The Premier League has seen many legendary managers and coaches throughout its history since being founded in 1992. Several brilliant tacticians have graced the dugouts of England's top clubs over the years. In this article, we count down the Top 20 Best Coaches in Premier League History - the men who have made their mark on the league through their philosophy, achievements and honors won. From masterminds like Sir Alex Ferguson to heroic underdog stories such as Claudio Ranieri's title win with Leicester, here is our rundown of the greatest Premier League managers ever.
Alex Ferguson managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013, winning 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, and 2 UEFA Champions League titles. His most successful period came between 1993-2013, winning 13 league titles, 5 FA Cups, and 2 Champions League trophies. He is regarded as one of the greatest managers in football history.
Arsene Wenger was Arsenal's manager from 1996 to 2018, winning 3 Premier League titles, 7 FA Cups, and 7 Community Shields. His 2003-04 'Invincibles' team went a full Premier League season unbeaten, a record yet to be matched. Wenger's revolutionary focus on nutrition and attacking football made Arsenal a dominant force.
Jose Mourinho has managed Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham in the Premier League. He won the Premier League title 3 times with Chelsea in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2014-15,introducing a pragmatic defensive style. He also won the Europa League with Manchester United in 2016-17.
As player-manager, Kenny Dalglish led Liverpool to the First Division title in 1985-86 and 1989-90. He also guided Blackburn Rovers to the 1994-95 Premier League title. Dalglish spent 13 years with Liverpool as a player and manager, winning numerous honors.
Carlo Ancelotti managed Chelsea from 2009 to 2011, winning the Premier League and FA Cup double in 2009-10. His Chelsea side set a then Premier League record of 103 goals in 2009-10 while playing an attractive possession-based style.
Roberto Mancini managed Manchester City from 2009 to 2013. He guided them to their first league title in 2011-12 and also won the FA Cup in 2010-11. His City team became a major force after a prolonged period without success.
Claudio Ranieri had a long career managing in Italy and Spain before famously leading unfancied Leicester City to the 2015-16 Premier League title. Implementing a counter-attacking style, 5000-1 outsiders Leicester shocked football.
Rafael Benitez managed Liverpool from 2004 to 2010, winning the UEFA Champions League in 2004-05 after the famous 'Miracle of Istanbul' comeback. He also led Liverpool to 2nd place in the 2008-09 Premier League with 86 points.
Manuel Pellegrini was Manchester City manager from 2013 to 2016. He guided City to the 2013-14 Premier League title and League Cup with 102 goals scored. City achieved a league double over rivals Manchester United that season.
Brendan Rodgers managed Liverpool from 2012 to 2015, almost winning the Premier League in 2013-14 finishing 2nd with 84 points. His Liverpool team scored 101 goals that season, featuring Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
Antonio Conte was Chelsea manager for 2016-17 and 2017-18. In his first season, he switched Chelsea to a 3-4-3 formation and led them to the Premier League title, only conceding 33 goals.
As Newcastle United manager in the 1990s, Kevin Keegan implemented a hugely entertaining style but never won a league title, finishing 2nd in 1995-96. He was named the Premier League's first Manager of the Year that season.
Sir Matt Busby managed Manchester United from 1945 to1969 then 1970 to 1971. He rebuilt United after the 1958 Munich air disaster to win the European Cup in 1968. Busby won 5 First Division titles in his time at Old Trafford.
Martin O'Neill managed Leicester City from 1995 to 2000, winning two League Cups and guiding them to four consecutive top 10 Premier League finishes. This included finishing 3rd in 1998-99.
Mauricio Pochettino managed Southampton then Tottenham from 2013 to 2019. With Spurs, he established them as a top 4 side and took them to the 2019 Champions League final. He focused on high-intensity pressing tactics.
Harry Redknapp guided Tottenham to Champions League qualification for the first time in 2009-10, finishing 4th. In 2010-11, his Spurs team came close to the title but eventually finished 5th after leading for much of the season.
Sven-Göran Eriksson was England manager from 2001 to 2006 as well as Chelsea manager in 2003-04. With Chelsea, he guided them to 2nd place in the Premier League and the Champions League semi-finals.
Ron Atkinson managed Manchester United from 1981 to 1986, winning two FA Cups in 1983 and 1985. In the first two Premier League seasons, 1992-93 and 1993-94, Atkinson led Aston Villa to top 6 finishes.
Luiz Felipe Scolari managed Chelsea in 2008-09 but was sacked in February 2009 after a poor run of results. However, Chelsea did finish 3rd under him and went on to win the FA Cup that season.
That concludes our list of the Top 20 Best Coaches in Premier League History. Their strategic brilliance has shaped England's top league. For more Premier League news and updates, visit 2sport.tv. They provide non-stop coverage of the league's top stories, highlights, and analysis. Keep up with the latest on the legendary managers who have graced the Premier League by checking out 2sport.tv - your home for football news and updates on the coaches who have made their mark on the beautiful game's history.