Managerial Legends

Five longest serving football managers of all time

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Guy Roux (Auxerre 1961–2005) The legendary Auxerre figure had an unprecedented 44-year spell at the helm of the club. He began before The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd had made their musical bows and retired from management the year that Rihanna, Chris Brown and Panic! at the Disco released their debut albums! Longevity like Roux’s is unique in football ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Sir Matt Busby

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Sir Matt Busby is regarded among the greatest managers of all time courtesy of his 24-year stint at Old Trafford during which he made the club one of the most respected and feared outfits in world football. And he did it all despite the unfortunate plane crash in February 1958 that killed several members of his young team, including the ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Carlos Bianchi

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Carlos Bianchi started his professional career at Velez Sarsfield in the Argentine top division in 1967. He was a gifted goalscorer and went on to score a remarkable 121 goals from 165 league appearances during his first six years at the club before moving to Stade de Reims in France. The goals kept coming from Bianchi’s boots in Ligue 1 ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Nereo Rocco

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Whenever catenaccio is talked about Helenio Herrera’s name automatically springs into conversation for the Argentine is regarded – by many – as the inventor of the defensive playing system. However, there was Nereo Rocco before Herrera, employing catenaccio at Triestina and Padova before he took the system to AC Milan, and with great success. Rocco was a midfielder during his ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Brian Clough

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The outspoken and fearless Brian Clough remains one of the greatest managers in the history of football. He did endure setbacks, notably at Leeds United and the fact that he never landed the England job, but his achievements overshadow any blemishes. Tactics and man-management Most of Clough’s success can be attributed to his ability to find the right players for ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Ernst Happel

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Ernst Happel began his football career at the youth division of Rapid Wien in Austria and in 1942 progressed to the club’s senior side.Playing as a defender, Happel, over the course of the following 12 years, went on to make close to 200 league appearances for the Austrian giants and won five league titles as well as a domestic cup. ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Stefan Kovacs

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Stefan Kovacs began his playing career as a midfielder for Oradea in Romania and went on to play for several outfits in the country as well as Charleroi in Belgium. He also had a three-year stint with CFR Cluj, before he hanged his boots at the end of the 1952/53 season at Universatea Cluj. He wasn’t as gifted as his ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Carlos Bilardo

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“I like being first because second is no good. Being second is a failure. For me it’s good that if you lose you should feel bad. I’d feel very bad if we lost a match and that night I’m seen out eating calmly in some place. I can’t allow it.  Shows are for the cinema, for the theatre, football is ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Raymond Goethals

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  Goethals started his football career as a goalkeeper for Daring Brussels, rising through the youth ranks of the Belgian outfit, he remained at the club until 1947. He then moved to Racing Club Brussels and played for two more clubs – Hannutois and Renaisienne – before hanging his playing boots. His first big managerial role came with the Belgium ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Bob Paisley

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  Bob Paisley ’s place in the pantheon of football’s all time greatest managers is secure. The former wing-half spent almost 50 years at Liverpool in various capacities. He started his stint with the Anfield outfit as a first team player in 1939 and on to play for the club’s first team for over 15 years, featuring in more than ...

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