Thomas Swan has been an avid fan of the English Premier League and European football for more than 20 years.
Who Are the Best Football Managers?
Managing a football team requires a diverse array of talents and a substantial knowledge of the game. As well as being tactically astute, managers should be able to work individually with players to motivate and discipline them. Their instructions need to be communicated effectively, and they must anticipate the physical and psychological condition of their players. Of special importance is a manager's ability to make intelligent substitutions and tactical changes during matches.
As a prerequisite, managers need to earn the respect of their players by leading them competently. Many talented tacticians fail because they don't have the authority to lead. It takes a special kind of individual to be both an artist and a drill sergeant. The following list of managers epitomize this character and have translated their ability into remarkable success in the football world.
10. Mircea Lucescu
Full name: Mircea Lucescu
Date of birth: July 29, 1945
Mircea Lucescu managed Shakhtar Donetsk from 2004 to 2016, guiding the Ukrainian team to every domestic trophy and the 2009 UEFA Cup. Under his tenure, Shakhtar became a formidable force in European football, reaching the quarterfinals of the Champions League in 2011. Lucescu has won 12 league titles and nine domestic cups during his time in Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine. In 2016, he left to manage the Russian club, Zenit St. Petersburg. He has gone on to manage the Turkish national side, and was appointed Dinamo Kiev manager in 2020.
9. Arsène Wenger
Full name: Arsène Charles Ernest Wenger
Date of birth: October 22, 1949
Arsène Wenger managed Arsenal for 22 years. He advocates an attacking and flowing style of football, which made the club a favorite with neutral supporters. He has been criticized for his trust in youth and his reluctance to bring in big names. Despite a lack of recent achievements, Wenger kept Arsenal in the top group of English football for two decades, winning three league titles, seven FA Cups, and reaching the Champions League final in 2006. One of his Arsenal teams went an entire season unbeaten in 2003–04. Wenger also won a league title and domestic cup with Monaco.
8. Pep Guardiola
Full name: Josep Guardiola Sala
Date of birth: January 18, 1971
After a distinguished career as a defensive midfielder for Barcelona, Josep Guardiola was elevated to manager of the club's B team in 2007. One year later, he was made first team boss. After making drastic and risky changes to Barcelona's first team and footballing strategy, the club won the treble in his first season. Pep went on to win three La Liga titles, two domestic cups, three Super cups, two Champions Leagues, two European super cups, and two World club cups, claiming a total of 14 trophies in four seasons.
Guardiola then took a year out to recover before becoming Bayern Munich manager in 2013. He won the domestic double in his first season, and again in 2016, but never reached a Champions League final in his three years at the club.
In all, he claimed a further seven trophies with Bayern. In 2016, he took over at big-spending Manchester City and, after a season without a trophy, won the league in emphatic fashion, recording the most points, wins, and goals of any team in Premier League history. In the following season, he became the first manager to win the domestic treble. Guardiola's teams are known for keeping possession, pressing relentlessly, and their sublime creativity.
7. Marcello Lippi
Full name: Marcello Romeo Lippi
Date of birth: April 12, 1948
Marcello Lippi led an unfancied Italian side to victory in the 2006 World Cup. He was also responsible for the domination of Italian football by Juventus in the late 1990s. His management style focuses on team strength and unity rather than individual talent and ego. He won five league titles, one domestic cup, and the 1996 Champions League with Juventus. Lippi is nearing the end of his career and most recently managed the Chinese national team.
6. Antonio Conte
Full name: Antonio Conte
Date of birth: July 31, 1969
Antonio Conte is a former Italian footballer who spent most of his career at Juventus and represented his country 20 times. His work-rate as a player mirrors the effort he now expects from the players he manages. Conte plays with wing-backs in a 5-3-2 formation and picks players who are versatile enough to suit his system.
During the 2011–12 season, he led Juventus to the Serie A title without losing a single game. Conte stayed at Juventus for three years, winning Serie A in each season before managing Italy for their Euro 2016 campaign. His team knocked Spain out of the tournament but narrowly lost to Germany on penalties. Conte then joined Chelsea in 2016 and won the Premier League in his first season, claiming a (then) record 30 league victories. He went on to win the 2018 FA Cup before taking over at Inter Milan in 2019. Antonio Conte has a long career ahead of him and is likely to become one of the greatest managers of all time.
