The 50 greatest managers of all time

Mario Zagallo

Mario Zagallo is one of only two Brazilian coaches to have won a World Cup, a Copa America and a Confederations Cup

40. Aime Jacquet

Points 990
Nationality French

A year before the 1998 World Cup, as France finished last in the four-team Tournoi, the Parc des Princes crowd chanted ‘Resign!’

Jacquet, however, responded in the only way he knew: with resolve.

“Even in the most difficult moments when he was attacked by the media,” Dider Deschamps explained, “he never budged an inch, avoiding controversy in order to better protect his squad.”

A former defensive midfielder with St Etienne, Jacquet’s successes were all underpinned by organisation and order. By the end of France 98, his team had won the World Cup with the best defensive record in the competition’s history. Before that, it had helped him bring about Bordeaux’s best ever spell with three titles in a decade.

Not that Jacquet was as coldly clinical as portrayed. “I don’t think you can overcome your opponents by tactics alone,” he once said. “You also need passion and match-winning individuals.”

According to Bernard Lacombe, he was also the first coach in France to play two forwards down the middle – displaying an under-reported sense of adventure. And he certainly went on the attack that night in Paris in ’98.

Career Lyon 1976-80; Bordeaux 1980-89; Montpellier 1989-90; Nancy 1990-91; France 1993-98
Trophies 1 World Cup; 3 French titles; 2 French cups


39. Rafa Benitez

Points 995
Nationality Spanish

His net spend, it seems, will forever be debated. As will his exact use of zonal marking and the word ‘facts’.

But his effectiveness should never be. Before Benitez’s spell at Liverpool, he had already created a lasting legacy in Spain.

After initial teething problems at Valladolid and Osasuna, he then secured promotions for both Extremadura and Tenerife. At Valencia then, he broke the Clasico domination of La Liga better than any manager since the early ’80s with two titles in three years. And while it’s true that the core of that team had reached two successive Champions League finals before he took over, their league record had been poor. Benitez improved Valencia’s average position from sixth to first.

At Anfield, it was the opposite. He never did win that craved-for league title but at least ended a 21-year wait for the European Cup. Although that 2005 side may have been among the worst to lift the Champions League, that only adds to Benitez’s achievement.

It shouldn’t be forgotten, either, that that season also consolidated the idea of a ‘big four’. By 2008-09, Benitez had got Liverpool closer to the title than any other coach in 20 years. That blistering title race, however, also exposed the flaws that would ultimately undermine Benitez: a tendency to get too involved in personality clashes (both in and out of Anfield) as well as too dogmatically adhere to his own ideologies. His next choice of job proved this, as he mistakenly tried to follow his old rival Jose Mourinho at Inter.

Underneath it all, however, remains an astute football mind. Benitez may be far from a perfect manager. But he is a productive one.

Career Real Valladolid 1996-97; Osasuna 1996-97; Extremadura 1997-99; Tenerife 2000-01; Valencia 2001-04; Liverpool 2004-10; Inter 2010
Trophies 1 Champions League; 1 Uefa Cup; 2 Spanish titles; 1 FA Cup; 1 Spanish second division


38. Arrigo Sacchi

Points 1000
Nationality Italian

Marco van Basten wasn’t convinced. So Sacchi set about definitively changing his mind.

With Milan’s Dutch players initially put out by the new manager’s rigorous game plans in 1987, Sacchi illustrated their importance in the clearest manner possible. He challenged 10 unorganised Milan attackers to attempt to score against his uncompromisingly organised defence in a 15-minute period. They couldn’t.

Of course, “convincing” was also what Sacchi was all about. When Van Basten later asked him why they had to win in such a manner, the manager produced a France Football list of the most memorable teams in history. “I wanted to give 90 minutes of joy to people.”

And there can be little doubt that Arrigo Sacchi was one of the most innovative and influential managers of all time. His exact style of pressing game initiated a tactical quantum leap in football. To a degree, its effect also made Serie A the dominant league of the 90s.

“The morning after we beat Steaua Bucharest 4-0 [in the 1989 European Cup final] I woke up with a feeling I had never experienced before… I realised it was the apotheosis of my life’s work.”

