Town legends rank among all-time greats

IPSWICH Town have two former legends named today in a poll to discover Britain's greatest ever football manager.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town have two former legends named today in a poll to discover Britain's greatest ever football manager.

Sir Alex Ferguson came out on top in a poll carried out by the makers of football management game 'Football Manager 2010'.

The long-serving Manchester United boss, who has scooped 33 titles in his managerial career, is followed by former Town manager Sir Bobby Robson.

In sixth place is Sir Alf Ramsey, who led Town to the First Division title in 1961/62.

Robson, who died in July aged 76, led the Blues to success in the FA Cup (1978) and the UEFA Cup (1981) before following Ramsey and leaving Portman Road to find success as England manager.

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Robson also managed PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and latterly Newcastle United.

Liverpool manager Bill Shankly was voted third for taking the Reds from the Second Division to the upper echelons of English football, with Brian Clough fourth.

The creators of 'Football Manager 2010', which is released on October 30, polled over 1,000 UK football fans for their Football Manager Hall Of Fame.

Miles Jacobson, studio director of Football Manager, said: “As the most successful domestic manager in the history of English football and with a legion of fans around the globe and scores of titles, Sir Alex Ferguson clearly deserves his place at the top of this poll.

“The fact he can be a bit controversial - this is the man known as the 'Hairdryer' for his half-time outbursts - only makes football fans love him more.”

Greatest managers poll

Sir Alex Ferguson (26% of votes), Sir Bobby Robson (14%), Bill Shankly (9%), Brian Clough (8%), Sir Matt Busby (6%), Sir Alf Ramsey (5%), Jose Mourihno (4%), Arsene Wenger (3%), Bob Paisley (2%), Jock Stein (1%).

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