5. Diego Simeone
Full name: Diego Pablo Simeone González
Date of birth: April 28, 1970
Diego Simeone is perhaps the most sought-after rising star in the football management world. Before becoming notorious as manager of Atletico Madrid, he won two league titles in his native Argentina. On his arrival in Spain, he galvanized an underachieving Atletico side and took them to fifth in the league. He also guided them to victory in the 2012 Europa League.
In his first full season as manager, his team thrashed Chelsea in the European Super Cup before winning the 2013 Spanish domestic cup. Next came Simeone's greatest achievement as Atletico Madrid manager: winning the 2014 Spanish league title by finishing ahead of both Barcelona and Real Madrid. Simeone's ongoing European success has only been limited by narrow defeats to Real Madrid in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals. However, his Atletico team won both the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup in 2018.
4. Jürgen Klopp
Full name: Jürgen Norbert Klopp
Date of birth: 16 June 1967
Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, is no longer a rising star in the football world. He has well and truly arrived. Early in his career, Klopp transformed the fortunes of Borussia Dortmund, bringing them league titles in 2011 and 2012, and the German Cup in 2012. Klopp's reign ended the undisputed dominance of Bayern Munich and reestablished Dortmund as a major force in European football. He assembled an excellent team in all positions and favored a quick style of counter-attacking football that was quite similar to Arsenal (in their better years). Dortmund went on a 28-match unbeaten streak in 2012, and Klopp's side also reached the 2013 Champions League final.
After taking over at Liverpool, Klopp took the club to three cup finals, including the 2018 Champions League, but was defeated in each. Klopp then won the 2019 Champions League final, beginning his trophy haul. He went on to win the UEFA Super Cup, World Club Cup, and the 2020 Premier League, the latter ending Liverpool's 30 year wait for another league triumph.
3. Louis Van Gaal
Full name: Aloysius Paulus Maria Van Gaal
Date of birth: August 8, 1951
Known for his direct style of football, Louis Van Gaal is also a strict disciplinarian. Described as proud and arrogant, he uses a fusion of artistry and authority that has brought him astounding success as a manager. With Ajax, he won the 1995 Champions League, the 1992 UEFA Cup, three league titles, and one domestic cup. At Barcelona and Bayern Munich, he added three more league titles and one domestic cup.
Incredibly, he also led AZ to the Dutch league title in 2009. Van Gaal then guided a much belittled Dutch side to third place in the 2014 World Cup before taking over as Manchester United manager. His disappointing spell at United nevertheless included an FA Cup win.
2. José Mourinho
Full name: José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix
Date of birth: January 26, 1963
Portuguese coach José Mourinho is known for his well-organized defenses and the physical strength of his teams. He was a teacher of physical education before earning invaluable coaching experience under legends Bobby Robson and Louis Van Gaal.
He has won eight league titles and four domestic cups with Porto, Chelsea, Inter, and Real Madrid. He also won the 2003 UEFA Cup and the 2004 Champions League with Porto, the 2010 Champions League with Inter, and the 2017 Europa League with Manchester United. After a mixed second spell at Chelsea, Mourinho became Manchester United manager at the start of the 2016–17 season and took them back into the Champions League by winning the 2017 Europa League. However, he was sacked at the end of 2018 after poor league form. Mourinho took over at Tottenham in 2019.
1. Carlo Ancelotti
Full name: Carlo Ancelotti
Date of birth: June 10, 1959
When Carlo Ancelotti won the 2014 Champions League with Real Madrid, he became the only currently active manager to have won the tournament three times. Previously, he had won it twice with Milan in 2003 and 2007. Ancelotti's illustrious career includes league triumphs in Italy, England, France, and Germany, with Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich respectively. He has also claimed domestic cups with Milan, Chelsea, and Real Madrid. Ancelotti surprisingly took over at English club, Everton, in 2020 and has already improved their form.
Ancelotti's management style is one of versatility and adaptability. He plays formations that suit the attributes of his players. With 20 trophies to his name, he is one of the most decorated managers on this list.
Why Is Guardiola Not Ranked Higher?
Some readers may be surprised that Pep Guardiola was ranked eighth on this list. However, it's clear that Pep needs to test himself at lesser clubs before his ability can be properly judged. Not reaching a Champions League final in three years at Bayern Munich suggests he may be overrated. In fact, he has not won a Champions League since 2011 (as of 2020). However, his record-breaking second season at Manchester City is proof that he's talented enough for this list.