The only problem was that such a peak was impossible to reach again. And even the momentum was difficult to maintain.
It’s often forgotten that, like Nottingham Forest the club, Sacchi has more European Cups than league titles. By 1991, after a fourth season without the Scudetto, the players were already complaining about the exhausting, repetitive training sessions.
When he took over the national team, such was the defensive understanding that Sacchi’s approach required that Franco Baresi realised he and the backline would have to forsake a day off to keep their level of integration. And, still, his Italy were unconvincing. Roberto Baggio dragged them to a World Cup final before they went out in the first round of Euro 96.

His meticulous approach was clearly ill-suited to the intermittent nature of international football. But, by the mid-90s, it was also ill-suited to club football. After a moderate spell at Atletico Madrid, Sacchi only spent 23 days at Parma, realising he couldn’t recreate the glory of the ’80s when he lifted them to Serie B.

Sacchi was brilliant. But his exact methods ensured that was all too briefly.

Career Parma 1985-87; Milan 1987-91; Italy 1991-96; Milan 1996-97; Atletico Madrid 1998-99; Parma 2001
Trophies 2 European Cups; 1 Serie A; 1 Serie C


37. Osvaldo Zubeldia

Points 1005
Nationality Argentine

“Osvaldo would look at the law, and he would stand right there on the border of it.”

Those were the words of Antonio Rattin, the man that prompted Alf Ramsey’s infamous call of “animals” after Argentina’s defeat to England in the 1966 quarter-finals.

But it’s fair to say that Zubeldia’s teams lived up to the term much better. The most evocative images from their run of three successive Copa Libertadores between 1968 and 1970 aren’t goals or moments of glory but Nobby Stiles getting headbutted and Nestor Combin having his nose broken in the Intercontinental Cup finals. Hardly surprisingly, it was during this period that the term ‘anti-football’ was coined.

And, worse, Zubeldia’s teams often went beyond the physical. In one game against Independiente, there was one opposition player who had accidentally killed a friend on a hunting trip. The Estudiantes players hounded him for most of the game, chanting “murderer”.

As Juan Ramon Veron admitted, “we tried to find out everything possible about our rivals… so we could goad them on the field”.

But it wasn’t all a history of violence. Like most of the very best managers – and particularly those who worked wonders with smaller teams – Zubeldia left as little to chance as possible.

“All the possibilities afforded by the game were foreseen and practised,” midfielder Carlos Bilardo said. “The corners, the free-kicks, throw-ins were used to our best advantage.”

Indeed, were it not for their drastically different attitudes to discipline, Zubeldia could even be described as an Argentine Brian Clough. He first took little Atlanta to unforeseen heights before ensuring that Estudiantes became the first club from outside Buenos Aires to win the national title. They followed that with the Copa Libertadores’ first three-in-a-row.

The only real failure was with the national team in 1965. But while that might have been explained by the little time he had with them, it was excused by his subsequent successes at San Lorenzo and Atletico Nacional in Colombia.

Zubeldia may have broke the rules. But he also broke the mould.

Career Atlanta 1961-63; Argentina 1965; Estudiantes 1965-70; San Lorenzo 1974; Racing 1975; Atletico Nacional 1976-81
Trophies 3 Copa Libertadores; 4 domestic titles (2 Argentina, 2 Colombia)


36. Luis Alberto Cubilla

Points 1015
Nationality Uruguayan

Not only did Cubilla win an unprecedented two Copa Libertadores with a Paraguayan club, he claimed them across two separate spells.

In reality, frequent returns to Olimpia where a characteristic of Cubilla’s managerial career. The abilities he illustrated in that first brilliant spell of international success in 1979-80 got him a series of more illustrious jobs. But, other than at Penarol – for whom he had won the Copa Libertadores as a player under Scarone – he never replicated that success. As such, he made his way back to Olimpia four times. But he won a major trophy on three of them.

Just like his suit – Cubilla infamously never wore socks despite an otherwise pristine appearance – his CV was far from complete. But it was still very convincing.

Career Olimpia 1979-80; Newell’s Old Boys 1980; Penarol 1981; Olimpia 1982; Atletico Nacional 1983; River Plate 1984; Olimpia 1988-93; Racing 1994; Olimpia 1995-2002; Talleres 2003; Comunicaciones 2005; Barcelona SC 2007; Colegio 2009; Olimpia 2010
Trophies 2 Copa Libertadores; 2 Recopa Sudamericanas; 9 domestic titles (8 Paraguay, 1 Uruguay)


35. Herbert Chapman

Points 1020
Nationality English

When Herbert Chapman took his very first job as ‘manager’ of Northampton in 1907, the very title itself seemed a misnomer.
“No attempt was made to organise victory,” Chapman would say. “The most that I remember was the occasional chat between, say, two men playing on the same wing.”

