Managers

Bill Shankly
FA Cup Status – Winner (Liverpool) 1965, 1974

Shankly began his managerial career with Carlisle in 1949, after two blistering years with Carlisle he moved to Grimsby and three years later moved onto Huddersfield. He was installed Liverpool manager in 1959 and had many successful seasons with them. He is remembered as one of Liverpool’s greatest ever managers. He managed Liverpool to FA Cup success in 1965 and 1974.

Alan Ashman
FA Cup Status – Winner 1968

In 1967, Ashman joined West Brom and his time at the midlands club was highly successful. He helped them win the FA Cup 9in 1968 after a great cup run. In 1971 he moved back to Carlisle and then managed Workington and Walsall.

Joe Mercer
FA Cup Status – Winner 1969

Mercer spent seven seasons in total with Manchester City and during his spell at the club he won the first division in 1968, the FA Cup in 1969, the league cup and European Cup winners cup in 1970. He managed Coventry City between 1972-75 and managed England for a one year period after that.

Bob Stokoe
FA Cup Status – Winner (Sunderland) 1973

Stokoe spent four years managing Bury between 1961-65 before short spells managing Carlisle and Blackpool. His greatest achievement by far must have occurred during the 1972-73 season as he managed second division club, Sunderland to victory in the 1973 FA Cup final over Leeds United. Two years later he helped Sunderland to promotion from the second to first division.

John Lyall
FA Cup Status – Winner (West Ham) 1975, 1980

In his first season managing West ham he carried them to FA Cup victory and was already an instant hero at Upton Park. Relegation to the second division in 1978 did not stop him from being successful as in 1980, despite playing in the second division, West ham won the FA Cup and won promotion back to the top flight the following season. In total Lyall spent 14 years managing West ham, meaning he is one of the longest serving managers ever to manage at the highest level.

Howard Kendall
FA Cup Status – Winner (Everton) 1984

Kendall’s managerial career commenced at Blackburn in 1979 as he was player manager for two season. In 1981 he was installed as player manager of Everton and became an instant success. He managed Everton to FA Cup glory in 1984 and followed that up by a fine record in his following season in charge, as Everton won the league and European Cup Winners Cup. During the 1985-86 season, Everton narrowly missed out on winning both the FA and league cups.

Ron Atkinson
FA Cup Status – Winner (Manchester United) 1983, 1985

After a successful period managing West Brom, Atkinson was installed manager of |Manchester united in 1981. Atkinson’s first major honour came with victory over Brighton in the 1983 FA Cup final, despite it having to come from a replay. United and Atkinson were unfortunate the following season not to win the European Cup winners cup as they stumbled out in the semi- finals. In 1985, he managed Manchester United once again to FA Cup victory, this time over Everton. He left the post in 1986 and moved back to West Brom. Atkinson had spells managing Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest afterwards.

Bobby Gould
FA Cup Status – Winner (Wimbledon) 1988

Gould started his managerial career with Bristol rover in the beginning of the 1980’s. In the summer of 1987, he moved to Wimbledon in their debut season inside the top flight of English football. His debut season at the club brought about one of the most famous domestic cup victories of any club in football history. His club, Wimbledon, beat Liverpool 1-0 in the 1988 FA Cup final, which to this day is regarded as one of the biggest shocks of all time.

Gerrard Houllier
FA Cup Status – Winner (Liverpool) 2001

Houllier was another of Liverpool’s highly successful managers. His finest season in charge of the club has to be regarded as the 2000 -2001 treble winning season. Liverpool won the FA Cup; league Cup and UEFA Cup under Houllier’s reign during that season. In total he spent six years managing Liverpool from 1998 – 2004. Houllier brought in many of the players which participated in Liverpool’s fine Champions League victory in 2005.

Rafael Benitez
FA Cup Status – Winner (Liverpool) 2006

Benitez moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2004 and his side got off to a bad start early on in the 2004-05 season, however a great run in the champions league had vastly improved their league performances and they beat AC Milan in the final of the Champions league in 2005. Liverpool were very successful the following season, he helped them to FA Cup victory in the final against West Ham.