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List of football managers with most games

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of football managers with 1,000 or more games.

Guy Roux, who was in charge of AJ Auxerre for more than 40 years. As well as a short spell at RC lens in 2007

Alex Ferguson, who took charge of a total of 2,155 competitive games between 1974 and 2013, holds the world record for the most games as a manager, starting with East Stirlingshire in Scotland and finishing with an enormously successful 27-year spell as manager of Manchester United, also including an interim spell as manager of the Scotland national football team during the mid 1980s.

Dario Gradi, of dual English and Italian heritage, took charge of 1,557 Football League matches in a 33-year career which took in spells with Wimbledon, Crystal Palace and three spells - totalling 1,359 games - in 28 years at Crewe Alexandra.

Other managers on the list include former England managers Bobby Robson and Graham Taylor, the former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, former Manchester United manager Matt Busby, and former Derby County and Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough.

Ignacio Trelles is the only manager of 1,000 or more club games (1,083 in first level on pyramid) and 100 or more national team games.

List

# Name Team(s) (years) P W D L Win% Refs
1 Scotland Alex Ferguson  • East Stirlingshire (1974)
 • St Mirren (1974-1978)
 • Scotland (1985-1986)
 • Aberdeen (1978-1986)
 • Manchester United (1986-2013)
2,155 1,253 490 412 58.1 ?
2 France Arsène Wenger  • Nancy (1984-1987)
 • Monaco (1987-1994)
 • Nagoya Grampus Eight (1995-1996)
 • Arsenal (1996-2018)
1,701 918 367 416 54.0 ?
3 England Graham Turner  • Shrewsbury Town (1978-1984)
 • Aston Villa (1984-1986)
 • Wolverhampton Wanderers (1986-1994)
 • Hereford United (1995-2009)
 • Shrewsbury Town (2010-2014)
1,659 656 443 560 39.5 ?
4 England Alec Stock  • Yeovil Town (1946-1949)
 • Leyton Orient (1949–1959)
 • A.S. Roma (1957-1958)
 • Queens Park Rangers (1959–1968)
 • Luton Town (1968–1972)
 • Fulham (1972–1976)
 • Bournemouth (1979–1980)
1,618 679 408 531 42 ?
5 Scotland Willie Maley  • Celtic (1897-1940)
1,612 1,039 315 258 64.5 [1]
6 Italy England Dario Gradi  • Sutton United (1976-1977)
 • Wimbledon (1978-1981)
 • Crystal Palace (1981)
 • Crewe Alexandra (1983-2007, 2008, 2009-2011)
1,557 574 375 608 36.9 ?
7 England Fred Everiss  • West Bromwich Albion (secretary-manager) (1902-1948)
1,520 656 331 532 43.16 ?
8 England Neil Warnock  • Scarborough (1986–1989)
 • Notts County (1989–1993)
 • Torquay United (1993)
 • Huddersfield Town (1993–1995)
 • Plymouth Argyle (1995–1997)
 • Oldham Athletic (1997–1998)
 • Bury (1998–1999)
 • Sheffield United (1999–2007)
 • Crystal Palace (2007–2010, 2014)
 • Queens Park Rangers (2010–2012, 2015)
 • Leeds United (2012–2013)
 • Rotherham United (2016)
 • Cardiff City (2016–2019)
 • Middlesbrough (2020-)
1,504 605 415 484 40.23 ?
9 England Jim Smith  • Boston United (player-manager) (1969–1972)
