Old Trafford boss considered best boss ever.
Sir Alex Ferguson may have a trophy cabinet bursting at the seams, but today football fans have awarded him with an extra-special title – the Greatest Football Manager ever.
Ferguson, who has been Manchester United manager for 22 years and scooped an incredible 33 titles in his managerial career there, topped the poll carried out by the makers of cult football management game Football Manager 2010 with 26 per cent of the vote.
Sir Alex is followed by the late, great Sir Bobby Robson, the much-loved ‘gentleman of football’ whose managerial career saw him win over both fans and players at Ipswich Town, Newcastle United, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and of course England.
Legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly scored third spot for his efforts in taking the Reds from the Second Division to the upper echelons of English football, while the infamous Brian Clough, whose spell at Leeds United was recently made into film The Damned United, took fourth place with eight per cent.
Another Old Trafford legend, Sir Matt Busby, who despite Fergie’s efforts still holds the record as the longest serving Manchester United manager of all time, was voted into fifth place.
The top ten also included Sir Alf Ramsey, ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Bob Paisley with Jock Stein bringing up the rear.
The creators of Football Manager 2010 polled over 1,000 UK football fans to discover the Greatest Football Manager of all time for their Football Manager Hall Of Fame.
The nation’s top ten football managers of all time making it into the Football Manager Hall of Fame are:
Sir Alex Ferguson – 26%
Sir Bobby Robson – 14%
Bill Shankly – 9%
Brian Clough – 8%
Sir Matt Busby – 6%
Sir Alf Ramsey – 5%
Jose Mourinho – 4%
Arsene Wenger – 3%
Bob Paisley – 2%
Jock Stein – 1%
Miles Jacobson, Studio Director of Football Manager commented:
“As the most successful domestic manager in the history of English football and with a legion of fans around the globe and scores of titles, Sir Alex clearly deserves his place at the top of this poll. The fact he can be a bit controversial – this is the man known as the ‘Hairdryer’ for his half-time outbursts – only makes football fans love him more.
“For all you Fergie wannabes, the new Football Manager 2010 game is released 30th October, so you can put your management skills to the test and a free demo of the game is available now from our website at sigames.com – chewing gum is not provided though….”
Football Manager™ 2010 for PC and Apple Macintosh will be released on October 30th.
Football Manager™ 2010 for PSP will be released on October 30th.
So there you have it. A poll that overall appears to have the right ten managers (not sure how Jose got there) but perhaps in a bid of a muddle? No one can doubt what Sir Alex has achieved and even the most ardent hater of Man United (not me) would have to admit that the Scot has achieved all there is to achieve in the game and has been at the top of his profession for a prodigious period. Theses lists always walk a fine line because clearly this is a very subjective accolade, but who would you have had at the top of the pile?
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