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Neil Warnock snubs Sir Alex Ferguson in his Premier League manager rankings

Neil Warnock has pitted Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp above Sir Alex Ferguson in his list of all-time Premier League managers.

The Scot was in the hot seat for Manchester United’s success from the inception of the Premier League until his retirement in 2013, where he won a staggering 13 top-flight titles.

Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Wenger are the nearest managers to come close to the feat of the former Aberdeen boss, but still fall a staggering amount short following their three first division triumphs.

Klopp broke his Premier League duck and ended Liverpool’s 30-year wait for an English title in 2020, joining six other managers in the competition’s history to do so.

Warnock himself recently became unattached after leaving Middlesborough by mutual consent with the Teessiders 14th picking up six wins in their opening 17 Championship matches.

While he has never picked up a Premier League winners medal, he has eight promotions during his managerial career which spans a record 1,602 games.

“Since the Premier League started if I was picking my top five managers … I would pick Arsene Wenger as the number one,” Warnock told TalkSPORT, as quoted by the Daily Star.

“Only 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.”

The current Manchester City was second on the list because his teams have been exceptional and his “influence on the parks and the lower down leagues has been fantastic.”

The 72-year-old continued: “I would put Klopp third because I think he’s just beginning and he will get even better. 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, 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.”

Ex-United manager Jose Mourinho completed the list.

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