 • Colchester United (player-manager) (1972–1975)
 • Blackburn Rovers (1975–1978)
 • Birmingham City (1978–1982)
 • Oxford United (1982–1985, 2006–2007, 2008)
 • Queens Park Rangers (1985–1988)
 • Newcastle United (1988–1991)
 • Portsmouth (1991–1995)
 • Derby County (1995–2001)
1,475 577 495 403 39.2 ?
10 England Brian Clough  • Hartlepools United (1965-1967)
 • Derby County (1967-1973)
 • Brighton & Hove Albion (1973-1974)
 • Leeds United (1974)
 • Nottingham Forest (1975-1993)
1,453 675 368 410 46.5 ?
11 England Bobby Robson  • Fulham (1968)
 • Ipswich Town (1969–1982)
 • England (1982–1990)
 • PSV Eindhoven (1990–1992, 1998–1999)
 • Sporting CP (1992–1994)
 • Porto (1994–1996)
 • Barcelona (1996–1997)
 • Newcastle United (1999–2004)
1,446 718 351 377 49.7 ?
12 England Harry Redknapp  • Bournemouth (1983–1992)
 • West Ham United (1994–2001)
 • Portsmouth (2002–2004, 2005–2008)
 • Southampton (2004–2005)
 • Tottenham Hotspur (2008–2012)
 • Queens Park Rangers (2012–2015)
 • Jordan (2016)
 • Birmingham City (2017)
1,391 561 345 485 40.3 ?
13 England Graham Taylor  • Lincoln City (1972-1977)
 • Watford (1977-1987, 1996-2001)
 • Aston Villa (1987-1990, 2002-2003)
 • England (1990-1993)
 • Wolverhampton Wanderers (1994-1995)
1,384 596 370 418 43.1 ?
14 Italy Giovanni Trapattoni  • A.C. Milan (1974, 1975–1976)
 • Juventus (1976–1986, 1991–1994)
 • Inter Milan (1986–1991)
 • Bayern Munich (1994–1995, 1996–1998)
 • Cagliari (1995–1996)
 • Fiorentina (1998–2000)
 • Italy (2000–2004)
 • Benfica (2004–2005)
 • VfB Stuttgart (2005–2006)
 • Red Bull Salzburg (2006–2008)
 • Republic of Ireland (2008–2013)
 • Vatican City (2010)
1,382 716 399 267 51.8 ?
15 Soviet Union Russia Yuri Semin  • FC Kuban Krasnodar (1982)
 • Pamir Dushanbe (1983-1985)
 • FC Lokomotiv Moscow (1986-1990, 1992-2005, 2009-2010, 2016-2020)
 • Russia (2005)
 • FC Dynamo Moscow (2005-2006, 2009-2010)
 • Dinamo Kyiv (2007-2009, 2010-2012)
 • FC Gabala (2013-14)
 • FC Mordovia Saransk (2014-15)
 • FC Anzhi Makhachkala (2015)
1,353 681 310 362 50.33 ?
16 France Christian Gourcuff  • Lorient (1982-1986,1991-2001,2003-2014)
 • Le Mans (1986-1989)
 • Pont-L'Abbé(1989-1991)
 • Rennes (2001-2002,2016-2017)
 • Al-Gharafa(2002-2003,2018-2019)
 • Algeria (2014-2016)
 • Nantes (2019-Presnt)
1,346 537 359 450 39.90 ?
17 Scotland George Ramsay  • Aston Villa (1884-1926) 1,327 ? ? ? ? ?
18 Soviet Union Ukraine Valeriy Lobanovskyi  • Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (1969–1973)
 • Dynamo Kyiv (1973–1982, 1984–1990, 1997–2002)
 • Soviet Union (1975–1976, 1982–1983, 1986–1990)
 • United Arab Emirates (1990–1993)
 • Kuwait (1994–1996)
 • Ukraine (2000–2001)
1,317 731 340 246 55.5 [2]
19 Italy Carlo Mazzone  • Ascoli (1968–1975, 1980–1985)
 • Fiorentina (1975–1978)
 • Catanzaro (1978–1980)
 • Bologna (1985–1986, 1998–1999, 2003–2005)
 • Lecce (1986–1990)
 • Pescara (1990–1991)
 • Cagliari (1991–1993, 1996–1997)
 • Roma (1993–1996)
 • Napoli (1997–1998)
 • Perugia (1999–2000)
 • Brescia (2000–2003)
 • Livorno (2006)
1,278 ? ? ? ? ?
