By News Team
Last Updated: 21st September 2021
Over the last 29 years the Premier League has been graced with some of the greatest managers in football history.
Here are our top five greatest Premier League football managers of all time.
Sir Alex Ferguson
In November 1986, Alex Ferguson took over a Manchester United side that were struggling to score a goal, let alone win a game. After a couple of months Ferguson was under real pressure, but was given a final chance to prove his value as a manager that season.
Ferguson would go on to prove his worth and went on to manage United for 27 years. Over those 27 years, Ferguson won a staggering 38 trophies, including a record 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League crowns. In 2013, Ferguson would retire as the greatest ever Premier League manager and as one of the greatest football managers of all time, having built and re-built some of the division’s finest ever sides.
In 1996, Arsenal appointed Arsene Wenger as their manager after he made his name during a seven-year spell at the helm of Monaco during the late 80s and early 90s. Questions were raised about the Frenchman, but he too would silence his doubters.
Wenger would go on to win three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and produce an unforgettable unbeaten league season in 2003-04 with the Invincibles during his 22-year stay at Arsenal. Not only did Wenger provide trophies, he changed the whole philosophy of modern-day football, making changes to the likes of scouting systems and player diets, and was nicknamed ‘Le Professeur’.
When you think of Pep Guardiola, you think of silky football and trophies, but it took him some time to implement his magnificent style at Manchester City. After a trophyless maiden campaign in 2016-17, Guardiola then produced the greatest Premier League season of all time in 2017-18.
City broke the record for the most amount of points ever, the most amount of goals scored and the most wins in a single league season. The season after, they were pushed to the final day but once again came out on top to win back-to-back Premier League titles for the first time in the club’s history.
Guardiola followed those achievements up with a third Premier League crown last term, while he has also won one FA Cup and four League Cups during his time at the Etihad. The Catalan has quite simply turned City into one of the greatest Premier League forces of all time, if not the greatest.
When Jose Mourinho joined Chelsea in 2004, Manchester United and Arsenal were the two sides dominating English football, but then things began to change. The Blues soon became the ones to beat in the Premier League.
Mourinho’s Chelsea side broke the Premier League points record, they conceded the least amount of goals in a season – which is still yet to be broken – and they cruised to back-to-back Premier League titles, blowing any team they came up against out of the water.
Mourinho would leave Chelsea in 2007 but returned in 2013 as ‘The Special One’ went on to win the Premier League once again in 2014-15 to confirm his genius, while he has also since had spells at Manchester United and Spurs.
Jurgen Klopp made his name at Borussia Dortmund but there were still some doubts as to whether or not he could take Liverpool back to the top, with the club having been short of consistent success for some time. After a couple of seasons Klopp showed that he had to talent for it, but he needed the right players.
But once the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker joined, Klopp took Liverpool from fifth to second in 2018-19 – finishing on 98 points, which in any other season would be enough to win the league – while going on to win the Champions League for the first time since 2005.
The following season Klopp guided Liverpool to the Premier League title for the first time in 30 years, playing some sensational football. Klopp had managed to turn the Reds into one of the greatest forces in the division’s history while also confirming his position as one of the best Premier League managers ever.
With Liverpool looking back to their best this season, the German will be aiming to add a second Premier League title to his collection.