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The world's four best managers?

The prospect of an all-English Champions League final has given added weight to claims that the Barclays Premiership is the best league in the world. Whether that is true or not, there can be little debate that in Sir Alex Ferguson, Jos? Mourinho, Rafael Ben?tez and Ars?ne Wenger, England?s top division boasts four of the most accomplished managers in world football. James Ducker takes a look at their respective achievements and assesses their strengths and weaknesses

Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United

Age: 65, United manager since November 1986

Previous clubs (as manager): Aberdeen, St Mirren, East Stirlingshire

Honours: (with United) 19 leading trophies including 8 FA Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 1 Champions League and 1 European Cup Winners? Cup; (with Aberdeen) 10 leading trophies including 3 Scottish League titles, 4 Scottish Cups and 1 European Cup Winners? Cup

Strength: Master motivator, unquenchable thirst for success

Weakness: Occasionally struggled to get tactics right in Europe - until Tuesday

Run-in Apr

14 Watford (FA Cup semi-final)

Apr 17 Sheffield Utd (h)

Apr 21 Middlesbrough (h)

Apr 24 AC Milan (h) Champions League semi-final first leg

Apr 28 Everton (a)

May 2 AC Milan (a) Champions League semi-final second leg

May 5 Manchester City (a)

May 9 Chelsea (a)

May 13 West Ham United (h)

Jos? Mourinho, Chelsea

Age: 44, Chelsea manager since June 2004

Previous clubs (as manager): FC Porto, Uni?o de Leiria, Benfica

Honours: (with Chelsea) FA Premier League 2004-05, 2005-06; League Cup 2005, 2007; (with Porto) Portuguese championship 2002-03, 2003-04; Cup of Portugal 2003; Portuguese Super Cup 2003; Uefa Cup 2003; Champions League 2004

Strengths: Unrivalled organisational skills, Ferguson?s only rival in the motivation stakes

Weaknesses: Roman Abramovich may disagree, but largely flawless so far


Apr 15 Blackburn Rovers (FA Cup semi-final)

Apr 18 West Ham United (a)

Apr 22 Newcastle United (a)

Apr 25 Liverpool (h) Champions League semi-final first leg

Apr 28 Bolton Wanderers (h

May 1 Liverpool (a) Champions League semi-final second leg

May 6 Arsenal (a)

May 9 Manchester United (h)

May 13 Everton (h)

Rafael Ben?tez, Liverpool

Age: 46, Liverpool manager since June 2004

Previous clubs (as manager): Valencia, Tenerife, Extremadura, Osasuna, Real Valladolid

Honours: (with Liverpool) FA Cup 2006; Champions League 2005; European Super Cup 2005; (with Valencia) Spanish championship 2001-02, 2003-04; Uefa Cup 2004

Strengths: Tactical genius in Europe

Weakness: Still to figure out properly the demands of the English game


Apr 14 Manchester City (a)

Apr 18 Middlesbrough (h)

Apr 21 Wigan Athletic (h)

Apr 25 Chelsea (a) Champions League semi-final first leg

Apr 28 Portsmouth (a)

May 1 Chelsea (h) Champions League semi-final second leg

May 5 Fulham (a) May 13 Charlton Athletic (h)

Ars?ne Wenger, Arsenal

Age: 57, Arsenal manager since September 1996

Previous clubs (as manager): Nagoya Grampus Eight, AS Monaco, AS Nancy

Honours: (with Arsenal) FA Premier League 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04; FA Cup 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005; (with Grampus Eight) J-League Super Cup 1996, Emperor?s Cup 1996; (with Monaco) French championship 1987-88, French Cup 1991

Strength: Supreme discoverer of young talent

Weakness: Predilection for style over substance


Apr 14 Bolton Wanderers (h)

Apr 17 Manchester City (h)

Apr 21 Tottenham Hotspur (a)

Apr 29 Fulham (h)

May 6 Chelsea (h)

May 13 Portsmouth (a)


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The four best managers in the world, eh. Hmm let me think ....

1. Jose Mourinho

2. JM

3. The Special One

4. now I'm stuck ... oh I know. The ex-Porto manager, the one who won the Champions League for them. What was his name again?

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