A football manager is the glue that holds a team together. Like a general leading his soldiers in to battle, an understanding of tactics and the ability to communicate ideas are the keys to being effective in football management.
While many fans have different opinions about the best managers, the stats don’t lie. After all, football is a results business. Here is our list of the three best managers in the Premier League era.
As manager of Arsenal, Arsène Wenger has led his team to three Premier League titles during his 19 full seasons at the North London club. He has also won six FA Cups – a Premier League record. In fact, Wenger is responsible for leading Arsenal to half of their total of 12 FA Cup wins (also a record).
It is true that Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2004, but it’s also worth noting that the Gunners have never finished outside of the top four under the Frenchman.
On reaching 714 games at the end of the 2014-15 season, Wenger had maintained a points per game average of 1.99.
José Mourinho is one of the greatest managers in the Premier League era, and he remains Chelsea’s finest boss. This is despite the fact that he was sacked in December 2015 due to a run of poor results, after leading the Blues to the league title just months before.
In the 2004-05 season, Chelsea collected a record 95 points to win the Premier League for the very first time. Chelsea’s ascendency was clearly due to the change in tactics and management style that the “Special One” brought to Stamford Bridge.
During his two spells with Chelsea (2004-07 and 2013-15), he won three league titles, three League Cups and one FA Cup.
By the end of the 2014-15 season, Mourinho’s Premier League points per game average stood at a whopping 2.29.
With 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, two Champions Leagues, one FIFA Club World Cup, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and one UEFA Super Cup to his name, Sir Alex Ferguson is undoubtedly the greatest manager of the Premier League era.
In 810 games as manager of Manchester United, he led the team to an incredible 528 wins. During his 26-year reign at Old Trafford, Ferguson transformed the club from a sleeping giant into the Premier League’s dominant force.
The worst it got for the Scotsman during his time in the Premier League (1992-2013), were third-place finishes in 2002, 2004 and 2005.
His list of achievements includes the famous treble win in 1999. It also includes the three Premier League titles in a row between 1998-99 and 2000-01: a feat he would repeat between 2006-07 and 2008-09.
Many of these managers’ former and current players refer to their skills of man management and their unrivalled ability to motivate. Yet with these three managers, the statistics really speak for themselves.
No other managers of British teams since 1992 have won so many trophies, nor do they garner anywhere near the same level of love and respect as those on this list, earning these three a place in Premier League history.