Since its inception on Saturday, 15 August 1992, the Premier League has witnessed a mix of controversial, entertaining, and iconic moments. While players often grab the spotlight, managers like Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, and Kevin Keegan have contributed their share of memorable instances over the years.
In this thread we want to discuss about some fierce rivalries between managers that we’ve witnessed over the years.
Which managerial rivalry has been the most fierce in your opinion?
The managerial rivalries are fueled by a desire for success, competition for titles, and genuine competitiveness. Some of the most memorable managerial rivalries in Premier League history include:
Arsene Wenger vs. Sir Alex Ferguson: This is arguably the best rivalry in Premier League history, with their clubs, Arsenal and Manchester United. Their rivalry spanned over two decades. Their intense competition for titles and success led to some of the most memorable moments in Premier League history. The rivalry was characterized by intense feuds, heated exchanges, and mind games, which added to the excitement and drama of the competition. The impact of their rivalry on the Premier League has been significant, with both managers contributing to the league’s competitive nature and shaping its history.
Jose Mourinho vs. Antonio Conte: During their tenures at Manchester United and Chelsea respectively, their competitive feud was evident in their tactical approaches and the intensity of their encounters. For instance, there were instances of “dark arts” and a six-man defense, indicating the genuine rivalry between the two managers. This rivalry was considered one of the biggest managerial feuds in the Premier League and was believed to have the potential to influence the title race. The genuine competitiveness between the two clubs was also highlighted, further emphasizing the impact of their rivalry on their teams’ performances.
Jurgen Klopp vs. Pep Guardiola: The rivalry between these two top managers has added to the excitement of the Premier League, as their teams, Liverpool and Manchester City, have competed at the highest level.
For me, it would be Mourinho vs Wenger.
I don’t think any Managerial football rivalry beats the one of Mourinho vs Arsene Wenger
The rivalry was intense both on and off the pitch. They constantly threw jibes at each other even in media interviews. It was epic.
Which is the greatest manager rivalry in Premier League history?
To me its Klopp and Guardiola