On watching his side lose to Norwich City despite dominating, then, Chapman noted that “a team can attack for too long”.
His exact response to that, ordering his team to drop back when they didn’t have the ball, was one of a number of ways in which Chapman proclaimed himself a football pioneer. He initiated a number of innovations which may seem elementary parts of football now but were utterly revolutionary at the time: a tactical framework, team talks, control over signings, man-marking and – ultimately – the W-M formation. Confirming the fact he was ahead of his time, Chapman realised the effects a change to the offside law would have in 1925 and adjusted accordingly.

As Jonathan Wilson writes in Inverting the Pyramid, Chapman “was – at least in Britain – the first modern manager”.

And, predictably, such trump cards translated to success. Having won the Southern League title with Northampton – and then been briefly suspended for refusing to hand over Leeds City’s accounts – Chapman won two titles and an FA Cup for each of Huddersfield and Arsenal.

“Trophies and modernisation tumbled on together,” Wilson wrote, “the one seeming to inspire the other.”

The irony, however, is that Chapman abhorred the results-based pursuit the sport had become in professionalism.

“It is no longer necessary for a team to play well. They must get goals, no matter how, and the points. The measure of their skill is, in fact, judged by their position in the league table.

But, typically, no-one understood that at that time as deeply as Chapman. Such was his meticulousness, that he would surely have adjusted to the demands of any era.

Career Northampton Town 1907-1912; Leeds City 1912-18; Huddersfield 1921-25; Arsenal 1925-34
Trophies 4 English titles; 2 FA Cups; 1 Southern League title


34. Don Revie

Points 1025
Nationality English

Much as Don Revie has recently been painted as the arch-villain in Brian Clough’s great odyssey, it’s often forgotten how much his major career job mirrored the latter’s on a grander scale.

On taking over Leeds United in 1961, Revie immediately saved them from relegation to the third division and very quickly took them to the first. Within months, they were challenging for the title and reaching the FA Cup final. Within a few years, they were winning both.

And Revie did all that by proving a ’60s version of Chapman. As the Guardian wrote, he was a manager well ahead of his time. “He was a confidant to his players, psychologist, social secretary, kit designer, commercial manager and all-encompassing boss. In an era when pre-match preparation consisted of a 10-minute chat before a game, Revie was a revolutionary. Not until Arsene Wenger was appointed Arsenal boss in 1996 would a manager exert such a profound influence on the English game as a whole.”

“His training ideas were ahead of their time,” Peter Lorimer said. “None of the England internationals were doing the things we were.”

More notoriously, Revie also espoused up the win-at-all-costs approach that had become so prevalent at Argentina. To beat Leeds you knew you had to literally battle. Even that could be explained away, however, as another sign of Revie’s progressive approach.

Billy Bremner, perhaps predictably, argued that “what was called cynical in this country was called professional when the Italians played it”.

That pragmatism partly explains why Revie isn’t as fondly remember as the other great club-builders of the time like Matt Busby, Bill Shankly and Jock Stein.

But it’s not the only reason. Ultimately, Leeds became more accustomed to second-place than success. They were runners-up much more often than they were champions, across all competitions. And that was borne out on the greatest stage. Unlike Manchester United, Liverpool and Celtic, Leeds never won the European Cup.

Part of that may have been explained by the fact Revie lacked one main modern trapping: he didn’t have a big enough squad to cope with so many competitions.

But that argument isn’t helped by his subsequent failure with England. Revie’s career ultimately ended amidst allegations of corruption and greed.

But he had at least given Leeds an awful lot more.

Career Leeds United 1961-74; England 1974-77; UAE 1977-80; Al-Nassr 1980-84; Al-Ahly 1984-85
Trophies 2 Fairs Cups; 2 English titles; 1 FA Cup; 1 League Cup


33. Stefan Kovacs

Points 1030
Nationality Romanian

Much as a manager’s successes are often qualified by the fact he merely took over an already winning team, one of the biggest challenges in football can be deciding whether to make any changes to another man’s champions. Few will have felt that as keenly as Kovacs.

