Earlier in the day, I reported on how The Daily Mail deemed Sir Alex Ferguson the best ever manager in British football.
They then wanted to confirm their findings so asked the people over at Championship manager what they thought. The results varied, except for who they ranked as the best.
1. Sir Alex Ferguson
Why? – Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in British football history. Replaced Ron Atkinson as United’s manager on November 6, 1986. Has won 10 Premier League titles, five FA cups, three League Cups and two Champions Leagues. Won the Cup Winners’ Cup with both Aberdeen and Man Utd.
Favourite quote – After winning the Champions League in 1999: ‘I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football. Bloody hell.’
Postition in TDM list: 1.
2. Bob Paisley
Why? – Served Liverpool for 44 years. As manager, between 1974 and 1983, he won six league titles, three European Cups, one UEFA Cup and three League Cups.
Favourite quote – ‘If you’re in the penalty area and aren’t sure what to do with the ball, just stick it in the net, and we’ll discuss your options afterwards.’
Postition in TDM list: 3.
3. Bill Shankly
Why? – Manager of Liverpool between 1959 and 1974. The club won three league titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup under Shankly. Retired after winning the 1974 FA Cup Final.
Favourite quote – ‘If you are first, you are first. If you are second you are nothing.’
Postition in TDM list: 4.
4. Sir Matt Busby
Why? – Played for both Man City and Liverpool as a player. Manager of United for 24 years from 1945 to 1969. Rebuilt team after the Munich air crash. Won the European Cup.
Favourite quote – On George Best: ‘It was a very simple team talk. All I used to say was: Whenever possible, give the ball to George.’
Postition in TDM list: 5.
5. Brian Clough
Why? – Most well known for his success as manager of both Derby County and Nottingham Forest. Won the European Cup twice as manager of Forest. Clough won the League with both Derby and Forest. The Forest title win was in his first season after promotion.
Favourite quote – ‘I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was certainly in the top one.’
Postition in TDM list: 2.