Most successful English football managers

Big Sam is now the new England manager, the 17th – including caretakers – since Walter Winterbottom, so we take a look at the most successful English football managers in recent English club football history.

Sam Allardyce is yet to win one of the major honours English clubs challenge for, but is not alone.

Sam Allardyce

Since 1980 English managers have won the three major titles in this country – Premier League (First Divison), FA Cup and League Cup – a total of 34 times out of a possible 81. Scottish managers, meanwhile, have won 38 of those same titles during that period.

Added to that, though, English coaches have also scooped major European competitions with English clubs – Champions League or European Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Cup or Europa League – eight times.

English managers have also enjoyed limited success abroad, Terry Venables, Bobby Robson and Steve McClaren all picking up honours in Spain, Portugal or Holland. They are among the most successful English football managers list.

There was some success for English manager on British soil last season, though, as Alan Stubbs guided Hibernian to Scottish Cup victory while Mark Warburton led Rangers to the Scottish League Cup.

Howard Wilkinson is on our list of the most successful English football managersYou have to go back to 2008 for the last time and English club lifted a top flight title or cup with an English boss at the helm, while there has only been one other since the turn of the millennium.

The last English manager to win the English top flight was in 1992.

And of the 23 managers to win one of the top prizes with English clubs since 1980, only four of them have been England manager.

Here’s our rundown of the English managers to enjoy ‘major’ success with English clubs, but who is the top of our list of the most successful English football managers.


Terry Venables in on our list of the most successful English football managersHarry Redknapp – FA Cup 2008
Steve McClaren – League Cup 2004 (plus Dutch League in 2010)
Brian Little – League Cup 1996
Joe Royle – FA Cup 1995
Roy Evans – League Cup 1995
Howard Wilkinson – Division One 1992
Terry Venables – FA Cup 1991 (plus Spanish League in 1984)
Bobby Gould – FA Cup 1988
Mick Harford – League Cup 1988
John Sillett – FA Cup 1987
Maurice Evans – League Cup 1986
Ken Brown – League Cup 1985
Ron Saunders – Division One 1981
Bobby Robson – UEFA Cup 1981 (plus Dutch League in 1991 and 1992, Portuguese Cup in 1994, Portuguese League in 1995 and 1996, Spanish Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup in 1997)
John Lyall – FA Cup 1980
John Barnwell – League Cup 1980
Tony Barton – European Cup 1980


Brian Clough is on our list of the most successful English football managersBrian Clough – European Cup 1980, League Cup 1989 and 1990
Joe Fagan – Division One, League Cup and European Cup 1984
Keith Burkinshaw – FA Cup 1981 and 1982, UEFA Cup 1984


Ron Atkinson – FA Cup 1983 and 1985, League Cup 1991 and 1994
Howard Kendall – Division One 1985 and 1987, FA Cup 1984, Cup Winners’ Cup 1985


Bob Paisley is on our list of the most successful English football managersBob Paisley – Division One 1980, 1982 and 1983, League Cup 1981, 1982 and 1983, European Cup 1981



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