Managers are the most important persons in football because they are the key people to plan everything when it comes to their team and not just that but monitor other teams too. Over the years managers have gain some popularity in football and have got football people talking about their tactics, gains and so on.
There are several football managers who are currently not active. But no one can deny their contributions to the game. So without wasting time ,Let’s see the list of the most successful football managers of all time.
10. Roberto Mancini
At number 10 is the Italian football manager Roberto Mancini. He archived 26 domestic and international trophies in his career as a manager as of 2018. Roberto Mancini is regarded as a cup specialist. He started his coaching career with Fiorentina in 2001.
He won the Coppa Italia with Fiorentina in 2001 and with Lazio in 2004. He won the Serie A title in a row from 2006 to 2008 with AC Milan and also help the club to secure the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana title twice each. During his time in the EPL, Manchester City won the Premier League and FA Community Shield in 2012. The club also archived the FA Cup in 2011. While coaching the Turkish side Galatasaray, he won the domestic cup in 2013-14 season.
While coaching AC Milan, Mancini received the Panchina d’Oro in 2008. During his time at Liverpool, he became the Premier League Manager of the month twice. Italian Football Federation inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2015 for his remarkable contribution to football.
9. Jürgen Klopp
German manager Jürgen Klopp spent 15 seasons coaching in the Bundesliga before moving to the English side Liverpool in 2015. Under his supervision and guidance players like Mohammed Salah, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino came into prominence in Liverpool FC. He is the longest serving coach of Borussia Dortmund. After his brief career with Mainz 05 as a footballer, he started his career as a manager with the club.
Under his guidance, Mainz 05 archived promotion to the Bundesliga in 2003-04 season. He archived two Bundesliga tiles consecutively in 2011 and then 2012 with Borussia Dortmund. He held the DFB Pokal trophy with Dortmund in 2012. Klopp help the squad to win the DFL- Super up twice consecutively in 2013 and 2014. He won the Champions League in 2019 and Supercup with Liverpool. Again under his guidance Liverpool are the current champions of the English Premier League.
For his amazing success with Bundesliga side Dortmund, Klopp received the German Football Manager of the year award twice consecutively. He also won the English Premier League Manager of the Month award in September 2016.
8. Manuel Pellegrini
Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini is at the number 8 spot of the most successful football managers list. After his amazing success with Villarreal, Real Madrid appointed him as their manager in 2009. Under his coaching, Los Blancos made 96 points in the La liga that season. He moved to Manchester City in 2013. After his successful time there, he moved to Hebei China in 2016.
During his time at River Plates, he won the Argentina Primera División in 2003. He then moved to La liga and made Villarreal the UEFA Intertoto Cup Champion in 2004. With Manchester City, Pellegrini became the Premier League winner once and Football League Cup Champion twice.
Manuel Pellegrini received the Miguel Muñoz Trophy for being the best football manager in the world in 2008. He received the Gold Shield from the Málaga Provincial Council for his spectacular coaching stint with the Málaga club. He received Premier League Manager of the Month four times.
7. Antonio Conte
Italian coach Conte is at the number 7 in the list of the successful football managers of all time. He is usually called the league specialist due to his amazing performance when it comes to League games. He earned praises from football pundits for implementing the 3-5-2 formation in the Juventus squad of 2011. After his success in many clubs, he currently managed the Italian side Inter Milan since 2019.
With Italian club FC Bari 1908, he won the Serie B in the 2008-09 season. He then managed the Juventus squad and won Serie A title thrice from 2012 to 2014. He also help the club to win the Supercoppa Italiana twice. He also won the English Premier League trophy while he was coaching Chelsea FC in the 2016-17 season.
He won the Panchina d’Oro thrice and Panchina d’Argento once. He also won the Manager of the Year award at London Football Awards in 2017.
6. Giovanni Trapattoni
He is wide regarded as the most successful Serie A couch. Nicknamed the “Trap”, Trapattoni is noted for being one the only five coaches to win the league titles in four different European countries. He is the only manager besides Udo Lattek to win all the three main European club competitions including UCL. He coached the Italian national team and also other elite clubs like AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus and Bayern Munich.
With Juvetus, he won the Serie A title a record 6 times and the Coppa Italia twice. With Inter Milan, he won the Serie A and Supercoppa Italiana in 1989, and UCL in 1991. Under his management, Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal in 1997and 1998. With Benfica, he won the Primera Liga in 2007. His international success came with the Republic of Ireland in 2011 Nations Cup.
He won Seminatore d’Oro twice and the Premio l’Allenatore Dei Sogni and Panchina d’Oro once each. He also received European Football Couch of the Year award twice. He won the European Coach of the Season award twice during his time in the Serie A. Italian Football Federation inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2012. AC Milan Milan also inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2015.
