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France Football lists top 50 managers of all-time

Sir Alex Ferguson finishes second on France Football magazine's top 50 managers of all-time list

March 18, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The organisers of the annual Ballon d'Or award ceremony had the legendary Scottish manager at No.2.

France Football magazine has published the names of their top 50 managers of all-time with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson ranking second. The list that has stirred up a mixed reaction since its release on Monday had former France national team boss Rinus Michels named ahead of the legendary Scottish manager.

Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge of Manchester United between 1986 and 2013 where he oversaw 1,500 games for the Red Devils. During his tenure, the Old Trafford outfit successfully strolled to 13 Premier League titles, clinched two UEFA Champions League titles, as well as five FA Cups and five League Cups.

Apparently, the Scots honors proved inadequate to pip legendary Dutchman Rinus Michels to the top spot on the list. The late Ajax and Barcelona manager enjoyed a successful managerial spell between 1960 and 1992 and is mostly credited with the invention of "Total Football".

Michels led Ajax to five league titles and a European Cup and also won La Liga as the head coach of Barcelona. He subsequently led the Netherlands to the World Cup final in 1974 and to European Championship triumph in 1988. In 1999, he was named by FIFA as the Coach of the Century.

Meanwhile, France Football magazine named Arrigo Sacchi, Johan Cruyff, and Pep Guardiola to complete the top five respectively. The latter was the only Premier League manager in the Top 10 with Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp ranking 27th and Newcastle's Rafa Benitez finishing 37th.

Marcelo Bielsa of Leeds was the only Championship manager in the list at No. 48 while ex-Liverpool boss Bill Shankly joined Sir Alex Ferguson as only the second Brit named in the Top 10.

Below is the full list of France Football magazine's 50 greatest managers of all-time:

1. Rinus Michels

2. Sir Alex Ferguson

3. Arrigo Sacchi

4. Johan Cruyff

5. Pep Guardiola

6. Valeri Lobanovski

7. Helenio Herrera

8. Carlo Ancelotti

9. Ernst Happel

10. Bill Shankly

11. Matt Busby

12. Giovanni Trapattoni

13 José Mourinho

14. Miguel Muñoz

15. Brian Clough

16. Marcello Lippi

17. Nereo Rocco

18. Louis van Gaal

19. Ottmar Hitzfeld

20. Bela Guttmann

21. Fabio Capello

22. Zinedine Zidane

23. Viktor Maslov

24. Herbert Chapman

25. Jupp Heynckes

26. Bob Paisley

27. Jurgen Klopp

28. Albert Batteux

29. Guus Hiddink

30. Udo Lattek

31. Diego Simeone

32. Arsene Wenger

33. Vicente Del Bosque

34. Jock Stein

35. Tele Santana

36. Vic Buckingham

37. Rafael Benitez

38. Hennes Weisweller

39. Bobby Robson

40 Dettmar Cramer

41. Mircea Lucescu

42. Tomislav Ivic

43. Stefan Kovacs

44. Luis Aragonés

45. Frank Rijkaard

46. ​​Otto Renhagel

47. Raymond Goethals

48. Marcelo Bielsa

49. Antonio Conte

50. Jean-Claude Suaudeau


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