With the re-installation of Jose Mourinho as manager of Chelsea this raises an important question to many football fans: who is the greatest manager in Premier League history?
Whilst it is easy to argue that win percentage is the key factor in assessing this difficult question, this is not always the case.
Guus Hiddink, for instance, has the greatest tally in this respect with a ridiculously high 84.6%, though only lasting four months as interim manager. Longevity is, therefore, also a key consideration.
1. Sir Alex Ferguson
There are few superlatives available to describe the incredible managerial career and the impact he has had on world football generally. A deserved champion, with a record 13 league titles, two Champions Leagues, five FA Cups and four League Cups - this man won the lot.
In 26 years Ferguson managed to alter Manchester United’s fortunes from underachievers to the greatest club of modern times.
Although his methods have not always been the easiest to comprehend or accept, he is a winner, who has cultured a plethora of talented individuals such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona.
2. Arsene Wenger
The only manager to lead a Premier League team to an unbeaten season.
Although his Arsenal side have faded slightly in recent years, at the peak of their powers Wenger and his Gunners were the team to beat. A penchant for attractive football and a positive policy towards young players combined with the three league titles and 4 FA Cups marks Wenger as one of the greatest managers to have graced the Premier League.
3. Jose Mourinho
The ‘Special One’ certainly deserves a mention as one of the top managerial talents of the Premier League era. With a 65.5% win rate, producing two Premier League titles, two League Cups, one FA Cup and a Community Shield, it is hard to doubt his place in this list.
Mourinho didn’t just impress on the field; his animated personality shone through and England loved him for it. He may not have been happy in Spain but he has been sorely missed by the majority of British football fans.
4. Rafael Benitez
Many would consider this a controversial selection but Rafa’s record speaks for itself. Leading a hardly impressive Liverpool team to Champions League, Super Cup and FA Cup glory and then to gain Europa League honours at Chelsea after suffering massive levels of animosity from the Stamford Bridge faithful.
5. David Moyes
One of the stalwarts of the Premier League, Moyes will be sorely missed by his Goodison Park following.
He has served Everton loyally and with limited funds, turning them into top-four contenders. Building a powerful, yet skilful core on a shoestring budget has been no easy task but astute signings such as Marouane Fellaini, Phil Neville, Tim Cahill and Phil Jagielka have proved that Moyes has what it takes to take the reigns from Sir Alex and truly fulfil his potential.
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