In the summer of 1971, he walked into one of the most complete club structures the game has seen. As stated elsewhere on this site, Total Football didn’t just apply to the philosophy at Ajax.

But, at that point, its spiritual father Rinus Michels had departed. And, worse, Kovacs wasn’t picked on the strength of his Steaua career – where he had won a league title and three cups in four years. He was chosen because he was the cheapest on a shortlist of a 15. Indeed, so assured was he that he would fail, he bought a return ticket from Bucharest.

The tests came straight away. In his first training session, a ball was pelted towards his knees. But, in one movement, he controlled it and played it back. That was passed. As were many others.

Because, counter-intuitively, Ajax went to the next level. In his first season, they won every competition they entered to claim a treble. In his second, they produced a ludicrously complete European Cup final win over Juventus.

There were two views to this. Velibor Vasovic argued the first.

“Kovacs had nothing to do with it. He simply took over a very good team, the champions of Europe, and let them continue the way they had been playing.”

But Johan Cruyff countered.

“The results show that Kovacs was not wrong. Our team was ready to take part in making decisions.”

In other worse, Kovacs had the subtle intelligence to entrust a gifted group of players.

Whatever the truth – which is likely somewhere in the middle – that period represented a unique peak in Kovac’s career too. His time after Ajax mirrored his time before it: respectability as opposed to resounding achievements.

Career Universitatea Cluj 1953-62; Steaua Bucharest 1967-71; Ajax 1971-73; France 1973-75; Romania 1976-79, 1980; Panathinaikos 1981-83; Monaco 1986-87
Trophies 2 European Cups; 3 domestic titles (2 Holland, 1 Romania); 4 domestic cups


32. Pep Guardiola

Points 1045
Nationality Spanish

Should Pep Guardiola even be in such a list so soon? Or should he be even higher? The fact many will legitimately ask one of these two questions perhaps proves that it’s still a touch too early to make definitive proclamations about Guardiola’s ability as a manager.

Certainly, when looked at in a broader historical context, Guardiola hasn’t exactly done a Brian Clough. Superficially at least, he’s only taken Frank Rijkaard’s core of continent-beaters to the next level. In the three years before he took over, after all, Barca had won two titles and a Champions League compared to three titles and two Champions League during his own three years so far.

It’s when you look a bit deeper, however, that you realise the drastic difference Guardiola has actually had. It’s not just the trophy count. It’s also the almost total domination of every competition, individual game and even area of the match. Guardiola combines brilliant man-management, meticulous preparation, an astute tactical mind and utter thoroughness with plain old hard work. As Xavi explained, “Pep was right on top of everything like a hawk.”

Because, famously, this Barcelona’s approach is a product of the fact that Guardiola is an absolutely perfect fit for the club. Having been a young Catalan who came through the club’s academy, he has an innate understanding of how to fully implement and enhance its approach.

But, as brilliant as that has all been, it still leaves open the question of just how good Guardiola himself would be in a different environment.

Until he at least prolongs this cycle for an extended period – like Bob Paisley did at Liverpool – or repeats his records elsewhere, he can’t quite be afforded the unqualified praise his team receive yet.

But that’s not to say he won’t get it eventually. Another European Cup and another two years of total dominance and it would be very hard to argue otherwise.

Career Barcelona 2008-
Trophies 2 Champions Leagues; 3 Spanish titles; 1 Spanish cup


31. Mario Zagallo

Points 1035
Nationality Brazilian

Sometimes, as Johan Cruyff once argued, the most revolutionary thing to do is the simplest. After enduring Joao Saldanha’s ludicrous attempts to overcomplicate Brazil’s build-up to the 1970 World Cup – as well as threatening to drop Pele – Zagallo realised the need to stand back and take stock on assuming the senior job.

Facilitating a formation designed to “let great, intelligent players play”, that’s exactly what Brazil did. Zagallo presided over a peak point in football history.

But, like many of the very best managers, he also proved he could translate his ability across time and place. Twenty years later, he guided lowly UAE to their only ever World Cup; 28 years later he almost delivered another title for Brazil. Although that failure in France will always be remembered for Ronaldo’s breakdown, it should be remembered how brilliant Brazil were in the two-year build-up to the final. Other than Parreira, Zagallo is the only Brazilian coach to have won a World Cup, a Copa America and a Confederations Cup.