20 Germany Otto Rehhagel  • 1. FC Saarbrücken (1972–1973)
 • Kickers Offenbach (1974–1975)
 • Werder Bremen (1976, 1981–1995)
 • Borussia Dortmund (1976–1978)
 • Arminia Bielefeld (1978–1979)
 • Fortuna Düsseldorf (1979–1980)
 • Bayern Munich (1995–1996)
 • 1. FC Kaiserslautern (1996–2000)
 • Greece (2001–2010)
 • Hertha BSC (2012)
1,225 606 278 341 49.5 ?
21 Germany Jupp Heynckes  • Borussia Mönchengladbach (1979–1987, 2006–2007)
 • Bayern Munich (1987–1991, 2009, 2011–2013, 2017-2018)
 • Athletic Bilbao (1992–1994, 2001–2003)
 • Eintracht Frankfurt (1994–1995)
 • Tenerife (1995–1997)
 • Real Madrid (1997–1998)
 • Benfica (1999–2000)
 • Schalke 04 (2003–2004)
 • Bayer Leverkusen (2009–2011)
1,224 625 282 317 51.1 ?
22 England Denis Smith  • York City (1982–1987)
 • Sunderland (1987–1991)
 • Bristol City (1992–1993)
 • Oxford United (1993–1997, 2000)
 • West Bromwich Albion (1997–1999)
 • Wrexham (2001–2007)
1,195 464 290 441 38.8
23 Scotland Bill Shankly  • Carlisle United (1949–1951)
 • Grimsby Town (1951-1953)
 • Workington (1954–1955)
 • Huddersfield Town(1956–1959)
 • Liverpool (1959-1974)
1,190 586 305 299 49.24
24 Scotland Bill Struth  • Rangers (1920-1954) 1,180 789 228 163 66.83 [3]
25 England Lennie Lawrence  • Plymouth Argyle (1978)
 • Charlton Athletic (1982–1991)
 • Middlesbrough (1991–1994)
 • Bradford City (1994–1995)
 • Luton Town (1995–2000)
 • Grimsby Town 2000–2001)
 • Cardiff City (2002–2005)
 • Crystal Palace (joint caretaker) (2012)
1,163 408 436 319 35.1 ?
27 Spain Luis Aragonés  • Atlético Madrid (1974–1980, 1982–1987, 1991–1993, 2001–2003)
 • Betis (1981, 1997–1998)
 • Barcelona (1987–1988)
 • Espanyol (1990–1991)
 • Sevilla (1993–1995)
 • Valencia (1995–1997)
 • Oviedo (1999–2000)
 • Mallorca (2000–2001, 2003–2004)
 • Spain (2004–2008)
 • Fenerbahçe (2008–2009)
1,151 567 262 322 49.26 ?
28 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bosnia and Herzegovina Dušan Bajević  • Velež Mostar (1983–1987)
 • AEK Athens (1988–1996, 2002–2004, 2008–2010)
 • Olympiacos (1996–1999, 2004–2005)
 • PAOK (2000–2002)
 • Red Star Belgrade (2006–2007)
 • Aris Thessaloniki (2007–2008)
 • Omonia (2010–2011)
 • Atromitos (2012)
 • Bosnia and Herzegovina (2019–2020)
1,148 638 262 248 55.57 ?
29 Scotland Matt Busby  • Manchester United (1945–1969, 1970–1971)
 • Scotland (1958)
1,147 577 268 302 50.3 ?
30 Wales Tony Pulis  • Bournemouth (1992–1994)
 • Gillingham (1995–1999)
 • Bristol City (1999–2000)
 • Portsmouth (2000)
 • Stoke City (2002–2005, 2006–2013)
 • Plymouth Argyle (2005–2006)
 • Crystal Palace (2013–2014)
 • West Bromwich Albion (2015–2017)
 • Middlesbrough (2017–2019)
 • Sheffield Wednesday (2020)
1,137 410 338 389 36.06 ?
31 Brazil Mexico Ricardo Ferretti  • Pumas UNAM (1995–1996, 2006–2010)
 • Mexico (1993, 2015)
 • Guadalajara (1996–2000)
 • Tigres UANL (2000–2003, 2006, 2010–present)
 • Toluca (2003–2004)
 • Morelia (2005)
1,136 ? ? ? ? ?
32 England Alan Buckley  • Walsall (1978, 1979–1981, 1981–1982 [joint], 1982–1986)
 • Kettering Town (1986–1988)
 • Grimsby Town (1988–1994, 1997–2000, 2006–2008)
 • West Bromwich Albion (1994–1997)
