Alex Ferguson is best known for managing the popular Manchester United Football Club from 1986 to 2013. Considered the greatest football manager ever, Ferguson has the distinction of winning the hightest number of trophies as a manager in the history of the game. He won 38 trophies while managing Manchester United for 26 years! In 2002, Alex Ferguson was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame for his immense contribution as a manager.
Considered one of the most successful and greatest football managers in the world, Carlo Ancelotti has won the prestigious UEFA Champions League on three occasions so far; he is one of three managers to have achieved this feat. Carlo Ancelotti was included in the Greatest Manager of All Time list by France Football and FourFourTwo magazines in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Many of us might know Zinedine Zidane as one of the greatest footballers of all time, but the former attacking midfielder is also one of the most successful managers in the world. He coached Real Madrid between 2016 and 2021, during which he established himself as one of the most successful managers in the history of Real Madrid. He helped the team win three consecutive Champions League titles, two FIFA Club World Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, a Supercopa de España, and a La Liga title.
José Mourinho is not only counted among the most decorated managers of all time, he is also regarded as one of the greatest managers ever. He sits atop an elite list of five managers who have won the prestigious European Cup with two different clubs: Inter Milan and Porto. In 2013, he was named in the Greatest Manager of All Time list by World Soccer. In 2015, the Portuguese Football Federation named José Mourinho Portuguese Coach of the Century.
5. Valeriy Lobanovskyi
Valeriy Lobanovskyi is best remembered for managing the USSR national football team and FC Dynamo Kyiv. He is credited with establishing FC Dynamo Kyiv as the most dominant club during the 1970s and 1980s in Soviet football. Valeriy Lobanovskyi helped the club win a major European trophy when they won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, becoming the first team from the Soviet Union to do so. Lobanovskyi is the recipient of several prestigious honors, including the FIFA Order of Merit.