Arrigo Sacchi has defended the methods of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, who “prefers the result to the game”, and hailed the coaching credentials of Maurizio Sarri and Pep Guardiola.
The Premier League is currently blessed with an abundance of managerial talent, with the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino also plying their trade in English football.
All are chasing down the same goal, with each boasting different methods and a way of doing things.
The contrast in approaches is not always universally well received, with Mourinho – despite boasting a glittering CV – among those to have faced more uncomfortable questions this season.
Sacchi, though, knows what is required to reach the top, having spent time in charge of AC Milan and the Italy national side, and he believes criticism of a man only concerned with winning is wrong.
He told the Daily Mail: “Mourinho, Sarri and Guardiola are all three great coaches but they are different.
“When Mourinho does not win, people begin to say he has an old-fashioned style, but it isn't true.
“He is a coach who prefers the result to the game, but he's great: a great leader, very good tactically, an extraordinary character as a whole. The others are more like teachers.”
The teachings of Chelsea boss Sarri have earned him plenty of plaudits this season, with Sacchi conceding that a fellow Italian has been a big loss to Serie A after several years of success at Napoli.
He added: “Maurizio is doing a great job at Chelsea.
“He is a great loss and it is a pity for Italian football where most coaches rely heavily on their managerial skills, tactics and the qualities of the individual to remedy the collective poverty of ideas.
“This does not help to raise the level of the game which remains the same. So whoever has the best players wins.”
Among those to boast the best players in England at present is Guardiola, with Manchester City chasing down more major honours of the back of a record-setting 2017-18 campaign.
European glory is considered to be a top priority for the Blues, as they seek to make a mark among the continental elite, and Sacchi sees no reason why they cannot achieve that aim this term if they learn from mistakes of the past.
He said: “I cannot see into the future.
“If City were an orchestra I would listen carefully. They play with harmony, the right tempo and the correct movements. The experience is lacking to win the Champions League.
“To improve you have to take a risk. It is the base of every adventure. One has to evolve and innovate. When this road isn't followed you remain tied to the past.”