The Economist put together the excellent chart above, making it clear just how impressive Sir Alex Ferguson's achievements at Manchester United were and how many managers Europe's other top clubs have gone through in their attempts to achieve what he has. The most stunning visual is that of the one little manager symbol beside Man United's name at the top. No other club (the highest earners in the 2011/12 season) has had less than six since 1992 and Real Madrid have the most at 20. Twenty!
Ferguson won more domestic league titles than all the others and, along with Bayern Munich's 15 managers, won 31 percent of the trophies available during his tenure. There aren't enough accolades for figures like that, but on the flip side, you have to wonder what will happen now in English football with that silverware clog finally gone.
Only one manager besides Ferguson has won back to back titles in the Premier League era and that's Jose Mourinho. Perhaps with his likely return to the league, he will become the trophy hoarder that Sir Alex has been. Or maybe Arsene Wenger will finally get the chance to end his eight-year drought. Whatever happens, change is coming and it should have a rejuvenating effect on the league.
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