Football managers with most matches in history

Football Managers has always played a major impact on football teams. Here we look at the eight most experienced of the lot with the most number of games under their belt. Undoubtedly Sir Alex Ferguson tops the charts with 2155 matches.
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 12:  Sir Alex Ferguson with the Premier League trophy after the Manchester United versus Swansea City FA Premier League match, the final home game for Sir Alex Ferguson as United manager, at Old Trafford on May 12th 2013 in Manchester (Photo by Tom Jenkins/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 12: Sir Alex Ferguson with the Premier League trophy after the Manchester United versus Swansea City FA Premier League match, the final home game for Sir Alex Ferguson as United manager, at Old Trafford on May 12th 2013 in Manchester (Photo by Tom Jenkins/Getty Images)

Football Managers play a huge role in a team's development and on-field performance. They help in building synergy between players. Certainly, clubs prefer managers with huge experience to support their profile. Here we see eight of those football managers who have the most matches under their belt.

List of football managers with most games (1000 or more)

1. Alex Ferguson (2155)

Alex Ferguson is a Scottish former football manager and player, widely known for managing Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. Ferguson is considered by many to be one of the greatest managers of all time and he has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of football. He has managed 2155 games in his career which is more than anybody in football history. He also has a win percentage of 58.1.
Sir Alex Ferguson has managed the following teams in his managerial career:

  • East Stirlingshire (1974)
  • St Mirren (1974-1978)
  • Scotland (1985-1986)
  • Aberdeen (1978-1986)
  • Manchester United (1986-2013)

2. Arsene Wenger (1701)

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Arsene Wenger is a French former football manager and player, who is FIFA's Chief of Global Football Development. He was the manager of Arsenal from 1996 to 2018, where he was the longest-serving and most successful in the club's history. Moreover, his contribution to English football through changes to scouting, players' training, and diet regimens revitalised Arsenal and aided the globalisation of the sport in the 21st century. Wenger has managed 1701 games in his career with a win percentage of 54.
He has managed the following teams in his managerial career:

  • Nancy (1984-1987)
  • Monaco (1987-1994)
  • Nagoya Grampus Eight (1995-1996)
  • Arsenal (1996-2018)

3. Graham Turner (1659)

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Graham John Turner is an English former footballer who became a manager later in his career. Certainly, he has managed a total of 1659 games in his career with a win percentage of 39.1. The teams he coached are as follows –

  • Shrewsbury Town (1978-1984)
  • Aston Villa (1984-1986)
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers (1986-1994)
  • Hereford United (1995-2009)
  • Shrewsbury Town (2010-2014)

4. Alec Stock (1618)

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Alec William Alfred Stock was an English footballer and also a manager. He played as an inside forward for Charlton Athletic and Queens Park Rangers before the Second World War. Moreover, he managed a whopping number of 1618 games in his career with a win percentage of 42.
The teams he managed are as follows:

  • 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)

5. Willie Maley (1612)

William Patrick Maley was a Scottish international football player and manager. He was the first manager of the Celtic Football Club and one of the most successful managers in Scottish football history. Moreover, he was a one-club man as he managed only Celtic in his career from 1897 to 1940. Maley has managed a total number of 1612 games in his career with an incredible win percentage of 64.5.

6. Dario Gradi (1557)

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Dario Gradi is an Italian-English former amateur football player, coach and also manager. Moreover, he has managed an incredible number of 1557 games with a win percentage of 36.9.
He has managed the following teams in his career:

  • Sutton United (1976-1977)
  • Wimbledon (1978-1981)
  • Crystal Palace (1981)
  • Crewe Alexandra (1983-2007, 2008, 2009-2011)

7. Neil Warnock (1545)

Neil Warnock is an English football manager and former player who is currently manager of the Championship club Middlesbrough. He is also a television and radio pundit. In a managerial career spanning five decades, Warnock has managed sixteen different clubs from the Premier League to non-league. He also holds the record for the most promotions in English football, with eight. Warnock features at number 7 in the list having managed 1545 games with a win rate of 40.06.
He has managed the following teams in his career:

  • 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-Present)

8. Fred Everiss (1520)

Fred Everiss was secretary-manager of the English football club West Bromwich Albion for 46 years from 1902 to 1948. He also became the director of the club after his retirement in 1948. He managed a total number of 1520 games with a win rate of 43.16%.

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