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Top five: British managers

Ferguson is arguably the best football manager of all time (©GettyImages)
Ferguson is arguably the best football manager of all time (©GettyImages).

Britain has produced some of the greatest young managers in world football.

While most have retired, Sir Alex Ferguson joins that group from next season. Whether it was Bill Shankly's Liverpool or Sir Alex's Manchester United, Britain has seen some great sides take the field under the guidance of great managers. 

First of all, some honourable mentions:

Bob Paisley

Sir Bobby Robson 

Jock Stein 

5. Sir Matt Busby | Manchester United

While it may seem ironic that Matt Busby played for United's bitter rivals Manchester City and Liverpool in his playing career, he will always be remembered for his management at Manchester United.

He created the famous 'Busby Babes' and won seven trophies with them. The Busby Babes were developing into the best side in Europe when their plane crashed in Munich, which was one of the most tragic incidents in football history.

But Busby carried on the winning tradition of Manchester United and won them the league just six years after the accident. They went on to win six trophies post the air crash, including an incredible Champions League triumph, beating Benfica 4-1 AET. 

4. Sir Alf Ramsey | England

The most successful manager England's national team has ever seen, Ramsey helped transform England into world beaters on the global stage.

His most prominent contribution was helping England win the 1966 World Cup, the greatest day in English football history. He also lead them to a third-place finish in the 1968 European Championships and recorded an impressive 61 per cent win percentage with the national side. Under Ramsey's guidance, England lost just 17 times in 113 games, which is an unbelievable record. 

3. Bill Shankly | Liverpool

Bill Shankly laid the foundations to make Liverpool the club they are today. His 15-year stint at Anfield was nothing short of spectacular as he created a side on his own terms making Liverpool arguably the best team in the country at that time.

Shankly led Liverpool out of the second division and went on to win three league titles while at the club. He also capped that with two FA Cups and one UEFA Cup. All in all, Shankly won 11 major trophies at Liverpool and helped Liverpool out of the lower tier of English football into an elite club in Europe. 

2. Brian Clough | Derby County & Nottingham Forest

Clough managed many English sides but his most recognised stints were at Nottingham Forest and Derby County.

At Derby, he led them out of the second division and just three years after that he made Derby win the league title. He won four trophies at Derby before seeking new pastures. He ended his managerial career at Forest and was most successful there.

He won them numerous league titles and also won back-to-back European Cups, a feat never managed by any other British club. Clough won 12 trophies at Forest and 16 in total, making him one of the most decorated managers in British history. 

1. Sir Alex Ferguson | Manchester United, Aberdeen & St. Mirren

Who else? The man has won everything there is to win in competitive football. Known for his 27-year stay with Manchester United, Ferguson achieved some feats at Aberdeen and St. Mirren too.

Ferguson won St. Mirren the Scottish league before moving to Aberdeen where he won the league four times while also beating the mighty Real Madrid in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

Sir Alex then decided to move to Manchester United, where he was most successful, securing two Champions League titles and numerous Premier League titles and FA Cups.

Maybe the greatest ever, but he certainly is the best British manager ever seen. Winning 49 major trophies in just 37 years of management is no easy task.

 

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