Football managers captivate audiences around the world with their touchline antics. They are an unpredictable and sometimes mysterious part of the beautiful game.
There are a number of talented managers who were not featured in this list. Honorable mentions go to:
- Zinedine Zidane
- Marcelo Bielsa
- Manuel Pellegrini
- Ralf Rangnick
- Muricy Ramalho
- Unai Emery
- Óscar Tabárez
- Walter Mazzarri
- Claudio Ranieri
- Rafa Benítez
- Vicente del Bosque
- Fabio Capello
Traits of Successful Football Managers
Football management requires a unique variety of skills and psychological traits. It is not simply a matter of defensive or attacking philosophy. The best football managers value team unity, hard work, organization, and harsh discipline. Thanks for reading; I hope you enjoyed this compilation. If you have thoughts about other managers who you think should have been included on this list, please comment below.
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© 2013 Thomas Swan
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on October 08, 2020:
Thank you all for your comments. I have given Zinedine Zidane and Marcelo Bielsa honorable mentions. While respected, Bielsa has not won many trophies. The opposite is true of Zidane, who was extremely successful in a short period of time at a huge club, but that is not a great test of his ability. I would need to see how he does over a longer period of time, and perhaps, also, at other/lesser clubs.
I also moved Klopp up to #4, and Wenger down to #9.
Finally, this is a reminder that Sir Alex retired in 2013. He was number 1 when this list first came out. I try to keep it current, otherwise we might as well include great managers from the 70s such as Bob Paisley. Having said that, Van Gaal recently "retired" but I'll believe that if he stays out a bit longer!
Anoop Unnikrishnan on September 10, 2020:
You missed out the best manager- EL loco
Rohan on September 03, 2020:
What about Sir Alex Ferguson
ransford on July 31, 2020:
why not zidane
Enrique Mthupha on July 21, 2020:
I think it's time to remove LVG as you stated you trying to keep the list with currently active managers. LVG has retired hehe
danesh on July 04, 2020:
why is not Alex Furgerson in it
Fredy Marcelo on July 02, 2020:
Exactly About The Special One Position
John on July 01, 2020:
Pep 1 and jugen 2, Jurgen klopp is overrated
Samuel Williams on May 16, 2020:
Jose Mourinho is my best manager ever since 1997 till now.
Arsenal forever on May 10, 2020:
Jurgen 1 Pep 2 and no Wenger pls
Yo Mama! on February 06, 2020:
This sucks becuase you don't even put Sir. Alex Fergusonin the top 10 and he won 38 trophies in 26 years with MU.
Isak Eliah on January 14, 2020:
Jurgen Klopp should be nr 1
Farouk samuali on January 13, 2020:
A few problems in this list:
1.Rodgers in top 7
2.No Jose because of lack of manners
3.Zidane top 7 definitely 3 UCL’s in a row
4.Coming from an Arsenal fan Klopp is the no.1
Daniele pavino on December 08, 2019:
Iscodisco on November 25, 2019:
Where is Zidane
William on November 23, 2019:
How is klopp only 9th?
Richie on November 15, 2019:
Im sorry but, you need to add "right now" to the title!
You will never know... on November 14, 2019:
Where is Sir Alex Ferguson?!?!???
Rick James on September 06, 2019:
Pep might be the most underrated coach for the last years. When he took Barcelona the team was already kicking butt and takin' names. It felt like they could play with their eyes closed.
Tiki-taka style was originally created by the legendary Cruyff and implemented in the La Masia youth squads, where most of the key players of the 2008 Barca came from.
When he took Bayern, they had won the Champions League and the domestic stuff the year before. And Manchester City... Has only spent 1,2 Billion POUNDS since Khaldoon Al Mubarak took over in 2008. Even your local football team
Saying that Pep Guardiola is the best coach is just... For the lack of a better word... Retarded. Especially when you have guys like Mourinho who've won UEFA and Champions with underdogs like FC Porto where he even signed players that were on the rival's RESERVE squads, like Maniche who at that time was playing for Benfica B.
He's definitely a good coach but people who've been here long enough and can see through the hype have no trouble whatsoever picking at least 10 names that are better than him when it comes down to manage a team.
Wudneh on August 25, 2019:
Pep Should Be #1
Kings on August 11, 2019:
Rubbish list. Pep should be number one
Deeni on July 07, 2019:
Pep should be number 1, while Sir Alex should be number 2. Imagine Arsene Wenger on number 4.
