Neil Warnock has named his top five Premier League managers… and it’s controversial to say the least!
The 71-year-old has been in football as a player and manager for more than half a century.
He has come up against the very best in the game on the touchline, so is well placed to share his views on who is the greatest of all-time.
But we must admit that his response when asked to pick his top five took managers to have graced the Premier League took us by surprise.
Despite leading Manchester United to 13 Premier League titles, Sir Alex Ferguson is only regarded by Warnock as the FOURTH best boss ever.
He is ranked ahead of Jose Mourinho, who led Chelsea to three titles and is now in charge of Tottenham.
But Warnock puts Fergie behind Pep Guardiola, a two-time title winner with Manchester City, and Jurgen Klopp, who is on the verge of winning his first league championship in England with Liverpool.
And in number one is Fergie’s old adversary, Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman won three titles with Arsenal and is the only manager to lead a team through a whole season unbeaten since the Premier League’s formation.
While Wenger ended his Arsenal reign in 2018 without a league championship in 14 years, Warnock believes his impact on English football was greater than any other boss.
“I would pick Arsene Wenger as the number one because he changed the whole outlook on modern footballers,” he said.
“He brought so many things in that had never been thought of.
“The nutrionist, the fitness guys, video, technology. He changed the whole course of it when he came into the Premier League.”
On Guardiola being number two, Warnock added: “I saw his teams first hand last year and I’ve never seen a team with that kind of movement.
“David Silva is the best player I’ve ever seen in the Premier League and I think Pep’s just taken it all on board. He’s had a few years so he’s been in front of a few, but I think he’s just amazing.
“His influence on the parks and the lower down leagues has been fantastic, so I’d put Pep second.”
He then explained his other selections: “I would put Klopp third because I think he’s just beginning and he will get even better.
“But his outlook and everything he has done at the club and the future with the kids – I think he has got another ten years coming forward.
“So I think he’s third at the minute but could easily be number one in a couple of years.
“Fourth, I would probably go with Sir Alex [Ferguson] just in front of Jose Mourinho, because he has done it for longer.
“I just think he was in an era where it was all about man management – it wasn’t down to all the backroom staff – and Sir Alex was probably the best at that.
“Jose Mourinho is close. What I like about him is the way he deals with the media at the most difficult times, but I would still put him number five.”
Neil Warnock ranks his top 5 Premier League managers of all time!
Some controversial opinions here!
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Neil Warnock has named his top five Premier League managers… and it’s controversial to say the least! The 71-year-old has been in football as a player and manager for more than half a century. He has come up against the very best in the game on the touchline, so is well placed to share his […]