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Who is the greatest manager of all time?

July 25, 2010

Chelsea central defender and Real Madrid target Ricardo Carvalho has stated his desire to join up with former-boss Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu. Carvalho also described Mourinho as the “greatest manager in the history of football”. This got me thinking. Who is the greatest manager ever?

Below are the four men I consider to be among the best of the best in football management, and now it’s your chance to vote for your favourite. The poll will be closed when votes stop coming in, and the winner will have the honour of being named WDKF’s greatest ever manager!

Click the link below to vote now! (If you vote for ‘none of the above’, please state your preferred choice in the comment box).

Who is the greatest manager of all time?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. maserati4200 permalink
    July 25, 2010 2:30 pm

    Eddie Howe – Bournemouth.

    A true legend and a miracle worker. Still only 32. Saved us from relegation to the Conference, then won promotion the very next next season. He did it with no money, numerous winding up orders and a bench consisting of kids, cripples and OAPs.

    Eddie – you are awesome and destined for great things. I want you to have my babies!!

  2. July 25, 2010 4:05 pm

    Sir Alex Ferguson no doubt! Mourinho comes second… do check up on my blogs at call this “shameless self-publicity”

  3. July 25, 2010 8:16 pm

    Ferguson is premier league winner,but when Jose arrived to England he lose premier cup
    2 years.Jose winning result is better than Ferguson.Jose win in Porto,England and Italy.
    Ferguson is only England ,that’s show Ferguson is second.

    But i don’t think so he is second because others manager are good result than Ferguson.

  4. Nick permalink
    July 26, 2010 7:00 pm

    It’s a toss-up between Rinus Michels and Bill Shankly, but would probably give to Michels as he pretty much invented total football.

  5. July 29, 2010 4:20 pm

    SAF comes first, following his incredible run with the Red Devils, and second Mourinho, thou he’s yet to stay for a long time in a single club to confirm his supremacy.

  6. Nick permalink
    July 30, 2010 1:20 am

    @Rite$h How can you possibly say Mourinho is the second greatest manager of all time? Yes he’s a fantastic manager, and almost certainly among the top 3 current managers, but there’s no way you can say he’s the second greatest of all time. Compared to Rinus Michels, Bill Shankly and SAF he’s hardly scratched the surface. Give him another 20 years, then we’ll see.

  7. Rite$h permalink
    July 30, 2010 7:38 pm

    @Nick: totally agree with you, and sorry if I was not clear, was comparing him to SAF in the end as current managers, not with the other legends ;) but like u said some more years and we could count him in as well

  8. sbr4eva permalink
    August 2, 2010 7:01 pm

    Obviousely a lot of southern mancs have voted for Fergusson – no surprise there like.

  9. fran permalink
    September 10, 2010 7:39 pm

    The answer is easy, Rinus Michels.

    People seem to be obsessed with British or Premiership managers here.
    What about guys like Ernst Happel, Helenio Herrera, Valeri Lobanowski, Carlos Bianchi…etc. If you want to talk about Brits then, Ferguson, Stein and Paisley stand alone with Ramsay, Busby, Shankly, Chapman and Clough following on.

  10. September 11, 2010 12:46 am

    undoubtably it has 2 be the late gr8 jock stein hands down

  11. francis permalink
    September 11, 2010 2:28 pm

    @martin cooper,Stein has never recieved the acclaim he deserves outwith Scotland. Most people in the UK just regard him as the manager of a good team in a weak Scottish League and have no idea about the rest of his mangerial career. Actually the League in Scotland was about the equivalent of the English League at that time, as European results of ALL Scottish of that era would testify.

  12. Ernst Happel permalink
    September 19, 2010 7:25 am

    What is the criteria on which this poll hinge? In my perceptive, there can be only one: Achievements with different clubs & national teams, especially with ones regarded as underdogs. So the answer is no more complicated than computation. There is only one candidate second to none: Ernst Happel. Numerous league titles with 4 clubs in as many countries. 2 Continental championship with Hamburger and Feyenord. The only blot is his lack of national team throne. However, check out the teams he led then you will be astounded to find that they are Feyenord at the time of Crujff at Ajax, Bruge at the finale of CC, Hamburg at the time of Platini and Holland without Crujff at Argentina.

    So my fellow PL fans,wake up and have a wide view, compared to Grand Ernst Happel, SFA has too much to prove.

  13. Ernst Happel permalink
    September 19, 2010 7:26 am

    Besides, I’m from China.

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