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on May 14, 2019:
Ferguson has been retired for a long time. If we can have any manager from all of history, then why not Bob Paisley? I try to keep this a list of currently active managers only.
Stewart Potter on May 14, 2019:
How can Alex Ferguson not be on this list & top of it?
elisha on May 01, 2019:
where is sir alex ferguson
julia on April 22, 2019:
what about allegri
bxbdndb on April 06, 2019:
Guardiola is #1 for me. He has been the reason behind Barcelona's success in having HISTORY's best striker,midfielder and defender(Messi,Xavi and Puyol).Also Tiki Taka, possessing the ball very well and humilating Real Madrid
Tele Santana on March 30, 2019:
Guardiola is overrated , he’s a good manager but not great , and far from being number one . He’s spoilt , he’s never coached a lesser team , and for the most part with the absurd endless funds he’s got at his disposal he should be wining the champions league many more times .
joash on December 18, 2018:
I guess sir Alex should be the leading among the named managers he has done a lot to the United's
Active_reflection on November 07, 2018:
Where is Sir Alex Ferguson?
Myalo on October 27, 2018:
Sir Alex Ferguson isn't here
He managed one team and won several titles with Manchester united
If Wenger is here , he should be ahead of him
Emmanuel Madube on October 26, 2018:
Pep Guardiola should definitely be number 1!
Gem Rubiny on April 21, 2018:
Hey, how comes Wenger is in the list, but Alex Ferguson is not even a honorable mention???
Mohammed Mossaad on February 09, 2018:
Pep Guardiola should definitely be number 1!
This season proves that he is much more talented than Mourinho.
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on December 23, 2017:
By popular demand (and his recent achievements at City) Pep Guardiola is now included in this list. Thank you for your comments everyone!
Thank you especially for your comment David. I've included Rafa Benitez in the honorable mentions.
Manuel Pellegrini has dropped out of the top 10 for now.
nbn on December 20, 2017:
Where is guardiola such a genuines man
hoa on November 29, 2017:
where is pep guardiola ?
David Cartier on September 18, 2017:
Great list, I completely agree with the decision to exclude Guardiola.
Firstly anyone wins the league with Bayern Munich. Secondary do all football pundits and fans have short-term memory loss, a gentle reminder:
At Barcelona Guardiola "took" Rijkaard's formation and tactics. All that he added was the high press which Del Bosque was implementing with the Spanish squad. Another proof for him to be considered highly overrated both Rijkaard and Luis Enrique won Champions league titles either side of Guardiola's reign, showing how any team with Xavi, Iniesta, and Messi at their peaks is unstoppable.
On a separate matter, I would consider the inclusion of Rafa Benetiz. Honours speak for themselves but he has practically overachieved at every club he has been at. He is often overlooked for his pragmatic approach and his anti-social character, but along with Wenger changed the Premier league.
1) When Benitez was appointed at Liverpool he was laughed at because he used to rotate his squad, now every premier league team does it. Benitez argued it ensures his top players were at optimum levels for big games.
2) When questioned about the English game Benitez stated the level of the reserve leagues were shocking. He explained why the National team could not win anything as the gap in competition between first team and reserves was massive. Therefore reserve players and young players would be the most affected, most of those players were English. Since 2005 when he stated this, English football has built up to a high standard of competitive reserve leagues. The results are players becoming later bloomers. The gap for competitiveness has shrunk using this methodology, fringe players are sharper and generally reserve football levels have improved giving more chances to develop younger players. These players are primarily English hence improving the outlook of the future for the National squad.
3) Benitez has won a trophy at every club he has been at. Many major trophies n that list too. Champions League, UEFA Cup and La Liga.
He is the only manager in history to have won the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Benitez is way underrated and Guardiola is way overrated, still a great list.
Desmond on July 20, 2017:
What of Zidane champoins league double historic?
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on July 19, 2017:
Guardiola has yet to prove himself worthy. Managing the best team in the world, with Lionel Messi at his peak, wasn't difficult. Then moving to the new best team in the world (Bayern, after the great work of Jupp Heynckes), and not even getting them to a Champions League final for 3 years, was less than impressive. In his first season at Man City, he barely got them into the top 4, despite massive resources. He'd need to win the Premier League a couple of times, or reach a CL final, before I'd consider him.
As for Alex Ferguson, he retired long ago. I try to keep the list current.
