Top 10 greatest managers in Premier League history

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The Premier League over the years has recorded the participation of some legendary players during its 27 years. As i  pen down this piece, we’ve witnessed a total of 400 managers throughout the Premier League years. Arsene Wenger for instance managed 828 matches at Arsenal, while some caretaker bosses – such as Mark Bowen at QPR and Clive Allen at Tottenham – have only managed to last a single day. Our teaming audience continue to ask. who is the greatest manager in Premier League history?

The Greatest Managers in Premier League History

 

10 | Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino (image credit: football.london)
Mauricio Pochettino (image credit: football.london)

A manager who has never won a trophy!!

Let’s tell you why.

On a meager budget, Pochettino has managed  to turn Tottenham into one of the most attractive sides in European football. Ever since his arrival at north London, Pochettino’s finishes have been in the order  5th, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

He managed to accomplish this feat with a wage and transfer budget way below what is attainable in other clubs from around them, we consider that to  be a remarkable achievement.

While we don’t intend to duel on events beyond  the Premier League,  Pochettino deserves a spot on our list for taking Spurs to a Champions League final.

9 | Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte (image credit: talksport.com)
Antonio Conte (image credit: talksport.com)

This man went on to inherit a side that finished 10th the previous campaign, enhanced their  formation after a few matches and won the league by seven points. In our opinion he deserves a lot of credit.

Even though he eventually got laid off after finishing 5th due to some questionable decisions – such as getting rid of Diego Costa – but very few managers have worked wonders in their debut season like Conte did.

8 | Kenny Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish (image credit: footiecentral.com)
Kenny Dalglish (image credit: footiecentral.com)

Most young generation football fans will only remember his fairly unsuccessful second spell in charge of Liverpool.

But during the 1994/95 Premier League season, Dalglish led Blackburn to the title,this happened  three years after he helped them gain promotion to the top-flight.

It is worth mentioning, that  earlier in his career, he led Liverpool to six league titles and three European Cups, but that’s clearly outside the Premier League era, we’re not taking that into account.

He went on to beat Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United to the title with Blackburn – despite Jack Walker’s millions – is a fantastic achievement.

7 | Claudio Ranieri

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Claudio Ranieri (image credit: aclsports.com)

Our list of greatest managers in Premier League history would not be complete without Claudio Ranieri.

His  four seasons at Chelsea turned out uneventful with a 6th, 6th, 4th and 2nd placed finishes.

But his feat of  defying 5000/1 odds and leading Leicester City to the Premier League title during the 2015/16 season was just incredible.

Ranieri may have been fired midway through the following campaign but he would always be remembered as the man responsible for one of the greatest ever seasons in the history of football anywhere in the world.

6 | Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp (image credit: talksport.com)
Jurgen Klopp (image credit: talksport.com)

Klopp may not have any titles to his name but he was pretty close last season with 97 points.

A point that tallies with  the third-highest in Premier League history – behind only Manchester City’s  earlier two seasons.

Klopp has been hailed for revamping  Liverpool from a pretty weak side into genuine title challengers, playing exciting football in the meantime.

If he can lead the Reds to a Premier League title,chances are,  he’ll be making his way up the list.

5 | Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez (image credit: talksport.com)
Rafa Benitez (image credit: talksport.com)

Another contender in our list of  greatest managers in Premier League history that came so close to landing Liverpool their first-ever Premier League title – although he managed to lead them to a Champions League triumph in his first season at the club.

In the league, Benitez led Liverpool to 5th, 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 2nd and 7th placed finishes.

But undoubtedly, his work at Newcastle surpassed what he did at Anfield.

Benitez couldn’t rescue them from the dreaded relegation after he took over  in March 2016 but would eventually win the  the Championship with 94 points the following year.

As part of his note-worthy accomplishments, In his two full seasons in the Premier League, Newcastle went on to finish 10th and 13th on an extremely tight budget.

There are widespread speculations that there may be further proof of the remarkable job Benitez did at St James’ Park this season with Newcastle now being managed by Steve Bruce.

4 | Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho (image credit: talksport.com)

United fans may put this one down.

But this man right here ‘Special One’, accomplished a great feat when he went on to lead Chelsea to two consecutive Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge in his first two seasons – Chelsea’s first league wins since 1955 – before finishing second in his third campaign.

Despite his success in winning the League Cup and the Europa League, a sixth-placed finish was definitely a deal breaker. A  season without the joy of a trophy followed as they ended up becoming  runners-up to an incredible Man City side before he would eventually be fired last December.

3 | Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger (image credit: futaa.com)
Arsene Wenger (image credit: futaa.com)

828 Premier League matches in charge of Arsenal.

The man has Three league titles and has achieved a top-four finish for the first 20 seasons in charge of the Gunners.

He is also credited for leading his  side to an incredible unbeaten campaign during the 2003/04 title-winning season.

Opinion from fans suggest that his accomplishments may be thwarted  in his final three campaigns where he finished 5th, 6th, and 5th.

But he will not easily be forgotten for the unbelievable job he did in north London for 23 seasons.

2 | Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola (image credit: standard.co.uk)
Pep Guardiola (image credit: standard.co.uk)

Most fan thought  the Premier League might be the downfall of Guardiola after he could only lead City to third in his debut season.

But in a turn of events , City have racked up 198 points winning the league on both occasions in the last two campaigns.

The highest tallies are 100 and 98 points any top-flight has seen,a feat that would suggest  that this City side are the greatest Premier League side ever.

Pep has thrived on a fat budget but he has also  turned City into the best side in world football.

1 | Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson (image credit: premierleague.com)
Sir Alex Ferguson (image credit: premierleague.com)

Still wondering who?

Ferguson has been in charge  of United for 21 seasons. He went on to win  the Premier League title in 13 of those seasons.

Stellar players came and went but Fergie remained. And the trophies just kept coming.

Quite simply, the greatest manager in football history.

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