Such highs can still not hide a number of imperfections in Zagallo’s CV. And, in a CV as long as that, there were a few. More brilliant feats at Botafogo were offset by failures at the likes of Flamengo and Vasco da Gama. For all the fantasy of 1970, too, it didn’t prevent a later reputation for overly defensive football. But nor did that prevent a statue of Zagallo eventually being erected at the Maracana.

Career Botafogo 1966-70; Brazil 1967-68, 1970-74; Fluminense 1971-72; Flamengo 1972-74; Botafogo 1975; Kuwait 1976-78; Botafogo 1978-79; Al Hilal 1978-79; Vasco da Gama 1980-81; Saudi Arabia 1981-84; Flamengo 1984-85; Botafogo 1986-87; Bangu 1988-89; UAE 1989-90; Vasco da Gama 1990-91; Brazil 1994-98; Portuguesa 1999-2000; Flamengo 2000-01
Trophies 1 World Cup; 1 Copa America; 1 Confederations Cup; 1 Brazilian championship; 4 State Championships; 1 Saudi Arabian league; 1 Brazil Cup



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What a biased piece on Ferguson ha ha ha ha ha everyone knows he DIDN'T and NEVER WILL match Paisley's trophies per season record and that's why he is such a bitter loser.  He will never beat LFC :-)


The thing most people ignore (or forget) about Fergie's European record is that the illegality of the Champions League rules in the 1990s weakened his United team. UEFA only allowed 2 foreign players per match day squad so he had to chose two out of Keane, Irwin, Cantona, Schmeichel, Kanchelskis to mention 5. This in turn did strenghten United in the future because the Nevilles, Beckham, Scholes, et al were thrown into European games because they had to.


As per my previous post assertion, Fergie is definitely not the Greatest!


A fair assessment of Fergie's Football Manager's Abilities is to gauge his success rate against his European/International Counterparts .


Fergie's success domestically comes from the fact that he is at the richest club dominating the PL to wit rapaciously raiding & weakening his domestic rivals  of its Marquee players (Rio, Rooney, Carrick, RVP et al).

Fergie is also well known for his legendary abuses & rants  of FA officials (Fined & disciplined for his recalcitrant behaviour)  to wit his 

Sending Off (MU players being sent off) or Penalties conceded or awarded in favour of MU.


Take away his domestic titles, ceteris paribus,

Fergie managerial record is not better than the likes of Dettmar Cramer,  Heynckes, Carlo Ancelotti, Hitzfeld, Brian Clough, Arrigo Sacchi, Happel, Herrera et al.


Its 2 years since this thread was posted & updated by the Author.


As the 'Devil's Advocate' one has to scrutinize or validates the assertions herein.

The last 2 seasons Fergie was Poor in European Campaigns.

Fergie's MU team was dumped out of the Minnows group & got KO by a real CL team this season.


In 26 YEARS  of LONGEVITY and at the Richest Club in PL History Fergie's European record is poor. Fergie  lacked EUROBILITY.


2 EC/CL titles when you compared to the likes of Pep (2 Titles in 4 yrs) , Paisley (3 in 9 yrs)  and more than 10 Great Managers (2 CL titles <20 years).


Fergie's record is equivalent to a striker having 2 goals in 26 Appearances. That's unacceptable based on his 26 years of longevity @ the richest club


All the domestic league titles or Honours?  

The Lion share of it is  expected from any manager @ the richest club of any League to wit

Old Firm in SPL,

Milan in Serie A,

RM/Barca in la liga or

MU in PL


Besides EUROBILITY  What's also important is tactical nous &  head to head results against his PEERS.


To wit in recent 11vs11 matches, MU team were beaten or humiliated by the likes of RM's City or RB Chelsea.


Don't Mistake Longevity for Talent or Greatness!






jelous twats 47 trophies and has beat cancer 5 times the closest i know to that is 26 fuck u all


Enjoyed the list, although I do think Rinus Michels is still the best of all time and deserves a much higher spot.


How can Carlos Bilardo a world cup winner in 1986 and a world cup runner up in 1990 be in 50th place while Alex Ferguson who never won a world cup match is 1st 


Ferguson does not know how to beat messi so he is shit


where is Tele Santana, Frens Bekkenbaur?!