 • Lincoln City (2001–2002)
 • Rochdale (2003)
1,126 425 396 305 37.7 ?
33 England Jack Addenbrooke  • Wolverhampton Wanderers (1885-1922) 1,125 ? ? ? ? ?
34 Scotland Jim Jefferies  • Hawick Royal Albert (1983)
 • Gala Fairydean (1983–1988)
 • Berwick Rangers (1988–1990)
 • Falkirk (1990–1995)
 • Heart of Midlothian (1995–2000, 2010–2011)
 • Bradford City (2000–2001)
 • Kilmarnock (2002–2010)
 • Dunfermline Athletic (2012–2014)
1,116 ? ? ? ? ?
35 England Brian Horton  • Hull City (1984–1988)
 • Oxford United (1988–1993)
 • Manchester City (1993–1995)
 • Huddersfield Town (1995–1997)
 • Brighton & Hove Albion (1998–1999)
 • Port Vale (1999–2004)
 • Macclesfield Town (2004–2006, 2012)
1,098 367 305 426 33.4 ?
36 England Joe Royle  • Oldham Athletic (1982-1994, 2009)
 • Everton (1994-1997)
 • Manchester City (1998-2001)
 • Ipswich Town (2002-2006)
1,096 428 300 368 39.2 ?
37 Scotland Jim McLean  • Dundee United (1971-1993) 1,094 ? ? ? ? ?
38 Wales John Toshack  • Swansea City Player/Manager (1978–1983)
 • Sporting CP (1984–1985)
 • Real Sociedad (1985–1989, 1991–1994, 2001–2002)
 • Real Madrid (1989–1990, 1999)
 • Wales (1994, 2004–2010)
 • Deportivo (1995–1997)
 • Beşiktaş (1997–1999)
 • Saint-Étienne (2000–2001)
 • Catania (2002–2003)
 • Real Murcia (2004)
 • Macedonia (2011–2012)
 • Khazar Lankaran (2013)
 • Wydad Casablanca (2014–2016)
1,090 ? ? ? ? ?
39 Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson  • Degerfors IF (1977–1978)
 • IFK Göteborg (1979–1982)
 • Benfica (1982–1984)
 • Roma (1984–1987)
 • Fiorentina (1987–1989)
 • Benfica (1989–1992)
 • Sampdoria (1992–1997)
 • Lazio (1997–2001)
 • England (2001–2006)
 • Manchester City (2007–2008)
 • Mexico (2008–2009)
 • Ivory Coast (2010)
 • Leicester City (2010–2011)
 • Guangzhou R&F (2013–2014)
 • Shanghai SIPG (2014–2016)
 • Shenzhen FC (2016–2017)
 • Philippines (2018–2019)
1,092 566 285 241 51.83 ?
40 England Ron Atkinson  • Kettering Town (1971–1974)
 • Cambridge United (1974–1978)
 • West Bromwich Albion (1978–1981, 1987–1988)
 • Manchester United (1981–1986)
 • Atlético Madrid (1988–1989)
 • Sheffield Wednesday (1989–1991)
 • Aston Villa (1991–1994)
 • Coventry City (1995–1996)
 • Sheffield Wednesday (1997–1998)
 • Nottingham Forest (1999)
1,078 464 306 308 43.0 ?
41 England Danny Wilson  • Barnsley (1994–1998, 2013–2015)
 • Sheffield Wednesday (1998–2000)
 • Bristol City (2000–2004)
 • Milton Keynes Dons (2004–2006)
 • Hartlepool United (2006–2008)
 • Swindon Town (2008–2011)
 • Sheffield United (2011–2013)
 • Chesterfield (2015–2017)
1,067 422 276 368 39.6 ?
42 Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld  • Zug 94 (1983–1984)
 • Aarau (1984–1988)
 • Grasshoppers (1988–1991)
 • Borussia Dortmund (1991–1997)
 • Bayern Munich (1998–2004, 2007–2008)
 • Switzerland (2008–2014)
1,039 562 256 221 54.1 ?
43 Scotland Jock Stein  • Dunfermline Athletic (1960–1964)
 • Hibernian (1964–1965)
 • Scotland (1965, 1978–1985)
 • Celtic (1965–1978)
 • Leeds United (1978)
1,038 660 174 204 63.6 ?
44 England John Coleman  • Ashton United (1997–1999)
