Sky Sports asked you to vote and pick your favourite boss in the history of each current Premier League club and the results are in
Last Updated: 16/08/13 2:33pm
Over the course of the summer, we ran through the main candidates from each of the 20 Premier League clubs and asked you to vote in our poll to decide who should be regarded as the greatest managers.
Now, ahead of a Premier League campaign which will be without Sir Alex Ferguson but welcomes back Jose Mourinho and has been dubbed the 'year of the manager', we can announce the results.
The answers might divide families and depend on your own age or personality but Sky Sports has come up with some definitive answers - with your help...
Arsenal - Arsene Wenger
After collecting more than 3,500 votes for a remarkable 81 per cent share, current boss Arsene Wenger was picked as the greatest manager in Arsenal's history. He may have come in for some criticism in recent years but the Frenchman has transformed Arsenal in his 17 years at the club. Wenger revolutionised English football's training methods, scouting systems and style of play when he first arrived. Arsenal arguably peaked with The Invincibles in 2003/04 but three league titles, four FA Cups, a UEFA Champions League final and never having finished outside of the Premier League's top four are not bad Wenger achievements overall. For more on the candidates, click here.
Aston Villa - George Ramsay
With 45 per cent of the vote and narrowly beating Ron Saunders, George Ramsay was voted as Aston Villa's greatest manager. Described by the club on their official website as 'Mr Aston Villa'. The Scot has been compared at times to his fellow Glaswegian, former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, having enjoyed a trophy-laden coaching career. Ramsay won six FA Cups and six league titles to mark him out as a managerial master during his time with Villa between 1884 and 1926. For more on the candidates, click here.
Cardiff City - Malky Mackay
Securing promotion to the Premier League was enough to see Malky Mackay named Cardiff's best manager with 67 per cent of our vote. A League Cup final defeat and losing in the Championship play-off final suggested Mackay could have been set for a career of 'good but not good enough' when in charge of Cardiff. But last season's title-winning success secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club's history and they are now anticipating a campaign to remember in England's top flight. For more on the candidates, click here.
Chelsea - Jose Mourinho
Unsurprisingly, it is Jose Mourinho, the 'Special One', who is named Chelsea's greatest manager with almost 4,000 votes to give him a 76 per cent majority. Before his return to the club this summer, Mourinho won two league titles - one with a record points tally - an FA Cup and two League Cups during his first stint at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007. His disappointments were in losing two UEFA Champions League semi-finals. For more on the candidates, click here.
Crystal Palace - Steve Coppell
Coppell ran away with the vote to be named Crystal Palace's greatest manager with 80 per cent in our poll. Coppell managed Palace on four different occasions between 1984 and 2000. Under his lead, the club finished as FA Cup runners-up to Manchester United after a replay in 1990. Palace were also play-off final winners in both 1989 and 1997. Coppell's willingness to go back to Selhurst Park amid major financial problems in his fourth spell in charge in 1999 further endeared him to Palace's fans. For more on the candidates, click here.
Everton - Howard Kendall
David Moyes earned much praise from pundits for his achievements with Everton before he moved to Manchester United but he is nowhere near as good as Howard Kendall in the eyes of our readers. Kendall wins our vote with 77 per cent of our poll in comparison with Moyes' 12%. Most fondly remembered at Goodison Park for his first tenure, Kendall won two league titles, the FA Cup and the Cup Winners' Cup between 1981 and 1987. He returned to Everton for a further two spells as manager in 1990 and again in 1997. Kendall was linked with becoming England manager after Bobby Robson. For more on the candidates, click here.
Fulham - Roy Hodgson
With a whopping 87 per cent of our vote, current England manager Roy Hodgson is voted the greatest boss in Fulham's history. He famously led Fulham to a Europa League final in 2010, where they suffered a 2-1 defeat by the mighty Atletico Madrid. Hodgson had steered Fulham away from bottom place in the Premier League when he first took over in 2007 before going on to then record a highest finish in their history of seventh place in 2008/09. For more on the candidates, click here.
Hull City - Phil Brown
Phil Brown was voted the best manager in Hull's history after taking 59 per cent of our poll. Brown was manager of Hull when they reached the Premier League for the first time in their history for the 2008/09 season. It is an even more remarkable feat given that when he took over in 2006, Hull were in the Championship relegation zone. A play-off final win secured the place in the Premier League and they took the top flight by storm in the first half of the 2008/09 campaign which ultimately proved enough to keep them up. For more on the candidates, click here.
Liverpool - Bob Paisley
Beating Bill Shankly by just 11 per cent in our poll of more than 5,000 votes, Bob Paisley is named Liverpool's greatest manager with 48%. Assistant during Shankly's reign, softly spoken Geordie Paisley was quite a contrast to the man he replaced. But his success would eclipse that even of his old boss. Paisley managed an incredible 20 trophies in nine seasons as Liverpool manager, including six league titles and three European Cups. He remains the only manager to have achieved that feat. For more on the candidates, click here.
Manchester City - Joe Mercer
After forcing Roberto Mancini into second place in our poll, Joe Mercer is voted as Manchester City's greatest manager with 63 per cent of the vote. After promotion in 1966, Mercer helped City to the league championship in 1968 before an FA Cup success in 1969. The silverware continued to arrive and the blue side of Manchester were celebrating a League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup Double in 1970. For more on the candidates, click here.
