Monday 16 April 2012
Strong, iconic and charismatic - some of the greatest football managers in the world have taken charge of Premier League clubs during the past two decades.
A panel of leading football figures, journalists and commentators will vote for the Best Manager in the history of the Premier League.
These are the five that made it on to the shortlist:
Club: Manchester United
Premier League Seasons: 20
Premier League Titles: 12
Fixtures managed: 765 (as of 04/04/2012)
Premier League Manager of the Season: 10
The only person to manage in every season of the Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson has set standards which are unlikely to ever be matched. Through the years, many faces have come and gone from Old Trafford but Manchester United’s iconic figurehead has ensured one consistent thread through the years – his teams always know how to win.
Ferguson’s United sides are by far the most successful in Premier League history with 12 titles sitting alongside a host of other silverware. Ferguson has been a fearsome foe for most opponents over the years but he has also nurtured some of the brightest talent in the Premier League. And, as he enters his eighth decade, his passion for the game remains undiminished.
Premier League Seasons: 4
Premier League Titles: 2
Fixtures Managed: 120 (as of 04/04/2012)
Premier League Manager of the Season: 2
Complex,charismatic and cool, José Mourinho swept into Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004 and instantly caught the eye. The self-styled "special one" – a label he gave himself at his first news conference – quickly set about living up to the hype. His Chelsea side of 2004/05 was immense, storming to the title, the first for the Blues in 50 years, setting records for the number of points (95), most wins (29) and fewest goals conceded (15).
Mourinho stayed until September 2007 and oversaw a huge period of success for Chelsea, which saw them win another Premier League title as well as other domestic trophies and they also became a force in Europe. Throughout the highs and lows (mostly highs) Mourinho was a compelling presence, on and off the field.
Premier League Seasons: 10
Premier League Titles: 0
Fixtures Managed: 382(as of 04/04/2012)
Premier League Manager of the Season: 0
One of the game's most respected figures, David Moyes recently celebrated a decade in charge at Goodison Park. Tenacious and dedicated, Moyes has worked wonders with the resources available to him and has made the Toffees one of the Premier League’s most consistently tough opponents.
Everton are regular top-10 finishers under Moyes and he has also taken them to Wembley in the FA Cup Final and into the UEFA Champions League. He has won the League Managers Association Manager of the Year three times and USA international Landon Donovan – who has had two spells at the club - said he could not overstate Moyes' importance to Everton, adding: "What he has achieved is remarkable".
Clubs: West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League Seasons: 18
Premier League Titles: 0
Fixtures Managed: 587(as of 04/04/2012)
Premier League Manager of the Season: 1
Harry Redknapp is one of football’s most popular characters. But behind the affable persona is an astute, tactically sharp manager who has become one of the most experienced and respected in the game. He first made his mark in the Premier League at West Ham United, guiding them to fifth in 1998/99 and leading them to the UEFA Cup. Then, at Portsmouth, he steered the south coast club to the Football League Championship title and into the Premier League.
After a spell at Southampton, Redknapp returned to Pompey and kept them up in 2005/06 before guiding them to ninth the following year, then eighth in 2007/08, picking up The FA Cup along the way. Redknapp since moved to Tottenham Hotspur, taking over a side which was struggling and transforming them into genuine top-four contenders. Redknapp's sides are known for playing entertaining football and the man himself is one of the game's true characters.
Premier League Seasons: 16
Premier League Titles: 3
Fixtures Managed: 593(as of 04/04/2012)
Premier League Manager of the Season: 3
Arsène Wenger was not widely known in England when he took the reins at Highbury in September 1996 but he has since built a reputation as one of the game’s thinkers who has created an Arsenal team which not only wants to win, but win in style. Wenger has presided over a period of great success for the Gunners – and also a rich era for the club’s history which has yielded many stars who will be revered in north London for many generations to come.
Wenger won the Premier League in only his second season in charge, and has claimed the title twice more – most memorably in 2004 when his ‘Invincibles’ side went through the entire League season without losing. He has enticed greats such as Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira to the club and the roll-call of talent has continued with the likes of Robin van Persie in the current set up. When Arsenal are at their best under Wenger, few teams in the world are able to live with them.