When it comes to the most excellent football managers in history, it's impossible to beat Sir Alex Ferguson. His incredible trophy haul has him firmly ahead in the competition. He is a Scottish football player and also managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. During this tenure, he won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, and two UEFA Champions League titles.
Well, Ferguson had to struggle during his early years as a manager at Stirlingshire and St.Mirren and the first few seasons at Manchester United. There were several highs and lows during the entire tenure. Ferguson described the December 1989 (three years later, after he was appointed as the manager) as the darkest period ever suffered in the game. However, once the Premier League arrived, he started earning medals regularly, with a total count of 13. Ferguson also helped the United win 10 FA Community Shields and four league clubs. Several great players such as Christiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney grew up under his guidance.
In 2013, when Ferguson decided to retire from the association, the United had reached unwavering levels of success. It became the most successful club in English football history.
Not many people can claim to be the G.O.A.T., but Sir Ferguson can. Doesn't he?
There have been other strong contenders for the throne like Arrigo Sacchi, Johan Cryuff, Rinus Michels, Bill Shankly, etc. but speaking objectively, there's no more elegant way to judge who is the best than trophies. Undisputedly, Ferguson is the number one, with 49 significant honors.
While speaking of the current scenes, it is a widely held view that Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, and Jose Mourinho are some of the top successful managers in the game. The battle between Jose Mourinho and Guardiola has become severe than ever in recent years. Guardiola has been attributed to bringing about a revolution in the sport during his spangling four-year association with Barcelona. At the same time, he relished the prosperous period in Germany, with Bayern Munich, before taking charge of Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho has been a consistent serial winner, having a fierce rivalry with the United. The 'Special One' is one of the five coaches to have won the European Cup with two different teams and has enjoyed varying success at Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Manchester United. A school teacher-turned-translator-turned coach, now leading the Real Madrid in resurgence, he remains as enigmatic as ever.
Recently, Everton appointed Carlo Ancelloti as their new manager, with a contract that binds him with them until 2024. He has won multiple Champions League trophies, league titles, and domestic cups.
It now seems inevitably right that Guardiola might take over the rivalry in upcoming times, whereas, there are rumours that Mourinho might shift to clubs like Bayern Munich and Paris Saint- Germain. While both men are amongst some of the greatest coaches in history, the fact that they are over half-way to Ferguson's trophy haul count is mechanically spectacular.