Difficult to be a great team without a coach of great talent. The history of football has seen extraordinary technicians able to sublimate their players while imposing their game ideas. It has not the only rule to be taken into account in this ranking. Leaving a mark in the history of your sport is sometimes more important than winning a title.
Sir Alex Ferguson for the first place in this ranking? In a position where the slightest misstep can lead to dismissal, the Scotsman remained at Manchester United’s head from 1986 to 2013. The winner of a few trophies with Aberdeen before, exceptionally ending the Glasgow clubs’ domination, the 78-year-old coach has won the most impressive record with the Red Devils.
Unsurprisingly, he is also the most successful coach in the Premier League’s history, with nearly 13 crowns in the league. Having had under his orders several big stars, like Cristiano Ronaldo, he always knew how to be respected by everyone. Voted the Premier League’s best coach almost 13 times that says a lot about the technician’s abilities. Since his departure, Manchester United has also struggled to find the heights.
Arrigo Sacchi has claimed first place, with a slightly more substantial record. But Arrigo Sacchi is already well established in this second position. Far from the Italian “catenaccio,” the technician Azzurro had the ambition to make his teams play as well as possible. And we can clearly say that he did not miss it.
From 1987 to 1991, Arrigo Sacchi relied on one of the best teams of all time. With AC Milan composed of Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, or Paolo Maldini, it will not take long to put his playstyle in place. Despite only one Serie A won, the technician offered himself two Champions Leagues without any possible dispute.
The instigator of “total football,” Rinus Michels, was a true model for Johan Cruyff. Voted as the best coach of the 20th century by FIFA, it’s easy to understand why! With one of the most beautiful generations in Ajax Amsterdam’s history, the Dutch technician carries everything in his path.
Winning the C1 in 1971, his technical skills still impress today. He then continued with FC Barcelona. But Rinus Michels remains to this day as the only coach to have helped the Netherlands to win a big title. Winner of Euro 1988, he came very close to becoming a little more legendary.