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The 5 Greatest Football Managers in History

Posted on 15.09.2014

There are some football managers that should never be forgotten for their management skills, achievements and the general passion they brought to the game. For this reason, we take a look back at 5 of the greatest managers of all time.

Our top pick of the greatest football managers ever…

1. Bill Shankly

Bill Shankly was a remarkable manager due to his unrelenting passion for the game. After a lengthy career as a professional footballer, playing nearly 300 times in the league for Preston North End and seven times for his native Scotland, he knew the game like the back of his hand, if not better.

He was as honest as he was determined, and respected the fans more than the people that signed his pay cheque. One of his most notable management decisions was ensuring the LFC ground was renovated, whilst stripping out team’s average players to introduce talented footballers. He was inspiration to many both on and off the pitch, and changed how Liverpool FC played the game, taking them out of second division and making them champions.

2. Sir Matt Busby

Matt Busby was a phenomenal manager, and was the backbone of Manchester United between 1945 to 1969, returning again for the second half of the 1970-71 season. Despite his history as a football player at two of United’s biggest rivals, Liverpool FC and Manchester City, he went on to serve as the longest Manchester United manager in history, helping the team win the FA Cup in 1948 and the league championship in 1952.

3. Bob Paisley

Bob Paisley had a lot to live up to following Shankly’s departure from LFC, as it is fair to say the fans fell in love with the Scottish manager. However, Bob Paisley proved he was up to the task, as in 9 years as manager he helped the team take home six league titles, three European Clubs, one UEFA cup, three league cups, five Community shields and the UEFA Super Cup.

4. Brian Clough

Brian Clough sealed his fate as one of the country’s finest football managers when he pulled Derby County from Second Division to crown them Champions of England in 1973. Instead of riding high on one successful team, Clough helped pull another team out from Second Division, Nottingham Forest, helping the club win back-to-back European Cups.

5. Sir Alf Ramsey

Sir Alf Ramsey is one of the most successful England managers in history, helping the national team win the 1966 World Cup on 30th July 1966. However, he didn’t stop there, as he ensured the club came in thirds in the 1968 European Championship, and his guidance ensured England reached the quarter-final stage of the 1970 World Cup, as well as the 1972 European Championship.

Have you got a favourite football manager that’s not listed above? Tell us who your favourites are. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Celebrate the life and legacy of Bill Shankly at The Shankly Hotel

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One of our stunning Shankly Suites

The Shankly Hotel is dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of LFC’s greatest leader. A night at The Shankly isn’t a stay – it’s an experience. You can explore the stories of Shankly’s successes and his ethos in life inside our uniquely designed suites, which are all based around a quote or anecdote celebrating the legendary manager.

With unseen memorabilia throughout the hotel and spacious rooms equipped with luxury amenities including whirlpool baths, walk-in showers and flat-screen TVs, a night at The Shankly is the perfect present for any Liverpool fan looking to discover more about the Father of Liverpool FC.

We hope you enjoyed the our 5 greatest football managers ever and we look forward to welcoming you to The Shankly Hotel.

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