Neil Warnock has named former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as his greatest Premier League manager of all time.
Wenger, 70, spent over two decades with the Gunners before his departure in 2018 and has taken charge of more Premier League matches than any other manager (828).
In addition to leading the North London club to three titles, he remains the only boss to guide a team to an unbeaten season during the 2003-04 league campaign.
And Warnock, who has four decades of experience as a coach, put the former Arsenal boss at the top of his list due to his lasting impact on England’s top division.
The 71-year-old told TalkSport : “Since the Premier League started, if I was picking my top five managers I would put Arsene Wenger at 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 nutritionists, the fitness guys, videos, technology.
“So I think Wenger changed the whole course of it when he came into the Premier League.”
Rather than name Wenger’s long-time rival Sir Alex Ferguson in the number two spot, Warnock placed current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as his runner-up.
Despite only arriving in the Premier League in 2016, Guardiola has already established himself as one of the best managers to work in the top flight by helping Manchester City to new heights.
In addition to becoming the first team to finish with 100 points in the 2017-18 season, the Spaniard’s City side also claimed a historic domestic treble the following year.
“I saw his teams firsthand last year and I’ve never seen a team with that kind of movement,” Warnock explained.
“David Silva is the best player I’ve ever seen in the Premier League and I think Pep’s just taken it all on board. He’s had a few years so he’s been in front of a few, but I think he’s just amazing.”
“His influence on the parks and the lower down leagues has been fantastic, so I’d put Pep second”.
Warnock added to his controversial picks by naming current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp above both Mourinho and Ferguson on his list.
Manchester United legend Fergie remains the most successful manager of the Premier League era with 13 titles, while Mourinho is tied with Wenger in second with three triumphs across his two spells with Chelsea .
Although Klopp is yet to win the Premier League since joining the Reds in 2015, he has helped to re-establish the Merseyside club as a global powerhouse after finishing as runners-up and winning the Champions League last season.
The German is also on course to bring the league trophy to Anfield this time around, with his side already 14 points clear at the top of the table, and Warnock is confident it’s just the start.
He continued: “I would put 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 ten 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.
“Jose Mourinho is close. What I like about him is the way he deals with the media at the most difficult times, but I would still put him number five.”