Ordering the 20 Premier League managers by the silverware they've won

  • Kobe Tong

There’s no finer indicator of a manager’s success than trophies.

Sir Alex Ferguson is considered the greatest coach in history for a reason and that’s because 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League wins and countless domestic cups is simply unreal.

Sure, other factors such as philosophy, progression and club impact can be considered, but you can’t call yourself a legendary manager without having a trophy cabinet to back it.

That’s why there was such an intriguing plot point when Liverpool and Tottenham clashed in Madrid earlier this year because both their coaches hadn’t won a trophy at their current club.

In the end, Jurgen Klopp did break his Liverpool duck with Champions League glory but – of course – he had already won plenty of silverware during his time at Borussia Dortmund.

Premier League managers’ trophies

All this considered, we were inspired by a video from HITC to put every single Premier League manager under the microscope and rank them based on their trophy collections. 

Now, of course, not every trophy in the world is as impressive as the other, so we’ve decided to take on board HITC’s points system and update the scores to reflect the current standings.

It certainly takes some getting your heard around, so take a look at how we’re discriminating between a Champions League victory and the Swedish third division below:

Champions League = 30 points
Top 5 European league title = 20 points
Europa League = 15 points
Top 5 European league domestic cup = 10 points
Any other top-flight league title = 6 points
One-off game cup competitions = 5 points
Any other league’s domestic cups = 3 points
Lower-league titles = 3 points
Play-off trophies = 2 points

So, without further ado, here are how all the Premier League managers line up when they’re held to the system above and it starts with two coaches in the dug-outs of ‘top six’ teams.

=20. Mauricio Pochettino – 0 points

=20. Frank Lampard – 0 points

18. Dean Smith – 2 points

EFL Championship play-offs (2019)

17. Ralph Hasenhuttl – 3 points

2. Bundesliga (2014-15)

16. Nuno Espirito Santo – 3 points

EFL Championship (2017-18)

15. Sean Dyche – 3 points

EFL Championship (2015-16)

14. Steve Bruce – 4 points

EFL Championship play-offs (2002, 2016)

13. Eddie Howe – 5 points 

EFL Championship (2014-15)

12. Chris Wilder – 8 points

Conference Premier play-offs (2009-10), EFL League Two (2015-16) and EFL League One (2016-17)

11. Daniel Farke – 9 points

EFL Championship (2018-19), Westfalenliga Group (2011–12) and Oberliga Westfalen (2012–13)

10. Graham Potter – 9 points

Division 1 Norra (2012), Division 2 Norrland (2011) and Svenska Cupen (2016–17)

9. Marco Silva – 12 points

Segunda Liga (2011-12), Taca de Portugal (2014-15) and Superleage Greece (2015-16)

8. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 15 points

Tippeligaen (2011, 2012) and Norwegian Football Cup (2013)

7. Brendan Rodgers – 29 points

EFL Championship play-offs (2010-11), Scottish Premiership (2016–17, 2017–18), Scottish Cup (2016–17, 2017–18) and Scottish League Cup (2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19)

6. Quique Sanchez Flores – 29 points

Taca da Liga (2008-09), Europa League (2009-10), UEFA Super Cup (2010), UAE League Cup (2011-12) and UAE President’s Cup (2012-13, 2013-14)

5. Roy Hodgson – 63 points

Allsvenskan (1976, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989),  Division 2 Norra (1984), Svenska Cupen (1985–86, 1988–89), Swiss Super Cup (1990), Danish Superliga (2000–01) and Danish Super Cup (2001)

4. Manuel Pellegrini – 72 points

Copa Chile (1995), Copa Interamericana (1994), Serie A (1999), Primera Division (2000–01, 2002-03), Copa Mercosur (2001), UEFA Intertoto Cup (2004), Premier League (2013–14) and Football League Cup (2013–14, 2015–16)

3. Jurgen Klopp – 95 points

Bundesliga (2010–11, 2011–12), DFB-Pokal (2011–12) DFL-Supercup (2013, 2014), UEFA Champions League (2018–19) and UEFA Super Cup (2019)

2. Unai Emery – 115 points

UEFA Europa League (2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16), Ligue 1 (2017–18), Coupe de France (2016–17, 2017–18), Coupe de la Ligue (2016–17, 2017–18) and Trophée des Champions (2016, 2017)

1. Pep Guardiola – 370 points

Tercera Division (2007–08), La Liga (2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11), Copa del Rey (2008–09, 2011–12), Supercopa de Espana (2009, 2010, 2011), UEFA Champions League (2008–09, 2010–11), UEFA Super Cup (2009, 2011, 2013), FIFA Club World Cup (2009, 2011, 2013), Bundesliga (2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16), DFB-Pokal (2013–14, 2015–16), Premier League (2017–18, 2018–19), FA Cup (2018–19), EFL Cup (2017–18, 2018–19) and FA Community Shield (2018, 2019)

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