Former Crystal Palace and Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has named legendary Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger as the best-ever Premier League manager.
Wenger spent 22 years in the Gunners managerial dugout, lifting a record seven FA Cups as well as three league titles – the most famous of which being in the 2003/04 season when his side went unbeaten across all 38 league fixtures.
The Frenchman eventually moved on in the summer of 2018, with Unai Emery replacing him at the Emirates Stadium before current head coach, Mikel Arteta, was eventually appointed 18 months later.
Now, Warnock, who left his position as Middlesbrough boss over the weekend, has heaped praise on Wenger, ranking him above the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola in his all-time Premier League managers list.
“Since the Premier League started if I was picking my top five managers … I would pick Arsene Wenger as the number one,” Warnock told 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.
“I would put 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.”
Closing out his top five, Warnock says what he likes about Mourinho is the way he “deals with the media at the most difficult times, but I would still put him number five”.
Source by Football London