Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have been recognized as the Premier League’s inaugural Hall of Fame coaches after 16 players were inducted
The Premier League Hall of Fame has included Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger as the first-ever managers to be inducted since its establishment in 2021.
Ferguson, who led Manchester United from the beginning of the Premier League period until he retired in 2013, holds the record for the most titles won, with 13 to his credit.
During his record-breaking reign from 1996 to 2018, Arsene Wenger guided Arsenal to three championships in the Premier League, making him the longest-serving manager in the history of the competition.
Pep Guardiola, the current manager of Manchester City, and Jose Mourinho, the coach of Roma, are the only other managers apart from Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger to have won multiple titles in the Premier League. Guardiola has won four titles, while Mourinho has won three.
Rivals Wenger and Ferguson join the Hall of Fame
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “We are delighted to welcome our first two managers into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
“Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger both made a remarkable contribution to the history of football in this country.
“They brought unparalleled levels of success to Manchester United and Arsenal respectively, raising standards and thrilling fans with a rivalry which resulted in an astonishing 16 title wins between them.”
Ferguson added: “I’m truly delighted to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. It’s an honour when you receive recognition like this.
“However, it’s not just about me as a person. It’s about the job at Manchester United and the bond we had over many years, so I’m also proud for the club, the staff and my players.
“My job was to send the fans home happy. United’s history and my own expectations were the things that drove me, and I then had to try and develop all my players with the same expectations and make sure we could go out and achieve them.”
Wenger said: “I am very grateful to have been selected for the Premier League Hall of Fame.
“We always wanted to give something special to the fans, and when you have players capable of remarkable things, the most important thing for me is the obligation of perfection.
“I’d like to be known as someone who loved Arsenal, who respected the values of the club and left it in a position where it can grow and become even bigger.”