A manager plays a vital and a paramount role in a football team. They are essentially the pivot around which the team revolves. The likes of Zinedine Zidane, Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have all been great managers of this sport and have elevated the standard of this entire profession.
Even though a manager doesn’t play on the field, they are the tactical headquarters of a football team. They dictate the passage of play and have to make sure that all the players are on the same boat.
There are some managers who create a lasting impression on the fans and the lovers of this game, with their tactical ability and prowess.
In this article, we take a look at the top 10 managers of all-time They are ones who have managed teams extremely well:
1. Pep Guardiola
One of the most successful football managers in the world, Pep Guardiola has carved a niche for himself in the footballing circuit. He has been the manager of Manchester City since 2016 and has been guiding them to several titles.
Guardiola has won 2 UEFA Champions League trophies and has now been marshalling the troops of the Cityzens, extremely well.
2. Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the most respected and reliable managers of all time. He was the reason why Manchester United became such a dominant force in the latter half of the 20th century.
He won Manchester United, all 13 of their Premier League titles. Sir Alex Ferguson had 102 wins in UEFA Champions League. He is undoubtedly, the greatest Manchester United manager ever.
3. Jose Mourinho
A must-have name in your top 10 list of best managers of all time, Jose Mourinho announces his name in style. He is coached several clubs in his life-time and is considered as one of the most influential coaches of all times.
Jose Mourinho has coached Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea among several other respectable and notable teams. He has racked up the World’s Best Club Coach Award 4 times and has also won the UEFA Champions League title, twice.
4. Bill Shankly
One of the finest managers of Liverpool, Bill Shankly is an undisputable monarch of the coaching industry. He has won several domestic titles and everyone holds a lot of respect for his managerial style and his records.
He was the main reason why Liverpool came to First Division and had a winning percentage of 51.98 in Liverpool.
5. Diego Simeone
The manager of Atletico Madrid since 2011, Diego Simeone is the face of this popular Spanish club. Has a terrific win percentage of 59.29 while managing Atletico Madrid and has previously coached clubs such as Racing Club, River Plate and Catania.
He has been the runners-up of the UEFA Champions League with Atletico Madrid in 2013-14 and 2015-16.
6. Sir Matt Busby
Before the Munich air disaster and after it, Sir Matt Busby was the sparkling light of Manchester United. Despite losing several of his star players in the horrific plane crash, Sir Matt Busby built another strong and resolute group of football players in Manchester United.
United won their first European Cup win under his tutelage in 1968. Sir Matt Busby was one of the most revered coaches in world football.
7. Brian Clough
Known for his massive success at Nottingham Forest, Brian Clough is next on our list of Top 10 managers of all-time. He has won 4 League Cups with Forest and has won the Full Members Cup, 2 times.
Clough was also known for his stint with Derby County and is an extremely popular manager in footballing folklore.
8. Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte is one of the best managers of Chelsea of all-time and had won the Premier League in his first year. In the very next season, he won the FA Cup for the Blues and won the sentiments of all the fans.
He has been the Italian Champions for 4 times and has won Italian Super Cup, 2 times.
9. Sir Bobby Robson
He was one of the main reasons why England went to the semi-finals in the FIFA World Cup 1990 and has been one of the best managers of England of all-time. Sir Bobby Robson had a win percentage of 46.67 in Newcastle United.
He had an even better percentage with England. Sir Bobby Robson had a win percentage of 49.47 with the Three Lions.
10. Jupp Heynckes
One of the best coaches of Bayer Leverkusen, he had a dream run with them in the early half of 2000s. He made sure they staged a comeback into the UEFA Champions League in 2011 and a Bundesliga runners-up position in the following year.
He completed a successful and historic Treble with Bayern Munich in 2013 and is also credited for reaching the UEFA Champions League title for 2 back-to-back times.