The 10 greatest managers in Premier League history


The Premier League has been graced with some legendary players during its 27 years.

We’ve also been treated to some legendary managers.

At the time of writing, we’ve witnessed a total of 400 managers throughout the Premier League years.

But some have lasted longer than others.

Arsene Wenger managed 828 matches at Arsenal, while some caretaker bosses - such as Mark Bowen at QPR and Clive Allen at Tottenham - have lasted just one day.

But who is the greatest manager in Premier League history?

Well, GIVEMESPORT have decided to rank the 10 greatest managers in the history of England’s top-flight.

10 | Mauricio Pochettino

A manager that has never won a trophy in the list? GIVEMESPORT are stupid!

Hear us out.

On a shoe-string budget, Pochettino has turned Tottenham into one of the most attractive sides in European football. His finishes since his arrival in north London have been 5th, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

With a wage and transfer budget way below that of the clubs around them, that is some achievement.

While we’re not taking achievements outside of the Premier League account, Pochettino deserves an enormous amount of credit for taking Spurs to a Champions League final.


9 | Antonio Conte

To inherit a side that finished 10th the previous campaign, change the formation after a few matches and win the league by seven points deserves a huge amount of credit.

He may have been sacked the following season after finishing 5th after a few questionable decisions - such as getting rid of Diego Costa - but very few managers have worked wonders in their debut season like Conte did.

Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League

8 | Kenny Dalglish

Younger fans will only remember his fairly unsuccessful second spell in charge of Liverpool.

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

Of course, earlier in his career, he managed Liverpool to six league titles and three European Cups but, as that was outside the Premier League era, we’re not taking that into consideration.

But beating Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United to the title with Blackburn - despite Jack Walker’s millions - is a fantastic achievement.


7 | Claudio Ranieri

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

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

He may have been sacked midway through the following campaign but he was responsible for one of the greatest ever seasons in the history of football anywhere in the world.

Leicester City v Everton - Premier League

6 | Jurgen Klopp

He may have failed to have actually won the title but he was pretty close last season with 97 points.

That point tally was the third-highest in Premier League history - behind only Manchester City’s two previous seasons.

But Klopp has turned Liverpool from a pretty terrible side into genuine title challengers, playing exciting football in the meantime.

If he can lead the Reds to a Premier League title, Klopp will certainly be moving a few places up this list.


5 | Rafa Benitez

Another manager that came so close to landing Liverpool their first-ever Premier League title - although he did miraculously 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, perhaps, his work at Newcastle surpassed what he did at Anfield.

He couldn’t save them from relegation after taking over in March 2016 but won the Championship with 94 points the following year.

In his two full seasons in the Premier League, Newcastle finished 10th and 13th on an extremely tight budget.

We may see further proof of the remarkable job Benitez did at St James’ Park this season with Newcastle now being managed by Steve Bruce.

Newcastle United v Liverpool FC - Premier League

4 | Jose Mourinho

United fans may disagree with this one.

But the ‘Special One’ led Chelsea to two consecutive Premier League titles in his first two seasons at Stamford Bridge - Chelsea’s first league wins since 1955 - before finishing second in his third campaign.

He was moved on by Roman Abramovich but returned to English football with Man Utd in 2016.

Despite winning the League Cup and the Europa League, a sixth-placed finish was underwhelming. A trophyless season followed as they came runners-up to an incredible Man City side before he was sacked last December.

What United fans would give for a second-place finish these days.


3 | Arsene Wenger

828 Premier League matches in charge of Arsenal.

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

Also led his side to an incredible unbeaten campaign during the 2003/04 title-winning season.

Some fans may think that his legacy was tarnished somewhat in his final three campaigns where he finished 5th, 6th, and 5th.

But what an unbelievable job he did in north London for 23 seasons.

Arsenal v Leicester City

2 | Pep Guardiola

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

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

100 and 98 points are the two highest tallies the top-flight has seen, suggesting that this City side are the greatest Premier League side ever.

Pep has spent a lot of money but he’s turned City into the best side in world football.


1 | Sir Alex Ferguson

Who else?

Ferguson was in charge of United for 21 seasons. He won the Premier League title in 13 of those seasons.

Big-name 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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