Football Managers


Football managers - Alex Ferguson.

Modern day football managers have the most stressful job in the game, the majority of them only a few poor results away from the sack and sitting ducks for both the media and fickle fans.

Read a selection of articles on past and present football managers and coaches. We have features on both club and international coaches, both the famous bosses and the not so famous.

Managers under the spotlight include:
Brian Clough, Alex Ferguson, Sven Goran Erikkson, Fabio Capello, Avram Grant, Guus Hiddink, Maradona, Takeshi Okada, Gus Poyet, Frank Rijkaard, Otto Rehhagel, Pim Verbeek, Ivica Osim, Bobby Robson, John Toshack, Miroslav Blazevic, Huh Jung-moo, Steve McClaren and many more.

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Graham Taylor

Graham Taylor sadly died of a heart attack in January 2017. Sean O'Conor looks back at the man and his career with Watford, Aston Villa and England.

Bob Bradley New Swansea Coach

Bob Bradley has become the first American to coach in the Premier League with Swansea City.

Ricardo Rambo

Ricardo Rambo is the Brazilian manager of South China in Hong Kong.

Abraham Garcia

Abraham Garcia current coach of Kitchee in Hong Kong and formerly academy coach at Real Madrid and Atletico in Spain.

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp addresses the vast amount of media attention that has followed his appointment at Anfield.

Radojko Avramovic

Radojko Avramovic - Former Notts County and Coventry City goalkeeper Radojko 'Raddy' Avramovic has been the boss of Singapore's national team since 2003.

Edgardo Bauza

Edgardo Bauza: the Argentine coach gives his last interview as coach of LDU Quito.

Rob Baan

Rob Baan: the experienced Dutchman is the FFA's new technical director and in charge of the development of youth football in Australia.

Miroslav Blazevic

Miroslav Blazevic: The manager who led Croatia to third place in the 1998 World Cup and the quarterfinals at the 1996 European Championships has announced his bid to run for president of his adopted homeland at the December 21st presidential elections.

Miron Bleiberg

Miron Bleiberg: Jose Mourinho has been a breath of fresh air in the English Premier League. Now meet Miron Bleiberg, the man who has had a similar effect in the Australian A-League with Queensland Roar.

Terry Butcher

Terry Butcher learns to relax at Sydney FC in Australia's A-League.

Peter Butler

Peter Butler began coaching at Halifax and has worked across South East Asia in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

Brian Clough


Legendary manager Brian Clough achieved great success at Nottingham Forest and Derby County. Sean O'Conor pays tribute to Clough who died in 2004. Peter Rodd remembers the impact Clough had at Derby County.

Betty Wong

Betty Wong is coach of the Hong Kong Women's national team.

A-Z Football Managers

Huh Jung-moo

Huh Jung-moo is appointed the new national team coach of South Korea to replace the departing Pim Verbeek.

Ian Crook

Ex-Spurs and Norwich City midfielder Ian Crook is now assistant coach at FC Sydney in the Australian A-League.

Iain Dowie

Charlton Athletic's coachIain Dowie is the first managerial casualty of the 2006-7 Premiership season.

Andy Egli

Ex-Grasshoppers defender Andy Egli is now coach at Busan I'Park in the South Korean K-League.

Gert Engels

German coach Gert Engels lead the J. League's Kyoto Purple Sanga to the first success in their history - the 2003 Emperor's Cup. He talked to Soccerphile in the season leading up to this success, after his controversial sacking at Sanga and again after his first win in charge of Urawa Reds.

Euro 2008 Coaches

Read profiles of all 16 Euro 2008 national team coaches. Beenhakker, Domenech, Donadoni, Hiddink, Loew et al.

Sven Goran Eriksson

The Sven Goran Eriksson era with the England national team is over: three quarterfinal losses, £25 million in wages and a lingering sense of disappointment.

Alex Ferguson

After years of unparalleled success, has Alex Ferguson lost the plot and the support of the fans? Is it time for Sir Alex to go?

Sir Alex Ferguson talks ahead of the 2008 Club World Cup in Japan.

Avram Grant

Avram Grant has yet to replace Jose Mourinho in the hearts of Chelsea fans.

Senol Gunes

Senol Gunes the coach of FC Seoul talks about a difficult first season.

