Sir Alex Ferguson ranked fourth in all-time Premier League managers list by Neil Warnock
Some outstanding managers have graced the Premier League since its inception in 1992.
There have been 11 different men to have led teams to the title in that time.
One of them is arguably the greatest of them all. Sir Alex Ferguson won an unprecedented 13 league titles as boss of Manchester United.
Many would quite understandably place him at the top of their list when compiling a rundown of the best managers in the Premier League era.
But not Neil Warnock.
The 72-year-old, who has just left his 16th different club after departing Middlesbrough over the weekend, was asked to name his top-five all-time Prem bosses.
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And to some people’s astonishment Ferguson doesn’t even make the top three.
“Since the Premier League started if I was picking my top five managers… I would pick Arsene Wenger as the number one,” Warnock said, speaking to talkSPORT .
“Only because he changed the whole outlook on modern footballers. He brought so many things in that had never been thought of.
“The nutritionist, the fitness guys, video, technology. He changed the whole course of it when he came into the Premier League.
“Guardiola would be second, his influence on the parks and the lower down leagues has been fantastic.
“I would put (Jurgen) Klopp third because I think he’s just beginning and he will get even better. But his outlook and everything he has done at the club and the future with the kids – I think he has got another 10 years coming forward.
“So I think he’s third at the minute, but could easily be number one in a couple of years.
“Fourth, I would probably go with Sir Alex (Ferguson) just in front of Jose Mourinho because he has done it for longer.
“I just think he was in an era where it was all about man-management, it wasn’t down to all the backroom staff, and Sir Alex was probably the best at that.
“Jose deals with the media at the most difficult times, but I would still put him number five.”
Warnock’s first taste of the Premier League would come in 2006 when he guided his hometown side Sheffield United to promotion. They would be relegated after just one season.
His latest post at Middlesbrough saw him depart by mutual consent on Saturday night. A day later he was replaced by ex-Blades boss Chris Wilder.
His first game in charge of the Championship club is after the international break, on November 20, at home to Millwall.