What managers have earned rare first season success like Erik ten Hag?

Man United’s Carabao Cup win has earned Erik ten Hag a rare first season success, but what other managers have done the same? Jose Mourinho started a legacy, Mikel Arteta promised too much too soon and Juande Ramos gave Spurs their LAST trophy!

  • Erik ten Hag achieved the rare success of winning a trophy in his debut season
  • The manager has joined a small list of managers to have done the same
  • The list includes coaches such as Mikel Arteta, Jose Mourinho and Juande Ramos

Erik ten Hag became the first Manchester United manager since Jose Mourinho to win a trophy in his debut season after his side beat Newcastle 2-0 to lift the Carabao Cup on Sunday.

It is United’s first trophy in six years and Ten Hag is adamant it can inspire his team to go on to win even more.

With the Dutchman setting high standards early, there are growing expectations for what he can achieve at Old Trafford. But what have other managers who won a trophy in their first seasons in charge go on to do? Sportsmail takes a look…

 Erik ten Hag ended Manchester United’s six-year trophy drought with debut season success

Jose Mourinho – League Cup, Premier League (Chelsea), League Cup (Manchester United), Serie A (Inter Milan), UEFA Conference League (Roma) 

Ten Hag follows in the footsteps of a man who knows all about winning a trophy in his first season. Mourinho completed a League Cup and Premier League double with Chelsea in the 2004-2005 season, his first at Stamford Bridge.

He also managed the same feat at Inter Milan, winning Serie A and the Supercoppa Italia in the 2008-2009 campaign and at Roma he won the first ever UEFA Conference League in his debut season.

Mourinho is in his second campaign with Roma, who are fourth in Serie A but closely behind both Milan clubs. It remains to be seen whether the Portuguese boss has one more big move in him or whether a switch to international football could be on the cards.

Jose Mourinho completed a League Cup and Premier League double in his first year at Chelsea

Mikel Arteta – FA Cup (Arsenal) 

It feels like a long time since Mikel Arteta was holding the FA Cup trophy in an empty Wembley after beating Chelsea in the delayed final of 2020.

Arteta joined the Gunners mid-way through the season after Unai Emery was sacked and he quickly managed to win people over with a first piece of silverware in three years.

But it was far from plain sailing in his first two full seasons in charge, as Arsenal missed out on the Champions League with eighth and fifth place finishes.

Now, though, Arteta looks to be on track with the Gunners top of the Premier League table and on course to have their best season for some time.

Mikel Arteta led Arsenal to winning the FA Cup after beating Chelsea in the delayed 2020 final

Kenny Dalglish – First Division, FA Cup (Liverpool) 

Few great players go on to be great managers but Kenny Dalglish is a rare example.

The Scot took on the role of player-manager at Liverpool after Joe Fagan’s resignation. Despite the club going through difficulties off the pitch, Dalglish guided the Reds to a memorable double – beating Merseyside rivals Everton by two points in the League and by a margin of 3-1 in the FA Cup final.

Dalglish went on to win many more trophies with Liverpool before guiding Blackburn to a shock Premier League title win in 1995. Dalglish returned to Liverpool in 2011 for one season, winning the League Cup to give the club their first trophy in six years.

Kenny Dalglish took on the role of player-manager at Liverpool and found instant success

Juande Ramos – League Cup (Tottenham) 

Tottenham were in the relegation zone when Juande Ramos arrived in October 2007, so to go on to win a League Cup after just four months in charge was impressive.

But it would be the only trophy Ramos would manage at Spurs, with the Spaniard sacked the following year after the club’s worst ever start to a Premier League season.

Ramos went on to manage Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Malaga but failed to win silverware at any of the four clubs. Similarly, Tottenham have failed to win a trophy since Ramos’ departure.

Juande Ramos won the League Cup with Tottenham after just four months in charge of the club

Thomas Tuchel – Champions League (Chelsea) 

He may have joined mid-way through a season following the sacking of Frank Lampard, but Thomas Tuchel won arguably the biggest prize of all just five months into his stint as Chelsea manager.

But after his early success, Tuchel went on to lose League Cup and FA Cup finals against Liverpool in his first full season and a poor start to this term led to his sacking in September.

Tuchel has since been linked with jobs in the Premier League and abroad but remains out of work.

Thomas Tuchel won the Champions League with Chelsea in his first year but is now out of a job

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