* he make revolution (sorry, my english so bad)


I think R.michels is 1 st without no doubt, he's revolution in football,  he/s genius, 


2 nd Heleno Herrera, he's 1 st coach began playing countar attack in football


3rd Pep Guardiola


Vanderlei Luxemburgo? He won 5 Brazilian Serie A's, 13 Brazilian state championships, a Copa America, a Brazilian Serie B and a Brazilian Cup?


What about George Ramsay? 6 league and 6 FA cups alone should put him in the 20's. I imagine it would be hard to come up with figures for points 2 and 3 from your "how it works" page but surely he deserves a mention at least. Herbert Chapman gets in with 4 league and 2 FA and he was operating at the same time.

James Hutchfull
James Hutchfull

Understood, hence my comment! What lists are coming up?

Football Pantheon
Football Pantheon

It's only an opening for discussion/debate lads, not definitive!




Mate are u joking about mourinho!?!? Porto FC had 10 Portugal international players in that 2004 CL final lineup! If he was truly great he would of won Portugal La liga with Uniao de Leira. At chelsea, he squandered no less than 500million pounds in those 3.5 years and the only result he could manage was 2 EPL titles. Ferguson/Wenger did way better than him with half as much money spent on transfers, not only that they built several different sides throughout the decade. Mourinho could never produce his own players maintain longetivity. At Inter, his only main competitor was AS ROMA coz Juventus got relegated n AC Milan/Fiorentina/Lazio started off minus points in serie A table... wonder why he left Inter so soon? maybe coz he wasnt so great building sides other than given large transfer money to buy his way to a title or two. Inter Milan could never offer the kinda money RM offer him and yes he still sux coz he has the most expensive team in the world at RM but still cant manage to win Barcelona! His career stats against Barcelona stands 4W/6D/10L for a winning percantage of 20%, u wanna call that special?? Not so special if u sum it up all the money he has spent in those 4 clubs hes been at! Winning 2 CL is a achievement but at what kinda cost!? Hitzfield did it wit Dortmund and Bayern at the pinnacle of the world game in the mid-late 90s when Italian league was the benchmark of world football. But Mourinho had such a great side (10 of his porto players played for Portugal at Euro 04) people who has a brain can tell u that Mourinho isnt so great or innovative at what he does. He uses the same players same tactics over n over again and yes he can win all the crap teams but when it comes to the real deal, he stands in their shadow n the only excuses for those losses is OH REF CHEATED!


Definitely the best of your lists so far. One big debate is how a man as successful as Fergie can still be so denigrated. His comparative lack of tactical acumen may have been a barrier towards Man Utd creating a true European dynasty (well that and Messi's influence at Barcelona), but I cannot think of many other figures who would last a quarter of a century in such a top job. (Particularly interesting to compare his career with his good friend and fellow 'New Firm' boss, Jim McLean, who slowly drove himself insane with his commitment to the job.) Of course he has it easier than most in acquiring good players, but he has rarely bought already-established stars and there are countless examples of lesser figures struggling to control six-figure egos, let alone for so long.

Interesting to see you rate Ottmar Hitzfeld so highly. Even as a kid, seeing his name and face come up so often, I've long felt he's been underappreciated in Britain. Cloughie of course remains football's most enduring enigma. Taylor's name should always follow his though.

Hope something can be done to fix the difficulty international managers currently have on your system. Seeing as how everybody acknowledges the vital differences between the two jobs though, maybe it would be best to split club and country gaffers, as you've already done for teams.

Controversial opinion for this list - personally think Sacchi is a better self-publicist than a coach.


I really don't understand why vittorio pozzo never enters anyone's list this days we are talking about the greatest international managers and the inventor of the metodo system

Football Pantheon
Football Pantheon

It's certainly something we'd look into in the future. Also thinking of getting people to do well-argued rebuttals of our lists.

Derek Hopper
Derek Hopper

If you're looking for other writers I'd love to contribute something. I'm thinking a 10,000 word piece on the Ajax team of the early 70s.

Derek Hopper
Derek Hopper

My favourite manager-related story is when Shevchenko flew out to Kiev after he won the Champer's League and put his medal on the statue of Lobanovsky. Beautiful.