M.Yalezo on July 17, 2017:
What about Pep guardiola?
lolwut on July 06, 2017:
Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola?
Socrates Tículos on June 06, 2017:
Louis Van Gaal over Guardiola, ok.
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on May 29, 2017:
Updated to include Antonio Conte. He was effectively 11th for last season, but has to be included now after winning the Premier League in his first year in England. Removed Otto Rehhagel who's been retired a while.
Jake on March 23, 2017:
ROFL Arsene forever 4th.
Amara on February 16, 2017:
I fully agree with the entire ruling based upon the criteria.
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on October 02, 2016:
I remove managers from the list who've been retired a long time. Ferguson was originally #1. I removed him a couple of years ago. Just removed Ottmar Hitzfeld too.
James on October 02, 2016:
I'm a gunner through and through. But where the hell is Ferguson
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on August 20, 2016:
Thanks for the recent comments guys. I've wanted to put Diego Simeone in this list for some time. Now I've finally updated it, Simeone is at #5.
I removed Ottmar Hitzfeld who retired a couple of years ago and doesn't look like coming back. I moved Mourinho to #2 after his disappointing season at Chelsea and put Ancelotti at #1. Ancelotti has been consistently better imo, and has 3 CL wins. Claudio Ranieni has an honorable mention now. Him and Conte are close to being in this list.
Alex Ferguson is long retired, which is why he isn't on here.
Guardiola needs to prove himself at a lesser club. I'm glad you agree with me `Lilbudi'. He took charge at Barca just as Messi was reaching his peak. They were the best team in the world. Then, just as Jupp Heynkes makes a better Bayern side, and wins the CL, look who takes over: Guardiola! Yet, in 3 years, he couldn't even get them to a CL final. If it had gone on any longer, more people would have started questioning him. He's always had the best players to work with, but his time at Bayern was a failure imo. City will be a bit more of a test, but he'll still have massive resources to play with.
Sarkis on August 20, 2016:
What about diego simeone? ?
Saeed on August 07, 2016:
Where's Alex Ferguson
LilBudi on July 25, 2016:
Finally, someone agrees with me that Guardiola needs to prove at a smaller club.
Expected to win champions league at Bayern due to him being called the best manager but he failed.
To me he is a solid manager that has the best players and teams to work with, and this is the reason why he wins trophies.
People think this is why Luis Enrique,current boss of Barca wins, but the same should also be said about Guardiola.
Unknown on June 27, 2016:
No Guardiola? You're either bitter or just really really clueless.
FootballNut on December 15, 2015:
Jose Mourinho at number one?
I believe how good a manager is, all depends on what players he or she has.
For example, if Sir Alex Ferguson never had the players that come through the Manchester United ranks back in the early 1990's would he have been successful?
It was thanks to the youth that came through that attracted other top players from around the world to Manchester United. If Ferguson never had that group of players come through in the early 90's, it is possible that he would not have signed world class players on an ongoing basis as Manchester United would not have appealed to such players.
Yes, managers help guide players and name the teams based on who is available and who is not, it is not really a hard task to pick who is best to play against certain teams.
It backs it up this season, Mourinho is the best manager in the world, he is a genius and so on, if that is the case then why is his team sitting 2 points from relegation nearly half way through the season? If he was a genius, or if managers are so great in general he would have pulled Chelsea out of that situation weeks ago, he does not have performing players so he looks like an average manager. Players have control of what managers are deemed good and what managers are deemed average, if managers were in control of how great they are Jose would be doing great things currently, but he can't because the players can't be bothered.
SHANTANU on November 26, 2015:
why not sir alexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Joseph Santacruz from Warsaw, Poland on January 11, 2015:
Good stuff.... here's a small article about Manu, in case you want to check it out :)
Kamrul Hasan from Dhaka on December 01, 2014:
hm, i see. But Thomas what About Arsène Wenger? He is loyal but I guess can't tell that he is one of the best. Can we? If you really think about winning CL.
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on December 01, 2014:
Thanks for commenting worldsoccer. I removed Alex Ferguson some time after he retired. Unlike my other articles, this is about the best current managers. Though, Hitzfeld has retired now I think, so it might need updating further. Perhaps Guardiola will go in if he wins the CL this year.
Kamrul Hasan from Dhaka on December 01, 2014:
Thanks for sharing it. But I was expecting Sir Alex Ferguson! Hope you have a reason.
