Who is the best manager in Britain? The Times thinks…

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The Times today let out an absolute belter of an article entitled “The top 50 managers of all time”, and there certainly are some corkers in there. In at number 1 is Rinus Michels the originator of “Total Football,” but rest assured, there are some more recognizable faces in this merry list of magical managers. The highest placed manager to have worked in Britain is Sir Matt Busby in second place, followed by Sir Alex Ferguson in fourth. Arsene Wenger ranks as 10th, Jose Mourinho as 16th, and Rafa as 33rd, with Sven as 46th. What we are interested in are your views, should Wenger be that highly placed, especially above Mourinho and Benitez, who have both won the big one in Europe? In all, 16 managers who have plied their trade in the UK make this list, (rankings in the top 50 are in brackets):

1. (2) Sir Matt Busby.
2 (4). Sir Alex Ferguson.
3 (5) Bill Shankly.
4 (6) Bob Paisley.
5 (7. Brian Clough.
6 (10) Arsene Wenger.
7 (12) Jock Stein.
8 (16) Jose Mourinho.
9 (24) Sir Alf Ramsey.
10 (33) Rafael Benitez.
11 (35) Sir Bobby Robson.
12 (39) Bill Nicholson. He won his first game as Spurs manager 10-4 against Everton but not many guessed that it would signal the greatest period in the club’s history. A first English double of the 20th century followed and then the Cup Winners Cup, the first European trophy won by an English club. As Martin Jol knows all too well, the Spurs board are rather impatient for a return to the glory years.
13 (41) George Raynor.
14 (45) Don Revie.
15 (46) Sven-Goran Eriksson.
16 (49) Jesse Carver.