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Ian Wright and Alan shearer both agreed on the greatest Premier League manager of all time – despite their opinion different from that of Gary Lineker.

Former England internationals have been debating the best high-flying boss since the founding of the Premier League in 1992 for the Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.

Wright had the chance to play as a pioneer Arsenal side under Arsene Wenger in the 90s, who shared many fiesty title battles with Sir Alex Ferguson’s dominant crop of Man Utd stars.

Shearer had also known United for the title, first successfully under the Blackburn team of Kenny Dalglish champion, before running out during his stay at Newcastle.

And the two experts believe that Ferguson should be considered the biggest manager in the Premier League for breaking a record 13 times.



Shearer and Wright have appointed Sir Alex Ferguson as the biggest manager
Shearer and Wright have appointed Sir Alex Ferguson as the biggest manager

Shearer said, “What was impressive about him was the way he continued to build his team when he knew this team was at its peak and had to start over.

“He was not afraid to get rid of the players – as soon as their time was up, they were out.

“He would adapt if he succeeded today. That’s what great managers do.”

Wright added: “Alex Ferguson knew he needed different people around him at different stages to refresh him and bring a new idea.



Klopp and Guardiola were both in the frame for review
Klopp and Guardiola were both in the frame for review

“Even when we look at the 2013 side – people say,” oh that’s the worst Manchester United team to win the league under Ferguson ‘- they could not have won this league with this team with another manager. ”

The top 10 contenders, including some standout names in league history, including Jose Mourinho, Rafa Benitez, Sir Bobby Robson, as well as current bosses Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola.

Naturally, the presenter Lineker offered a different point of view, choosing Claudio Ranieri as his number one for his work in the miracle triumph of Leicester in 2016.



Lineker believes Ranieri is the biggest boss for his role in the Leicester title victory
Lineker believes Ranieri is the biggest boss for his role in the Leicester title victory

“People ask me,” what is the best sporting moment of your life? “Lineker said.” And I say it’s not playing or even winning the FA Cup, it was actually when Leicester won the league. ”

Wright replied, “I remember when we were in the green room for the game of the day and you started crying, and I thought,” I’m not going to joke.

“I just looked at you and thought, ‘oh my gosh, Gary Lineker is crying’. I’ve never seen you be emotional.”

Shearer conceded that the “Tinkerman” had done a magnificent job in leading the Foxes to the title.



Wright congratulated Wenger for being ahead of his time
Wright congratulated Wenger for being ahead of his time

There were honorable mentions for Wenger, who, according to Wright, was “so far ahead of his time,” while Shearer praised “human management genius” Robson.

They also had a word about Mourinho, who they say is not the manager he once was.

“Jose’s record is just incredible,” said Shearer. “When he arrived, he had that arrogance that I think people liked and appreciated – he had an incredible belief in his abilities and rightly so.



Shearer and Wright think Mourinho is no longer the same manager he once was
Shearer and Wright think Mourinho is no longer the same manager he once was

“But it has changed slightly over the years.”

Wright added: “When I look at the Chelsea team, especially from his second term there, I believe it was the best football I have seen in many years, rivaling the “invincibles” of Arsenal.

“But you look at his time at Manchester United and it’s almost like a disappearance – he’s constantly moaning, it’s always someone else’s fault.

“He lost something.”

Here’s how they each ranked the top 10 bosses:

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SHEARER

  1. Sir Alex Ferguson
  2. Arsène Wenger
  3. Jose Mourinho
  4. Pep Guardiola
  5. Sir Kenny Dalglish
  6. Jurgen Klopp
  7. Claudio Ranieri
  8. Sir Bobby Robson
  9. Rafael Benitez
  10. Carlo Ancelotti

WRIGHT

  1. Sir Alex Ferguson
  2. Arsène Wenger
  3. Jose Mourinho
  4. Pep Guardiola
  5. Sir Kenny Dalglish
  6. Jurgen Klopp
  7. Rafael Benitez
  8. Sir Bobby Robson
  9. Carlo Ancelotti
  10. Claudio Ranieri

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