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“They are eggs that need a mum or, in this case, a dad to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the blanket and work and improve them.”
These were the words of legendary Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho this week when discussing his new young crop of players. Arguably one of the most charismatic managers to have graced the premiership, Mourinho is popular with both the media and the fans. So who else shares this presence in UK sport.
After doing some research here is my top five.
As mentioned above, Mourinho is one of a kind and has to get a big mention in this post. Not only has he coached one of the best teams in England, leading them to back to back premiership titles, but he has led some of the top teams in Europe to major trophies. In addition his love hate relationship with the media, fans and players has established him as one of the stand out leaders in football. Luckily for us he is now back doing his thing in the premiership.
Sir Dave Brailsford
Brailsford is the cycling supremo who led team GB to multiple gold medals at the Olympics and led team Sky to back to back Tour de France wins. He has guided British cyclists to the top of the world pecking order and has been an integral part in that success. Although he might not be as charismatic as Mourinho, his achievements alone create an atmosphere of success around the cycling boss.
Cockerill may be an unfamiliar name to those of you unaccustomed to the world of rugby. However when talking of a stand out manager in the Aviva premiership, Cockerill clearly stands out. Built like a Rhino, the ex player now manages Leicester, the most consistent rugby club in premiership history. Even when Leicester aren’t predicted to win the league they still seem to make it into the last four and can never be written off. Cockerill is the driving force behind this ‘never say die’ attitude. He is also one to share his views with officials, having been banned at the end of last season for ‘exchanging notes’ with the touch judge.
Current captain of the British Federation’s Cup team ,yet more famously know for being the mother of Andy Murray. Arguably lucky to have made the list, however her dedication to her son’s success and her heavy involvement in the continuing development of British Tennis ensures she gets a mention. Furthermore her piercing stare from the side of the court is enough to send a chill down anyone’s spine.
Although retired, the ex Manchester United boss still has to make the list. I don’t need to say why, his trophies say it all.
Who would your top five be? Let us know.