Top 50 football managers of all-time: Agree with France Football's list? Sir Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola in top 10

Top 50 managers of all-time (clockwise from top left): Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, Marcelo Bielsa and Rafa Benitez all included by France Football

Sir Alex Ferguson has been named as the second best football manager of all time, by well-respected magazine France Football.

The French publication have run the rule over great coaches to grace the game over the years and listed their top 50, with Ajax legend Rinus Michels pipping Ferguson to top spot.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti made the top 10, while Rafa Benitez and Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Sky Bet Championship outfit Leeds, have also been included.

Brian Clough is the highest-placed Englishman at number 15, with Herbert Chapman and Bobby Robson also named.

On their criteria, France Football wrote earlier this year:

'What is a great coach? How to compare two major technicians to sometimes more than half a century of distance? And, in the end, what is the best of them, all times combined? In order to make its choice and establish its Top 50, France Football has chosen three main criteria - the club winners, the trace and the legacy left on the game, the personality - to which is added, implicitly, a fourth: the duration and the impact of the career.'

See the list in full, below, and let us know your thoughts @SportingLifeFC...


Top 50 football managers of all time, according to France Football

Rinus Michels: Former Netherlands and Ajax boss
  1. Rinus Michels
  2. Sir Alex Ferguson
  3. Arrigo Sacchi
  4. Johan Cruyff
  5. Pep Guardiola
  6. Valeriy Lobanovski
  7. Helenio Herrera
  8. Carlo Ancelotti
  9. Ernst Happel
  10. Bill Shankly
  11. Matt Busby
  12. Giovanni Trapattoni
  13. Jose Mourinho
  14. Miguel Munnoz
  15. Brian Clough
  16. Marcelo Lippi
  17. Nereo Rocco
  18. Louis van Gaal
  19. Ottmar Hitzfeld
  20. Bela Guttmann
  21. Fabio Capello
  22. Zinedine Zidane
  23. Viktor Maslov
  24. Herbert Chapman
  25. Jupp Heynckes
  26. Bob Paisley
  27. Jurgen Klopp
  28. Albert Batteux
  29. Guus Hiddink
  30. Udo Lattek
  31. Diego Simeone
  32. Arsene Wenger
  33. Vicente del Bosque
  34. Jock Stein
  35. Tele Santana
  36. Vic Buckingham
  37. Rafa Benitez
  38. Hennes Weisweiler
  39. Sir Bobby Robson
  40. Dettmar Cramer
  41. Mircea Lucescu
  42. Tomislav Ivic
  43. Stefan Kovacs
  44. Luis Aragones
  45. Frank Rijkaard
  46. Otto Rehhagel
  47. Raymond Goethals
  48. Marcelo Bielsa
  49. Antonio Conte
  50. Jean-Claude Suaudeau

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