NEIL WARNOCK has named his three greatest Premier League managers – and incredibly Sir Alex Ferguson only makes fourth spot.
The 72-year-old made history last week by overtaking Dario Gradi's long-standing record of 1,602 games as a manager – the most ever in English football.
Unfortunately for the veteran he did not get to celebrate that feat for very long as he was sacked by Middlesbrough at the weekend and replaced by Chris Wilder.
However, after beginning his coaching career in the 1980s and being in charge of 16 clubs, his hasty exit will have come as no surprise to the Yorkshireman.
And all of that experience makes Warnock one of the very best to listen to when it comes to discussing the greatest Prem bosses of all-time.
Fergie would be the top pick for most people after he guided Manchester United to a record 13 top-flight titles and two Champions League triumphs in his 27 years in the Old Trafford dug-out.
The Red Devils have failed to win the Premier League since his retirement in 2013 – but despite his outstanding resume he fails to make Warnock's top three.
He explained to talkSPORT why.
Warnock said: "Since the Premier League started if I was picking my top five managers… I would pick Arsene Wenger as the number one.
"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."
Warnock continued: "[Pep] Guardiola would be second, his influence on the parks and the lower down leagues has been fantastic.
"I would put [Jurgen] 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.
"[He] deals with the media at the most difficult times, but I would still put him number five."
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