Sir Alex Ferguson named only the FOURTH best manager of the Premier League era by Neil Warnock, with Jose Mourinho fifth in his list… so who does the veteran boss pick as his top three?
- Neil Warnock was asked to name his top-five all-time Premier League bosses
- The 72-year-old has presided over a record 1,603 games during 41-year career
- He said three managers have brought more to the Premier League than Fergie
Sir Alex Ferguson has been named only the fourth best Premier League boss ever by veteran manager Neil Warnock.
Manchester United legend Ferguson is the most-decorated manager in Premier League history, having won a record 13 top-flight titles during his incredible 27-year reign at Old Trafford.
However, Warnock, 72, who has presided over a record 1,603 games during his 41-year career, claimed that three other managers have brought more to the Premier League than Fergie when asked to name his top-five all-time Premier League managers.
Sir Alex Ferguson won a record 13 top-flight titles during his reign at Manchester United
‘Since the Premier League started if I was picking my top five managers… I would pick Arsene Wenger as the number one,’ Warnock told talkSPORT.
‘Only because he changed the whole outlook on modern footballers. He brought so many things in that had never been thought of.
‘The nutritionist, the fitness guys, video, technology. He changed the whole course of it when he came into the Premier League.
Neil Warnock credits Arsene Wenger (R) for changing the ‘outlook on modern footballers’
‘Guardiola would be second, his influence on the parks and the lower down leagues has been fantastic.
‘I would put [Jurgen] 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 10 years coming forward.
Pep Guardiola (R) and Jurgen Klopp (L) also featured highly in Warnock’s list of best managers
‘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.
‘[He] deals with the media at the most difficult times, but I would still put him number five.’
Neil Warnock, 72, has presided over a record 1,603 games during his 41 years as a manager
Warnock, who left Middlesbrough last weekend, has managed 14 different league clubs – Scarborough, Notts County, Torquay, Huddersfield, Plymouth, Oldham, Bury, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, QPR, Leeds, Rotherham, Cardiff and Boro.
From winning his first EFL promotion with Scarborough back in 1986-87 against all odds, to helping Cardiff City back to the Premier League more recently in 2017-18, Warnock boasts one of the most decorated CVs in the game.
It is more than 40 years since Warnock embarked on his first season as a manager with Gainsborough Trinity in the Northern Premier League, before taking over at Burton Albion.
Whether in non-league of the football league, Warnock has been driven by a passion to improve players and overcome his opposite number.
‘I just love making players better,’ he said when asked last year where his desire still comes from. ‘I like making bad players average and average players good and good players great.”
‘I do back myself against anybody, I don’t look at teams and think that club’s a big club and that club’s a big club. I look at managers and think am I better than them.’