 @MUckcRAcKER That is the biggest pile of crap you've ever spoke. You mentioned Pep and Paisley, what they achieved don't get me wrong were great achievements no doubt, however, pep especially inherited what is looked at and is quite possibly the greatest team to have ever walked out onto a football pitch. Paisleys achievements were great too but that team was built by Shankley and already knew how to win. Sir Alex turned Man United from top 6 under achievers into the most decorated, hated and admired football team in british history and it was all his own work. And the stat of 2 in 26 being the equivalent to a striker scoring 2 in 26 is stupid, winning the champions league is the biggest achievement in club football and the fact Pep Guardiola done it twice in 4 years shouldn't be the benchmark as, as i said, the team he inherited is incredible more to the point built by another manager, Frank Riijkard.


 @surutusurutu He was briefly manager of Scotland but that wasn't his team. He was only there because of the death of Jock Stein, you can hardly hold that against him.


 @surutusurutu although ferguson hasnt won a world cup, but he has built so many dynasty over that 25 years period. The main factor which i think makes him stand out is the fact that when he joined Man Utd in 1987, Man Utd was nothing but a average joe in the 1st division. so it is magnificent achievement considering he built man utd reputation from "almost" scratch.


 @nismoz How stupid are you? Scolari only started two players from Mourinho's Porto team at the euro 2004 in the first match and they lost. Due to outcry from fans and the media, he placed most of Mourinho's players in the next match and they won comfortably. Please, learn your facts before you speak boy.

Coach Daniel
Coach Daniel

 @nismoz Your argument is not objective at all and is totally against the progress of the game.


@nismoz Mourinho made that Porto team from scratch with far more limited funds than he had at Chelsea. And you're being deliberately stupid to say he 'only' won two Premier League titles - he was only there for three years! And at Inter he didn't just win a weakened Serie A - he beat the side ranked 4th in FP's list of the greatest of all time and won their first European Cup in 45 years. And he'll probably win it again with Real Madrid this year.

So, he takes the big jobs. So what? Look at all the other men who fall short of his achievements with the same resources. No manager could win a major league title with a provincial club these days, not even Brian Clough. (Except perhaps in Germany.)

And finally, Mourinho has never created a dynasty, but he's not the only one on this list you can say that about. Some managers are dictators, some are wanderers. Some have been between the two. But it's not that important in evaluating their abilities.


 @cfc912 i think ur the real retarded one, the following players were well established internationals for portugal before Mourinho even joined Porto,  Vito Baia..Paulo Ferreira..Jorge Costa..Nuno Valente...Costinho..Pedro Mendes so where the fuk did u get "Mourinho created all these players into international players for portugal???" if u have no clue on the topic go n do some research before u open ur mouth again amateur!


 @Coach Daniel against the progress of the game? perhaps u shud explain urself in much more analytical details!??!


 @adamrhbrown  @nismoz look at him now,period,its easier to go to a team and stay there all your career,than to change teams and with every team splash it out and win everything!


@adamrhbrown@nismoz @adam brown, if u dont know what ur talkin about, do some research and see who were the players at Porto in season 2002-04. He inheritted most of the squad from the very beginning and Porto has always been a powerful in the early 2000s. if u have a brain there u would know EPL back in 2003-05 was by far easier to win than nowadays! Perhaps u have forgotten the only competitors back then was Man Utd and Arsenal where as now its teams like man city liverpool tottenham all have a fair crack at it. If Serie A without Juventus and AC Milan/Fiotenrina/Lazio all started off on minus points, common sence would prevail that the final standings on the seria A table would be affected?? Yes they beat Barcelona in 1st leg of the 2 leg semi final in 2010 CL, but whats his overall record against Barcelona again?? at inter, he faced barcelona 4 times for 1W/1D/2L and his overall record is by far alot worse. So buying his way to CL trophy only means that hes not innovative or bold enough to promote his own youth players and build his team around it. why did he leave Inter so soon? thats right majority of the players are nearing wrong 30s and he knows he cant build another team, thats why he ditched Inter Milan for RM.


 @cfc912 2 or 3 porto players?? so is it 2 or 3 lol u cant even get ur own facts right n sitting here making up numbers! the main argument here is mourinho had a full team of internationals at his disposal, whether its at euro 2000, or wc 2002 or euro 2004. all those players mentioned above had played in those tournaments.Porto before mourinho's arrival was already a powerhouse so grab urself a tissue box and find urself a corner doochebag!


