Top 10 Best Club Football Managers of All-Time

Top 10 Best Club Football Managers of All-Time

From the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson to Pep Guardiola, the best managers seem to leave an indelible impact on the culture of their clubs.

Let’s take a look at the top 10 best managers of all-time.

10. Arsene Wenger (Monaco, Arsenal)

The classy Frenchman Arsene Wenger coached Arsenal for over two decades, becoming the most successful coach in the club’s history while establishing unprecedented best practices for dieting, training, and scouting.

His 2003/04 side remain the only Premier League team ever to go unbeaten all season.

Despite missing out on a Champions League title, his trophy vault includes two French league trophies, three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.

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9. Jurgen Klopp (Mainz 05, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool)

One of the most enthusiastic coaches in the world, Jürgen Klopp’s passion is infectious. The German coach has also earned his fair share of successes over the years managing the sides Mainz 05, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.

Klopp’s ‘heavy metal’ football has pushed his teams to collect the following major trophies: two Bundesliga titles followed by the 2018/19 Champions League. He also finished as runner-up in the Champions League with BVB and Liverpool.

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8. Zinedine Zidane

With a win rate of 70%, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane makes the list for his remarkable achievement of winning the Champions League three years in a row.

He joins the list of only three managers to have won the Champions League trophy three times and also holds one La Liga title.

7. Carlo Ancelotti (Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich)

The legendary Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti has won a breadth of titles across the Serie A, La Liga, and the Premier League. He’s also one of three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League three times.

His trophy haul also includes major titles such as a Serie A championship, one Premier League, one Ligue 1 title, and one Bundesliga.

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6. Pep Guardiola (Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City)

With stunning success across clubs FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City, Josep “Pep” Guardiola is undoubtedly one of the best managers of all-time.

Since beginning his coaching career with the Blaugrana in 2008, the Spaniard has maintained a 72.5% win rate with major titles including three La Liga championships, three Bundesliga titles, two Premier League titles, and two Champions League titles.

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5. Jose Mourinho (Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Tottenham)

Nicknamed ‘the Special One,’ José Mourinho is widely regarded as one of the best football managers in the world. He’s won a load of silverware in all the teams he’s coached across Portugal, England, Italy, and Spain.

Major titles include two Primeira Liga championship, three Premier League titles, two Serie A league trophies, a La Liga, two UEFA Cup/Europa League, and two Champions League trophies.

With A 65% win percentage, Mourino is currently looking to deliver trophies for Tottenham Hotspur.

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4. Johan Cruyff (Ajax, Barcelona)

Quite possibly one of the most seminal figures in world football for the impact he had as a player and coach — he started Barcelona’s renowned La Masia academy — Cryuff enjoyed a 61% win percentage.

His most notable titles as boss include four La Liga championship, two UEFA Cup Winners Cup, and a European Cup.

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3. Bob Paisley (Liverpool)

Widely regarded as one of the best managers of all-time (19 trophies in 17 years), Bob Paisley coached Liverpool to three European championships, six English League titles, and three League Cups. The quiet genius took over for Bill Shankly in 1974 and took the Reds to even further success.

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2. Rinus Michels (Ajax, FC Barcelona, Netherlands)

The originator of ‘Total Football,’ Rinus Michels won a slew of trophies across the top European football leagues.

His silverware includes four Dutch championships, one La Liga, one European Cup, and one UEFA European Championship.

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1. Sir Alex Ferguson (Aberdeen, Manchester United)

With a win percentage of 58.1% that includes three Scottish Premier League titles, 13 English Premier League trophies, 2 European Cup Winners Cup, and two UEFA Champions League titles, Sir Alex Ferguson makes the top spot on this list. An absolute legend.

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