Guus Hiddink

Miracle worker Guus Hiddink has done it again, after leading Holland and South Korea to the semi-finals of the World Cup, he's taken Australia to their first finals since 1974.

Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton and his calm, practical guidance is reaping rewards at St. James Park.

Hwang Sun-Hong

K-League Busan I'Park's Hwang Sun-Hong was a World Cup 2002 hero and as coach is now trying to restore Busan to its past glory.

Jang Woe-Ryeong

K-League Incheon United's innovative, young coach Jang Woe-Ryeong talks to Soccerphile about his ambitions to one day manage the national team.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann is keeping everyone waiting as he considers becoming the next coach of the US national soccer team.

Zlatko Kranjcar

Zlatko Kranjcar is an unlikely successor to the veteran Otto Baric at the helm of the Croatian national team. Unlikely not because of his lack of results or experience, but rather due to his image of a soft, sociable, good-humoured coach incapable of projecting real authority onto his footballers.

Josip Kuze

Josip Kuze, the experienced Croatian coach, talked to Soccerphile hours before his dismissal by J-League club JEF United.


Argentina coach Diego Maradona hits out at the press after his team qualifies for the 2010 World Cup.

Alex McCleish

Alex McCleish: Our correspondent profiles the Glasgow Rangers' manager Alex McCleish.

Ernie Merrick

Ernie Merrick, the Melbourne Victory coach, discusses his team's chances in the ACL.

Akira Nishino

Long-serving Gamba Osaka coach Akira Nishino talks about his team's performance after the Club World Cup.

Takeshi Okada

Japan's national team coach Takeshi Okada is under pressure to get Japan to the 2010 World Cup.

Ivica Osim

Japan's national team coach Ivica Osim meets the press ahead of the 2007 Asian Cup.

Steve Perryman

Ex-Tottenham and England midfielder Steve Perryman managed Shimizu S-Pulse and Kashiwa Reysol in Japan's J.League. Perryman talked to Soccerphile about his Japan experiences.

Ian Porterfield

Well-traveled coach Ian Porterfield discusses life in Korea's K. League with Busan I'cons.

Ange Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou the new Brisbane Roar coach is hitting back at his critics.

Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet is the new manager in charge at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp: The cockney coach is an old-style a manager as they come: Arrogant, strong-minded and unquestionably the boss.

Otto Rehhagel

Otto Rehhagel: the veteran German coach enjoyed considerable success in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen and Kaiserslautern, but his greatest triumph so far is leading underdogs Greece to an unlikely victory at Euro 2004.

Frank Rijkaard

Frank Rijkaard: Barcelona's Frank Rijkaard was short odds for the scrapheap himself at the same point last season, only for the former Sparta Rotterdam and Netherlands coach to soak up the pressure and fight back, offering us a blend of humour and authority, as well as precious hope for the future of big-time football, in the process.

Bobby Robson

Bobby Robson: Bobby Robson's death was an event charitably marked by the soccer world. Robson passed away from cancer at 76, leaving a legacy as one of the major coaches in recent European football.

Hugo Sanchez

Hugo Sanchez: The ex-Real Madrid legend's last game in charge of the Mexican national team was the 2-1 win over Ghana in a friendly at Fulham.

Blaz Sliskovic

Blaz Sliskovic: the Bosnian national team manager Blaz "Baka" Sliskovic holds a unique distinction in modern football: besides coaching Bosnia and Hercegovina, the 45-year old former soccer idol is Hajduk Split manager. Or, at least, he is sincerely trying to fulfill that dual role.

Henk Ten Cate

Henk Ten Cate moves to Chelsea as Avram Grant's assistant.

John Toshack

John Toshack: Wales' new coach John Toshack sets out to disprove two old adages; one that you never get a second chance in life and two that you should never go back.

Pim Verbeek

Pim Verbeek talks about his appointment for a second spell as South Korea's assistant coach for World Cup 2006 and his subsequent appointment as head coach after the tournament.

Robert Verbeek

Robert Verbeek talks about life as coach of J-League Omiya Ardija.

Sef Vergoosen

Sef Vergoosen - J-League Nagoya Grampus boss.

Aurelio Vidmar

Aurelio Vidmar talks about his appointment as interim coach of A-League Adelaide United.

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