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The Best Managerial Rivalries of all time

September 08, 2015

- Grant Whittington

Rivalry is something that underpins football in England, as without this and the passion that it inspires the game would be little more than a vapid and unengaging sport. There is also a wide diversity of rivals in the British game, from fans and players to the managers that prowl the touchline in the search of success. Some of these managerial rivalries have illuminated the game and added an extra dimension to the sport.

So without any additional delay, here are the managerial rivalries that the team at Bethut believe to be the most explosive: –

Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger 

Although it has been diluted in the last 10 years, the rivalry between Manchester United and Arsenal was incredibly intense at the turn of the century. While this was to be expected as the two clubs challenged for England’s top honours between 1997 and 2005, the rivalry was made more intense by a simmering dislike between the two managers. While Wenger often cursed Ferguson’s influence on officials and his side’s occasionally robust approach in games, the Scotsman felt that Wenger was psychologically weak and used every opportunity to engage in mind games. The results were often spectacular, both on the field and off (the Highbury tunnel in 2005, anyone?).

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho

Reducing the calm and mild-mannered Pep Guardiola to a raving lunatic is arguably Jose Mourinho’s greatest managerial achievement, and he achieved this during his time at Madrid. Having irked the then Barcelona coach with rudimentary tactics and an overly aggressive approach, Mourinho flirted with the boundaries of acceptability and ultimately pushed his rival beyond his psychological limits. While Guardiola may have has the last word in terms of trophies, Mourinho gradually wore him down during the seasons prior to his year-long sabbatical from the game.

Brian Clough and Don Revie

The managerial rivalry to end them all, these two were counterparts throughout the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Diametrically opposed in every single way, Clough and Revie clashed in a way that few managers have done either before or since their time. Both achieved incredible success at their clubs, and it was the battle for supremacy in the English First Division that ultimately pushed the strained relationship over the edge. Clough’s aggressive and abrupt nature irked Revie incredibly, while the latter also claimed that his adversary was bad for the English game at the peak of their fall-out.

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