 • Accrington Stanley (1999–2012, 2014-Present)
 • Rochdale (2012-2013)
 • Southport (2013-2014)
 • Sligo Rovers (2014)
1,026 428 257 341 43 ?
45 England Roy Hodgson  • Halmstads BK (1976–1980)
 • Bristol City (1982)
 • Örebro (1983–1984)
 • Malmö (1985–1989)
 • Neuchâtel Xamax (1990–1991)
 • Switzerland (1992–1995)
 • Inter (1995–1997,1999)
 • Blackburn Rovers (1997–1998)
 • Grasshoppers(1999–2000)
 • Copenhagen(2000–2001)
 • Udinese(2001)
 • U.A.E.(2002–2004)
 • Viking(2004–2005)
 • Finland (2006–2007)
 • Fulham(2007–2010)
 • Liverpool(2010–2011)
 • West Bromwich Albion(2011–2012)
 • England (2012–2016)
 • England U21 (2013)
 • Crystal Palace (2017-Present)
1,018 453 270 295 44.5 ?
46 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivica Osim  • Željezničar (1978–1986)
 • Yugoslavia (1986–1992)
 • Partizan (1991–1992)
 • Panathinaikos (1992–1994)
 • Sturm Graz (1994–2002)
 • JEF United Chiba (2003–2006)
 • Japan (2006–2007)
997 501 230 266 50.25 ?
47 England David Pleat 980 355 269 356 36.22 ?
48 Portugal José Mourinho  • Benfica (2000)
 • União de Leiria (2001–2002)
 • Porto (2002–2004)
 • Chelsea (2004–2007, 2013-2015)
 • Inter Milan (2008–2010)
 • Real Madrid (2010–2013)
 • Manchester United (2016–2018)
 • Tottenham Hotspur (2019–Present)
979 627 196 156 64.04 [4]
49 Scotland David Moyes  • Preston North End (1998–2002)
 • Everton (2002–2013)
 • Manchester United (2013–2014)
 • Real Sociedad (2014–2015)
 • Sunderland (2016–2017)
 • West Ham United (2017–2018, 2019-Present)
950 398 244 308 41.89 ?
50 Italy Luciano Spalletti  • Empoli (1994,1995-1998)
 • Sampdoria (1998,1999)
 • Venezia (1999,1999-2000)
 • Udinese (2001,2002-2005)
 • Ancona (2001-2002)
 • Roma (2005-2009,2016-2017)
 • Zenit (2009-2014)
 • Inter Milan (2017-2019)
923 464 232 227 50.27 ?
51 Turkey Şenol Güneş  • Trabzonspor (1988–1989, 1993-1997,2004-2005,2009-2013)
 • Boluspor (1989–1992)
 • Antalyaspor (1997–1998)
 • Sakaryaspor (1998)
 • Turkey (2000-2004,2019-Present)
 • FC Seoul (2007–2009)
 • Bursaspor(2014–2015)
 • Beşiktaş(2015–2019)
918 467 234 217 50.873 ?
52 England Chris Wilder  • Halifax Town (2002–2008)
 • Oxford United (2008–2014)
 • Northampton Town (2014–2016)
 • Sheffield United(2016–Present)
912 401 221 290 44.0 ?
53 Netherlands Louis van Gaal  • Ajax (1991–1997)
 • Barcelona (1997–2000, 2002-2003)
 • Netherlands (2000–2001, 2012-2014)
 • AZ (2005–2009)
 • Bayern Munich (2009–2011)
 • Manchester United (2014–2016)
905 546 183 176 60.33 ?
54 Germany Jürgen Klopp  • 1. FSV Mainz 05 (2001–2008)
 • Borussia Dortmund (2008–2015)
 • Liverpool F.C. (2015-Present)
867 456 211 200 52.6 ?
55 Wales Kenny Jackett  • Watford (1996–1997)
 • Swansea City (2004–2007)
 • Millwall (2007-2013)
 • Wolverhampton Wanderers (2013-2016)
 • Rotherham United (2016)
 • Portsmouth (2017-2021)
860 385 218 257 44.8 ?
56 Italy Fabio Capello  • Milan (1987, 1991-1996,1997-1998)
 • Real Madrid (1996–1997,2006-2007)
 • Roma (1999–2004)
 • Juventus (2007–2012)
 • England (2007–2012)
 • Russia (2012–2015)
 • Jiangsu Suning (2017–2018)
844 459 241 143 54.45 ?

