Ferguson named greatest Football Manager

Sir Alex Ferguson may have a trophy cabinet bursting at the seams, but today football fans have awarded him with an extra-special title - the Greatest Football Manager ever.

Ferguson, who has been Manchester United manager for 22 years and scooped an incredible 33 titles in his managerial career there, topped the poll carried out by the makers of cult football management game Football Manager 2010 with 26 percent of the vote.

Sir Alex is followed by the late, great Sir Bobby Robson, the much-loved 'gentleman of football' whose managerial career saw him win over both fans and players at Ipswich Town, Newcastle United, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and of course England.

Legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly scored third spot for his efforts in taking the Reds from the Second Division to the upper echelons of English football.

While the infamous Brian Clough, whose spell at Leeds United was recently made into film The Damned United, took fourth place with eight percent.

Another Old Trafford legend, Sir Matt Busby, who despite Fergie's efforts still holds the record as the longest serving Manchester United manager of all time, was voted into fifth place.

The top 10 also included Sir Alf Ramsey, 'Special One' Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Bob Paisley with Jock Stein bringing up the rear.

The creators of Football Manager 2010 polled over 1,000 UK football fans to discover the Greatest Football Manager of all time for their Football Manager Hall Of Fame.

The nation's top 10 football managers of all time making it into the Football Manager Hall of Fame are:

1. Sir Alex Ferguson - 26% 2. Sir Bobby Robson - 14% 3. Bill Shankly - 9% 4. Brian Clough - 8% 5. Sir Matt Busby - 6% 6. Sir Alf Ramsey - 5% 7. Jose Mourinho - 4% 8. Arsene Wenger - 3% 9. Bob Paisley - 2% 10. Jock Stein - 1%

"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 clearly deserves his place at the top of this poll," said Miles Jacobson, Studio Director of Football Manager.

"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."

Football Manager(tm) 2010 for PC, Apple Macintosh and PSP will be released on October 30.