017 he was named one of the 10 best coaches since the UEFA was founded in 1954. He spent more than £1 billion pounds on transfers in the same year.
He made his mark in the UK when he managed Chelsea in 2004 which led to them winning the Premier League with a record 95 points. The first title for Chelsea in 50 years. In 2005 they defended their title and in 2006 – 2007 he took Chelsea to a FA Cup and League Cup double. He left the club in 2007 but returned in 2013 which led to another league championship. He was sacked in 2015 but Manchester United raked him up in May 2016.
He is a charismatic and controversial character that emphasis results over beautiful football.
The UK born Wing-half was a player, coach and manager who had a 36 year association with Tottenham Hotspurs. Undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in the club’s history Nicholson sadly passed away in 2004. In his 16 year managerial career he led the team to winning eight major trophies and guided them to their double winning season in 1960-1961.
His career started in 1936 as a ground-staff boy for Tottenham Hotspurs (Spurs) where he got paid £2 a week while he was playing for the Spurs’ nursery club. After he won a Kent Senior Cup winners medal in the final against Dover he signed as a professional player for Tottenham in 1938.
During the Second World War he joined Durham Light Infantry and was made was made a sergeant-instructor, training troops throughout the entire war. Sadly he lost half of his playing career but the man-management skills that he acquired during this period had a huge impact on his management career.
He went back to Tottenham in 1946 and after his retirement took a FA coaching course which led to him being the first team coach in 1955. In 1958 he became manager of the club. Two years later they won the Football League championship and the FA Cup in 1960 -1961. He put Tottenham on the map and resigned in 1974, admitting that he was burnt out.
The french born football Midfielder was the longest-serving and most successful Arsenal manager of all time. He managed the club from 1996 – 2018. His massive contribution to English football globalised the sport in the 21st century.
Wenger got a managers diploma in 1981. After a unsuccessful career at Nancy, he joined AS Monaco which resulted in the club winning the league championship in 1988. He was made manager of Arsenal in 1996 and guided the club to a league and FA Cup double only two years later. Arsenal won another league and cup double in 2002 and retained the FA Cup a year later.
In 2004 he led Arsenal to a undefeated league season for the first time in 115 years. They beat Nottingham Forrest’s record of 42 league matches unbeaten and even won seven more matches before losing in October 2004.
He was dubbed ”Le Professeur” by the British media because of his studious demeanour and attacking mentality.He believed that football needed to be entertaining and considering his club’s 100 red cards between 1996 – 2014, he did just that.