1- SIR ALEX FERGUSON
Sir Alex must surely be at the top of most people’s list as one of the greatest football managers of all time. As far as trophies go, he’s definitely the most successful. In his 27 years with Man United, he saw them pick up 38 trophies. Such was the magnitude of his success, he now has a stand named after him.
2- BRIAN CLOUGH
It takes a special kind of manager to lead a team to promotion to the top tier of the English league and win the title the following season. Clough did just that. If that wasn’t enough, he also led them to two consecutive European Cups in 1979 and 1980. He was a bit of a marmite character in the footballing world, famed for saying exactly what he thought and not holding back.
3- JOHANN CRUYFF
The creator of Barcelona’s “Dream Team” and inaugurated the now famous La Masia academy. With the help of world-class legends such as Ronald Koeman and Romario, Cruyff inspired the Catalans to their first ever European Cup in 1992 at Wembley.
4- VICENTE DEL BOSQUE
The man who steered Real Madrid to Champions League victory in 2000 and 2002. He then proved himself one of the greats football managers at international level by winning the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 at the reins of Spain, his home nation. A very clever tactical manager and another true legend of the game.
5- HELENIO HERRERA
Nicknamed ‘The Wizard’, Herrera revived Inter Milan after an entire decade without silverware. His innovative tactics, which were comfortably ahead of their time, led the San Siro-based side to the European Cup in 1964 and 1965.
Furthermore, his illustrious managerial career also led him to La Liga titles with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
6- UDO LATTEK
Unquestionably, the most successful manager that German football has seen. He mentored Bayern Munich to no less than three European Cups and six Bundesliga titles. A great organiser of players and manager. He had tremendous success with Borussia Monchengladbach working with legends such as Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller.
7- VALERIY LOBANOVSKIY
The most decorated manager in the ex-Soviet Union by some way is Valeriy Lobanovskiy. He helped build Dynamo Kiev and propelled Dynamo Kiev to an indomitable footballing force. He won 13 league titles with Kiev and saw the USSR to a European Championship final in 1988, he also nurtured three Ballon d’Or winners.
8- RINUS MICHELS
Once voted “Manager of the Century”. He was the inventor of ‘total football’ and kick started Ajax’s golden era in the 1970s. He reached both a World Cup final and enjoyed European success with his native Netherlands team.
9- JOSE MOURINHO
The only man on the list still managing today proves the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ and current Manchester United manager. It was with FC Porto and an unlikely Champions League victory that Mourinho first burst onto the stage though. Since then, the 53-year-old has won 16 trophies across spells with Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
10- ARRIGO SACCHI
He was for many a surprise selection for the AC Milan job, but it turned out to be a very shrewd one.Looked on as a surprise selection when the Italian first joined AC Milan, Sacchi soon proved his doubters wrong. He attempted to change the very nature of football in Italy and won two European Cups. In addition, he was one Roberto Baggio penalty away from potential steering Italy to the World Cup.