Manchester United - Sir Alex Ferguson
In a one-horse race, Sir Alex Ferguson was inevitably voted Manchester United's greatest manager with a staggering 92 per cent. Ferguson retired this summer after an incredible 26-and-a-half years and 38 trophies as Manchester United manager. He took over a side that had struggled during the 1980s and turned them into the dominant force in English football. Thirteen league titles and two UEFA Champions League wins, not to mention five FA Cup triumphs, put the Scot amongst the greatest managers of all time. For more on the candidates, click here.
Newcastle United - Sir Bobby RobsonWith Kevin Keegan only putting up a slight challenge in second place, Sir Bobby Robson was voted as Newcastle United's greatest manager in history with a 60 per cent majority in our vote. Robson returned to the North East in 1999 to manage his boyhood club after a career that had seen him enjoy success at the likes of Ipswich Town, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven as well as the England national team. He saved Newcastle from relegation in his first season and by the end of his third campaign finished fourth to earn a place in the UEFA Champions League qualifying round. A third-placed finish followed in 2002/03 and Robson guided the team to the second group stage of the Champions League. For more on the candidates, click here.
Norwich City - Paul Lambert
Edging Mike Walker into the runners-up slot by an agonising one per cent, Paul Lambert was voted Norwich's greatest manager. Lambert arrested a decline at Carrow Road and won back-to-back promotions to take Norwich into the Premier League. He remained at the club, leading them to a highly respectable mid-table finish before leaving for Aston Villa. For more on the candidates, click here.
Southampton - Lawrie McMenemy
Nigel Adkins' achievements in returning Southampton to the Premier League were not enough to overcome Lawrie McMenemy, who you voted the club's best manager with 45 per cent in our poll. He spent 12 years as Southampton boss in which time he guided the club to an FA Cup final triumph over Manchester United in 1976, despite being in the Second Division. Promotion to the top flight followed in 1978 and a League Cup final in 1979. McMenemy was also in charge when the Saints achieved their highest league finish in their history, 2nd, in 1984. For more on the candidates, click here.
Stoke City - Tony Pulis
Despite being criticised among the comments, Tony Pulis is voted as the greatest manager in Stoke City's history after 52 per cent in the vote to finish 13% ahead of Tony Waddington. His first spell at Stoke saw him keep the club in the second tier and then achieve mid-table finishes before being dismissed. New chairman Peter Coates brought Pulis back in 2006 and, in 2008, he guided them to promotion to the top flight for the first time in 23 years. He safely managed the team to survival in each of the following five seasons, reaching the FA Cup Final in 2011. For more on the candidates, click here.
Sunderland - Bob Stokoe
As with Norwich, the poll for Sunderland's greatest manager is decided by just one per cent. Bob Stokoe, with 39%, just beats Peter Reid to being voted the club's best. He managed the side to one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history as Second Division Sunderland conquered top-flight giants Leeds United in the 1973 final. It was the perfect end to Stokoe's first season in charge and he guided them to the Second Division title in 1976 before resigning part way through the next campaign. For more on the candidates, click here.
Swansea City - Michael Laudrup
Despite being in charge for just one season, Michael Laudrup takes 45 per cent of our vote for Swansea's greatest manager. The Danish legend arrived at the Liberty Stadium in the summer of 2012 and instantly set about building on the foundations laid by his predecessors. A 5-0 opening day win at Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League showcased the attacking football favoured by Swansea. The Welsh club beat Liverpool and Chelsea on their way to the 2013 League Cup final, where they demolished League Two Bradford City to win the first major trophy in their history and qualify for the coming season's Europa League. For more on the candidates, click here.
Tottenham Hotspur - Bill Nicholson
With a comprehensive winning margin, Bill Nicholson is voted Tottenham's greatest manager in our poll with 79 per cent. Having taken over in 1958, Nicholson became the first manager of the 20th Century to lead his side to a League and FA Cup Double, achieving the feat in 1961. He helped Spurs to another FA Cup triumph in 1962 before guiding them to the 1963 European Cup Winners' Cup - becoming the first British side to win a European trophy. A third FA Cup arrived in 1967 before two League Cups and a UEFA Cup win in the early 1970s before Nicholson retired in 1974. For more on the candidates, click here.
West Bromwich Albion - Gary Megson
Megson is the man to be considered the greatest manager in West Brom's history after saving them from dire straits in the Noughties. Having taken over close to the end of the 1999/2000 season, Megson saved West Brom from relegation to the third division of English football at a time when the club were in disarray. Two seasons later, he guided West Brom to the Premier League, where they spent one season before dropping back down. However, Megson was then again to mastermind another promotion campaign back to the Premier League. For more on the candidates, click here.
West Ham United - Ron Greenwood
With 44 per cent in our vote, narrowly ahead of John Lyall, Ron Greenwood tops our poll as your greatest manager in West Ham's history. Greenwood was in the West Ham hot seat for 13 years and brought great success to the club. He was in charge of the likes of Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst, helping to develop them as players ahead of England's 1966 World Cup win. Before that, however, Greenwood had already led the Hammers to their first major trophy wins - the FA Cup in 1964 and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1965. They also reached the League Cup final in 1966. For more on the candidates, click here.