There are two kinds of football managers. The first are of the ilk of Sir Alex Ferguson, who create footballing dynasties over time by building clubs from their foundations. The second kind are the Jose Mourinhos, who relocate with a frequency comparable to that of Sir Alex’s gum chewing exploits and find success wherever they set up base. Before Mourinho, there was Trapattoni, and before them all was Ernst Happel, the original wanderer.
Ernst Happel won the league title in four different countries and was the first manager to conquer Europe with two different teams. He is most fondly remembered for his successful stints with Feyenoord Rotterdam and Hamburg SV, achieving European success with both clubs. An extremely strict disciplinarian, Happel was a firm believer in the credibility of actions over words. He also guided the Netherlands to 2nd place in the 1978 World Cup. In the final against eventual winners Argentina, he delivered one of the most memorable pre-match pep talks which accurately summarizes the man and the manager. It consisted all of three words: ’Gentlemen, two points.’