5. Pep Guardiola
Spanish coach Pep currently manages Manchester City and hold the fifth spot of the most successful football managers of all time list. As an interesting fact, football magician came into the lame light under Pep’s guidance. After his amazing time with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, he has been managing the Cityzens since 2016.
With Barcelona, he won the Spanish La Liga thrice and Coppa del Rey twice. He also archived the UEFA Champions League and Super Cup twice each. He also won the FIFA Club World Cup in 2009 and 2011, with Barcelona. With Bayern Munich, he won the Bundesliga thrice and DFB-Pokal twice. The club also won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club trophy under his couching in 2013. With Manchester City, he held the Premier League trophy and EFL in 2017/2018 season.
Pep received the Premier League Manager of the Month award five as of 2018. He also won the La Liga coach of the Year four time while he was with Barca. He received the Don Balon Award twice and the Onze d’Oro Coach of the Year award thrice. He also won both FIFA World Coach of the Year in 2011.
4. Arsène Wenger
Arsène Wenger, highly regarded as one of the best EPL coaches, holds the fourth position. After spending 22 years coaching Arsenal, he recently announced his wish to step down in April 2018. Nicknamed “Le Professeur”, Wenger revolutionized the training and diet system of English football players since the 1990’s. Besides spending almost all his time with Gunners, he also spent sometime with other clubs like Monaco and Nancy.
With AS Monaco, he won the French Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France in 1988 and 1991 respectively. At Arsenal, he won the English Premier League thrice, in 1998,2002 and 2004. Under his guidance, the Gunners won the FA Community Shield and the FA Cup seven times as of 2018.
He received the Premier League Manager of the Season thrice. He won the Onze d’Oro Coach of the Year award four times and LMA Manager of the Year in 1998 and the FWA Tribute Award in 2005. IFFHS named him as the World Coach of the Decade 2000s. English Football Federation inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2006.
3. Jose Mourinho
After a brief career in professional football, Mourinho started his coaching journey as an assistant manager of Porto in 1994. Since then, he managed several elite clubs like Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United . He is currently at Tottenham. As an interesting fact he archived at least one trophy each year between 2003 and 2012.
With Chelsea, he won the English Premier League and Football League Cup thrice each. With Inter Milan, he won the Serie A thrice and the UEFA Champions League in 2010. With Real Madrid, he won the La Liga and Supercopa de Espanã in 2012 and also won the Copa dey Rey in 2011. With Manchester United as of 2018, he won the FA Community Shield in 2016 and also won the UEFA Europa League and EFL Cup in 2017.
Portuguese Football Federation named him as the Portuguese Coach of the Century in 2015. He became the IFFHS World’s Best Club Coach four times and the FIFA World Coach of Year once. He also became the EPL Coach of the Season in three occasions. He won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach award in 2005. European Federation include him on their 10 Greatest Coaches of the UEFA era ranking. At the Onze d’Oro ceremony in 2005, he won the Coach of the Year award.
2. Carlo Ancelotti
Widely noted for his time with the Serie A club AC Milan, Ancelotti earns the second spot in the list of the most successful football managers of all time. He managed several great clubs like AC Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus and so on.
With Juvetus, he won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1999. With AC Milan, he archived the UEFA Champions League twice, the Serie A and Coppa Italia once each. He also held the FIFA Club World Cup the Italian club in 2007. With Chelsea, Ancelotti won the English Premier League and FA Cup in 2009-10 season. He guided Real Madrid to win the UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup in 2014. With Bayern Munich, he won the Bundesliga in 2017.
He received the Serie A Coach of the Year award and Panchina d’Oro twice each. Ancelotti received the Best Coach of Year award and Best Media Attraction in Football award at the Globe Soccer Awards in 2014. Italian Football board inducted him into the Football Hall of Fame in 2015. AC Milan and AS Roma also inducted him into the club Hall of Fame.
1. Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson the greatest football manager of all time. He came into prominence while managing the Scottish national team in 1985. After this, he joined the English Premier League side Manchester United in November 1986. He managed the Red Devil for 26 years and proved himself as the greatest and the Best football manager of all time. Some great players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney natured by him.
With Manchester United, he won 38 domestic and international trophies between 1986 and 2012. He guided his squad to hold the English Premier League title a record 13 times. Under his guidance, the club won two UEFA Champions League titles and 5 FA Cup titles. Ferguson also help Manchester United to win 10 FA Community Shield and 4 League Cup. He won the FIFA Club World Cup with the Red Devils in 2008.
He received the knighthood at the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1999 for his contribution to football. Ferguson won the Premier League Manager of the Month award 27 times and became Premier League Manager of the Season 11 times. IFFHS named him as the Sports Personality of the Year in 2001. Without any doubt , Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest football manager of all time.
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