The English Premier League, established in 1992 has been growing rapidly on so many levels since. From sponsorships and TV deals shown around the world, to rapidly growing fan bases. Obviously all this started on the field with the quality of football which is rooted to quality players. Ever since the Premier League has attracted the best players in the world from across the world and continues to be what the media has labeled as “the best league in the world”. Where I’m going with this is you can’t have the best league in the world without the best players and in order to get the best players you need the best managers developing them. So in this article I’m going to highlight some of the best managers to come to the Premier League and some we may see soon.
When you think best manager in the world you think Sir Alex Ferguson who spent 21 years in the Premier League. He really was the Godfather of great managers in the Premier League winning a total 13 league titles in that time. He attracted some of what became some of the Premier Leagues best including Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, and Cristiano Ronaldo just to name a few. Another manager who came to the Premier League is Arsene Wenger. Approaching his 20th season in charge of Arsenal, Arsene was the mastermind behind their greatest moment which was the “invincible” season. Despite not being on every Arsenal fans good side right now, he is no doubt responsible for attracting some of the best players Arsenal have had in Premier League history giving them their identity. These players include: Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas, and Robin Van Persie to name the stand outs. Another manager who has been in and out of the Premier League and most likely on his way back next season is Jose Mourinho. You don’t earn the nickname “The Special One” without making your mark as a successful manager. Despite maybe not attracting worldly players at his first stint at Chelsea, he must have liked the Premier League because after going off and becoming the world’s best arguably, he came back now for what will be a third time when United finally get around to announcing him. Right away rumors have flurried of Jose expecting to bring in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Benzema who are both world class strikers bringing their trade to the Premier League. Even if both rumors end up being false, it’s the point of these world class players follow world class managers to the Premier League.
One world class manager yet to start his Premier League career is newly appointed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Being brought up in the Barcelona system, first as a fan, then a player, then a manager, he learned his whole life as what many call “perfect football” or “the Barcelona way” or “tiki-taka”. In a managerial career that isn’t even a decade old yet, Pep has a track record like no other. It includes: three La Liga titles, two Copa Del Rey’s, three Spanish super cups, two Champions Leagues, two UEFA super cups, and two Club World Cups, and that’s only at Barcelona. In 2013 he packed his bags and moved to Bayern Munich where he has won the league every year since arriving, one Super Cup, one Club World Cup, and two Pokal’s. Without even a game under his belt at City, Pepe has already attracted Gundogan and is regarded as the man that could persuade Paul Pogba to return to the Premier League.
As proven in this article, sometimes it isn’t the name of the league that attracts the players, sometimes it’s the man in charge that brings them. Learning from the world’s best in the media labeled “best league in the world” is something very attractive to players and as long as managers want to come to the premier league, the players will follow suit.