Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are all names mentioned when talking about the Premier League’s greatest ever. Ferguson is the most successful Premier League manager off all-time, achieving an astounding 13 titles as Manchester United boss, whilst Wenger and Mourinho have three each.
However, football is an ever-changing landscape which is constantly being reshaped and altered, affecting the way in which the beautiful game is played and managed. These changes have brought the Premier League into a new era. An era where the ways in which football was previously managed and coached are expiring, as the greats depart the game every year.
This fact raises questions of whether or not the styles of these legendary figures fit into the new generation of England’s top tier, as Antonio Conte, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have taken over in recent times.
Although Mourinho is still managing at the top levels of English football, he is nowhere near as successful as he once was with his record-breaking Chelsea side, after an unsuccessful period with Manchester United and struggling Tottenham Hotspur squad.
Clubs are easing into things over the long run now, rather than preparing for immediate responses. Frank Lampard, Ole Gunnar Solskajer and Mikel Arteta are just three names making a name for themselves at the top, rather than screaming for the experienced heads of the world.
Time will tell if this new blueprint of managerial appointments works, but there can be no denying that it has well and truly changed the game. Spurs altered the landscape by hiring Mauricio Pochettino, but went back on their word by hiring Mourinho, which only shows how the younger men are the difference in today's game.
Here, we look at this new Premier League era and managing blueprint.