The FA Cup is no longer the most sought after trophy in English football but it still remains the oldest and most prestigious football cup in world football. A number of top clubs may now hold the Premier League and Champions League in higher regard but for many other teams the competition is of great importance. Throughout its 140 year history the competition has produced a plethora of memorable moments, stunning goals and shock upsets. Winning the competition is still a must for all players plying their trade in English football and one trophy that all managers will want on their CV.
Scotland's George Ramsay holds the record for the most amount of FA Cup wins with six, claiming all of them while in charge of Aston Villa. Sir Alex Ferguson has a total of five with Manchester United, a number he shares with Thomas Mitchell who won the competition five times with Blackburn Rovers in the 19th Century. John Nicholson is the highest ranked Englishman with a total of four wins, achieved with Sheffield Utd in the last 19th and early 20th century. Meanwhile Arsene Wenger, who also has four wins, is the only manager outside of the UK to have won the FA Cup more than once.
Only two managers have won the FA Cup with more than one club, with Herbert Chapman victorious with Huddersfield Town and Arsenal, while Billy Walker recorded wins win Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest.
Only one English manager has won the FA Cup in the last 17 years, with Harry Redknapp guiding Portsmouth to a surprise win in 2008. The last three winners have all been Italian, including Roberto Di Matteo who last season guided Chelsea to their fourth FA Cup in six years.
Since the turn of the century the debate about the importance of the FA Cup has been a key talking point as many teams have the league their priority. Teams fighting for the title, promotion or relegation have been known to field weakened teams in the cup which has taken some of the sparkle out of the competition. Man Utd and Sir Alex Ferguson were heavily criticised for not entering during the 1999/2000 season, something which has not happened again since.
FA Cup Winning Managers Since 2000
2000: Gianluca Vialli (Chelsea)
2001: Gérard Houllier (Liverpool)
2002: Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)
2003: Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)
2004: Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
2005: Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)
2006: Rafael Benítez (Liverpool)
2007: José Mourinho (Chelsea)
2008: Harry Redknapp (Portsmouth)
2009: Guus Hiddink (Chelsea)
2010: Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea)
2011: Roberto Mancini (Manchester City)
2012: Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea)