10. Arsene Wenger 

With good cause, he is ranked above managers who have won more. A champion of style and athletic beauty, and, most importantly, a footballer you can trust. In the previous ten years, he has been pursued by every club in the world.

9. Miguel Munoz 

He took over a fantastic Real Madrid team and didn't have to do much from the bench as Puskas, Di Stefano, and the rest stuffed Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 to win the European Cup in his first season. He did, however, go on to win nine titles and build the 1966 European club champions.

8. Bela Guttman 

Jose Mourinho refers to himself as "one of a kind," yet it is this intelligent and aggressive Hungarian who is credited with developing the manager's cult. He was a pioneer of the offensive 4-2-4 formation, and his greatest success came at Benfica, where he signed Eusebio and won consecutive European Cups in the early 1960s.

He claimed, "The third season is lethal," but he rarely stayed long enough to find out.

7. Brian Clough

He would undoubtedly place himself at the top of the heap, and his achievements were remarkable. He made Nottingham Forest the finest team in Europe and Derby County the league champions.

What a pity he was never given the chance to showcase his abilities for England, but he might have rubbed everyone the wrong way like he did at Leeds.

6. Bob Paisley

The unassuming son of a County Durham miner would have been too modest to parade his great signings like Dalglish, Hansen, Souness, and Rush, despite being the only coach to have three European Cup medals—though, unfairly, no knighthood—the unassuming son of a County Durham miner would have been too modest to parade his great signings like Dalglish, Hansen, Souness, and Rush.

He once quipped, "Mind you, I wasn't only here for the good years." "We came in second place one year."

5. Bill Shankly

Shankly, the architect of another of football's great institutions, would very certainly have been a part of Liverpool's later European triumph if he hadn't resigned far too soon. It's difficult to believe that without his massive influence, Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan would have gone on to achieve their later successes.

4. Sir Alex Ferguson

He has constructed a modern-day monster out of Manchester United, and he has done so with teams of flair and adventure, after knocking over the Old Firm in Scotland. Even though he is a football legend, his resume will always be incomplete without that second European Cup. If we can hold on to that, we might be able to push him into the top three.

3. Ernst Happel 

The Austrian was a guy of few words but many trophies, having won league titles in four different countries (Holland, Belgium, Germany, and Austria). In 1978, he led Holland to the World Cup final.

But it's the fact that out-of-fashion Feyenoord and Hamburg have both won the European Cup; Happel was the unifying denominator. Clough himself might be impressed by that CV.

2. Sir Matt Busby 

If club-building is important, it's difficult to overlook the guy who took over as manager of Manchester United in 1946, when the stadium was practically a bomb crater. When he lost a fantastic team, and almost his own life, in the tragic tragedy of Munich, he faced the most arduous of all rebuilding efforts.

Although Fergie has won more trophies, was there ever a more deserving victory than United's European Cup success in 1968?

1. Michels, Rinus

FIFA awarded the Dutchman coach of the century in 1999, and he died in 2005. That organization, for once, knew what it was doing.

Michels, the founder of Total Football, won the European Cup with Ajax, the Spanish league with Barcelona, and Euro 88 with the Netherlands. He should have also won the World Cup in 1974. Furthermore, to watch his teams, you would have paid Wembley fees.

I chose these ten managers because they appear to be more deserving than others I am familiar with.