Neil Warnock ranks his top five Premier League managers

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Admittedly, Neil Warnock has some experience of being a Premier League manager, so when speaking on the best five to have ever been involved in managing a club within the division, his opinion can hold some gravitas.

However, when he does not list Sir Alex Ferguson as his number one option and ranks managers such as Jurgen Klopp above him, then it would only be right to see some eyebrows raised.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the current Middlesbrough manager boss revealed that the Scotsman actually comes as low as fourth on his list, which just does not sit right.

Arsene Wenger was named top of his best Premier League managers ever and that is one you can agree with, depending on the camp that you sit, as there is no doubt that he is one of the best to have ever graced a dugout in the Premier League.

Speaking about the Frenchman, Warnock said: “I would pick Arsene Wenger as the number one because he changed the whole outlook on modern footballers.

“He brought so many things in that had never been thought of. The nutritionist, the fitness guys, video, technology. He changed the whole course of it when he came into the Premier League.”

Pep Guardiola came second in the list, again, some would be happy with that placing, whilst others would argue that he has had a squad full of embarrassing riches and has never had to manage a ‘bad’ team in his career. Maybe with that kind of luck, Pep can use as he would be bound to win big by finding the best offers around.

“I saw his teams first-hand last year and I’ve never seen a team with that kind of movement.

“David Silva is the best player I’ve ever seen in the Premier League and I think Pep’s just taken it all on board. He’s had a few years so he’s been in front of a few, but I think he’s just amazing.

“His influence on the parks and the lower down leagues has been fantastic, so I’d put Pep second.”

With still no mention of Sir Alex Ferguson, the 72-year-old decided to mention Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp as third. Of course, the Reds have had some rather memorable moments in the last couple of years, but it still seems a stretch to include him this high at the moment.

“I would put Klopp third because I think he’s just beginning and he will get even better,” he said.

“But his outlook and everything he has done at the club and the future with the kids — I think he has got another 10 years coming forward.

“So I think he’s third at the minute, but could easily be number one in a couple of years.”

Fourth and finally Ferguson makes an appearance on Warnock’s list. Despite having had incredibly 26 years at the Red Devils and winning everything possible, including the Premier League title 13 times and something Manchester United have failed to win once since he retired in 2013, Warnock still put him fourth.

Warnock added: “Fourth, I would probably go with Sir Alex [Ferguson] just in front of Jose Mourinho because he has done it for longer.

“I just think he was in an era where it was all about man-management — it wasn’t down to all the backroom staff — and Sir Alex was probably the best at that.”

If Jose Mourinho wasn’t happy with the amount of respect he got before, he won’t be happy with where Warnock put him as he sits fifth on the list.

Warnock explained: “Jose Mourinho is close. What I like about him is the way he deals with the media at the most difficult times, but I would still put him number five.”

My list? Let’s not worry about that…