 @nismoz Anyway, you're an idiot and have no idea about what you're saying. You're probably a new football fan and supports a bandwagon team. Your stupid little comments can't discredit Mourinho's achievements nor the countless players who praises him. 


 @nismoz  Anyone can get capped at International level you idiot, it doesn't mean they're a starter. Mourinho's success began 2 years and a half before 2004 so he did help turn them into starters.


 @nismoz  Please, moron, look at Scolari's team for the Euro 2004. He only started 2 or 3 Porto players and when they lost to Greece in the first match, the media and fans were in outrage and called for Mourinho's Porto players to play. And MOURINHO'S team, led them to the final.


 @arditspahija  @adamrhbrown I think you play too much fantasy football, if you think its easier to stay at one club n develop world class players and bring them through to first team, why doesnt mourinho do that at chelsea, inter milan or even real madrid?? or should i say it wud be so much easier if you buy every top class player from other clubs and weaken their strength so you can win all the titles?? that's effectively what mourinho did, jump around clubs and buy all the players he think will weaken his enemy! if he cud buy barcelona he wud, only idiots are kept in the dark about him getting rejected for the barcelona head coaching job in 2008!


 @adamrhbrown  @Adam first of all, get urself some medication before you post any further comments. i know ur good at reading magazines and stats but only an idiot like you wud sit here and say he's a god coz he won inter a triple. Alot of teams in the past had won triple by beating some of the best teams of their era eg) Man Utd v Juventus in 1999, despite the fact Inter beat barcelona in 1 game (from a milito offside goal) doesn't mean they are really better. otherwise all the teams that had beaten barcelona over the past 4 years wud of been rated higher than barcelona. secondly, if you think its hard to win serie a titles in that era, think again who was the coach before Mourinho at Inter Milan? i am sure ur google search would tell u its Mr Mancini who had won 2 serie a titles before mourinho's arrival. The only difference is, Mancini had less money to spend compare to Mourinho. In Mancini's 4 years at Inter, his total spending was 108.5 million euros ( first 2 years he only spent 30 million). Compare to Mourinho's 2 years spending of 135 million euros explains why Mourinho achieved better results. Anyone wanna argue, here's the proof: 






@adamrhbrown@Adam LOL @ ADAM BROWN FOR FYI 10 of Mourinhos Porto Players played for Portugal in that era. In the 2004 CL Final there was 9 portugal internationals in the starting lineup. Its like saying Barcelona has 9 players playing Spain or Vice versa. Mourinho Inheritted a Portugal national side by virtue of default and this era was by far Portugals golden era! from Euro 2000 to WC2006 they had wonderful runs in international tournaments and nearly all the Porto players in that side had already played for Portugal! The only reason why Porto didnt win another CL was coz Mourinho took all the players with him over to Chelsea and half other players all departed for other richer clubs. Same theory with Chelsea, if hes so great like he self proclaimed being the special one, how come he fuked up @ Chelsea when he had Roman's deep pockets to line up his ego!?!? Subsequent coaches in chelsea and inter all failed to match his consistency is not coz of his true ability rather its his incompetency not developing his own youth players and promote em when chances arises, he just buys all the established players for quick fixes and when they are nearing the wrong end of 30s, Mourinho jus flys the nest and goes to another club which gives him more transfer money! As i mentioned above, hes only good at buying his way to trophies for short term success when it comes to stay in one team and build a dynasty and develop his own young players and maintaining longetivity, hes no where near the same level as Guardiola/Ferguson/Wenger etc.


@nismoz@Adam Interesting that you have ignored my main point - comparing Mourinho's record with others who have done the same jobs recently. Porto's players were not as weak as is often made out, but who else could have taken them anywhere near a Champions League triumph? Not many. How many of his Chelsea successors have struggled to match him for consistency?All of them. You may argue he took over at Inter at just the right moment, but again they weren't much use in Europe before he went there. And his overall record against Barcelona doesn't matter if he takes Real to the title and a 10th European Cup. Alex Ferguson's teams have been made to look very ordinary against Barca recently. Does that make him an overrated manager? Does it make Guardiola the best manager today? Not necessarily.


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