Neil Warnock has made a bold claim regarding Jurgen Klopp and Sir Alex Ferguson. According to the currently unemployed manager, Liverpool’s boss has done better in the Premier League compared to what Manchester United legend did in over 20 years with the Red Devils.
He named his top five Managers in Premier League history and dared to leave Ferguson out of the top three on a very questionable list. Warnock, who most notably won the Conference in 1986/87, believes that Ferguson didn't have as much of an impact on football as the three above him did.
5. Jose Mourinho4. Sir Alex Ferguson3. Jurgen Klopp2. Pep Guardiola1. Arsene Wenger
Ferguson is an absolute legend, having won 13 Premier League titles, more than the rest of the top five combined with Ferguson beating out Mourinho (3), Klopp (0), Guardiola (2), and Wenger (3) with a margin of five extra Premier League titles.
Warnock, though, tried to argue the reason behind the dubious thought process, saying:
"I just think he was in an era where it was man management, it wasn't all this stuff with the back staff and the back rooms and everything, it was man-management - and Alex was probably the best at that."
Fergie managed in the Premier League from its inception to 2013, collecting a possible 13 of 21 Premier Leagues, including winning it three times straight on two separate occasions.
Discussing naming Wenger top in his list, Warnock said:
"I might be completely different to anyone else, but I would pick Arsene Wenger as number one, only because he changed the whole outlook on modern football."
He also made the case for Klopp that he deserved the third place due to his potential in the Premier League and his 'use' of youth players even though he's the only manager yet to win a Premier League trophy:
"I think Klopp is just beginning. He will definitely get even better...His outlook and everything that he's done at the club and its future with the kids and all that, I think he's got another ten years coming forward."
We’re not sure what’s the point Warnock is trying to make here, but he’s not looking good. Perhaps he’s still holding grudges about how Sheffield United were 'wronged' by Manchester United resting players against West Ham back in 2007.
Ferguson is one of the best managers of all time and that’s undeniable.