Football National Team Managers with 100 or more games

Name Age From To Span (years) Games
Serbia Bora Milutinović 76 1983 2009 26 273
Germany Berti Vogts 74 1990 2014 24 230
Sweden Lars Lagerback 72 2000 present 16 211
Portugal Carlos Queiroz 68 1991–2002, 2008 present 13 192
Uruguay Óscar Tabárez 74 1988-1990, 2006 present 28 191
Germany Joachim Low 61 2006 present 10 173
Germany Sepp Herberger 79 1936 1964 28 167
Denmark Morten Olsen 71 2000 2015 15 163
England Walter Winterbottom 88 1946 1962 16 139
Germany Helmut Schon 80 1964 1978 14 139
United States Bruce Arena 69 1998-2006, 2016 present 19 144
Hungary Lajos Baróti 91 1957 1978 21 132
Poland Antoni Piechniczek 78 1981 1997 16 128
England Roy Hodgson 73 1992 present 24 128
Argentina Guillermo Stábile 61 1939 1960 21 127
Brazil Mario Zagallo 89 1967 1974 7 124
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira 78 1967 2010 43 +100
Poland Henryk Kasperczak 74 1993 2017 24 +100
Spain Vicente del Bosque 70 2008 2016 8 114
England Alf Ramsey 79 1963 1974 11 113
Austria Hugo Meisl 55 1919 1937 18 131
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann 56 2004-2006, 2011 2016 12 132
Mexico Ignacio Trelles 103 1957, 1960-1962, 1965-1969, 1975-1976, 1990 1991 31 106
Argentina José Pékerman 71 2005 2018 13 106
Soviet UnionUkraine Valeriy Lobanovskyi 63 1975–1976, 1979, 1982–1983, 1986-1996, 2000 2001 15 155

See also

References

  1. ^ (Celtic manager) Maley, Willie, FitbaStats
  2. ^ "Валерій Лобановський: 1317 матчів!". Ukrainian Premier League. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  3. ^ (Rangers manager) Struth, Bill, FitbaStats
  4. ^ "José Mourinho has an impeccable home record..." 90min. 5 February 2021.
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