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on July 31, 2014:
Hi Samuel, I think a lot of managers could have taken that Barca team and won some trophies. Heck, I probably could have! When his team was finally humiliated and displaced at the top of European football, where did he go?... to the team that displaced them. What did he achieve there?... well, he got comprehensively beaten by Real Madrid in the CL semis. I wouldn't say he's made them a better team. Nevertheless, Pep needs to manage a lesser club or it'll be near-impossible to properly judge his talent. The best managers prove their ability, like Mourinho at Porto and Inter, Van Gaal at AZ or Holland, Rehhagel with Greece, etc.
samuel on April 11, 2014:
I hate barca.. still i would ask you.. Where is the hell is guardiola !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on November 06, 2013:
Thank you Richard and tmheffernan for commenting.
tmheffernan from Middle East on November 06, 2013:
Thomas you know your football and your top tens a great read.
Richard-Murray on October 14, 2013:
SAF is a great manager but in truth if we are going to stick with managers who work with low teams and actually have them overreach beyond the pundits, I would have to say in the past few years roberto martinez has done a great job. Top clubs should do great and usually do great but out of spain, england, france, italy, and germany, which country has had a truly low side when a trophy: wigan and swansea and saint ettient. atletico madrid isn't a little side. lazio isn't little. Saint ettiene is barely little.
Thank you, Porto was the cheapest side to win the UEFA CL since porto won it, a bnch of kids, and as for Inter, that was a very aged side relatively to the age ranges outside of italy that won it all. And, Barca is a high price team, I don't know where this idea of a low wage team with barca comes from. Klopp has done very well, but the truth is, being a successful manager is a blend of everything: fitness bug [which we undervalue in teams performances], players's skill sets and style in the coaches system, the coaches system and management/sacrifice of tournaments.
and when you look at Gervinho who is being played by his former lille coach at roma the way he likes, you have to argue against wenger. And I still feel that walcott's career was hurt sticking with wenger.
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on October 14, 2013:
Thanks PositronWildhawk. I suppose Mourinho has had a lot of money down the years, though his two greatest successes were with Porto and Inter. Those teams didn't look capable of doing what he got them to do. Klopp looks to be a great manager, but he hasn't been around long enough yet. As an Arsenal fan, I don't know if I could put Wenger higher without being brought into question myself! His longevity and consistency has been good, but 8 years without a trophy can't be ignored. The silly wage policy, and playing people out of position has riled me a bit too. Many people have been saying that the techniques he brought to England have been replicated by all the other top clubs now. Everyone has their European scouting networks, and a desire to play beautiful football now. I think Guardiola was continuing with what Barca had in place before him though, and he did seem to benefit from the emergence of Messi too.
PositronWildhawk from London on October 13, 2013:
Great hub! Although I think when it comes to comparing managers you have to consider money spent. Mourinho has had a lot of success but wherever he's gone he's always had a fat wallet to empty and for that reason I'd have him further down. On that note I'd also have Wenger and Klopp further up. In addition I'd have Guardiola in there somewhere. I know he's not prove himself at another club but the success he had at Barca was phenomenal. I think the fact they relied on a team game instead of individual brilliance shows the quality of the manager. However cannot disagree with SAF! Best manager there has been and probably ever will be.
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on August 26, 2013:
Thank Kiberd. The problem with Pep is he's gone to the one team who have become better than Barca, which makes me think he won't be tested there either. However, the previous manager set a high level, so he at least has to maintain that. Harry is decent enough, but I think most would disagree with you on that. His flop with QPR didn't do him any favors, and his failure to secure the Champions League for Spurs wasn't great either. He did alright at Portsmouth though. I don't think many of those managers will be entering the top 10. Moyes will never be SAF, Guardiola doesn't challenge himself, Martinez is stuck at a club who will never truly challenge beyond what they have been doing, Pottechino and Rodgers have scope to impress though.
Kiberd from Ireland on August 25, 2013:
Very good post, few surprises with inclusions and exclusions in my opinion. Agree with Guardiola being left out, yet to prove himself at another club than Barca. I feel the players were the main contributors to success there. However having said that I would have Harry Redknapp in there, done a good job wherever he has gone in my opinion. I wonder how this list will look in a few years.. Will there be the likes of Moyes,Guardiola,Martinez,Pottechino or Rodgers, to name a few? Overall a very good post, agree with the majority of it. Well done.
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on May 22, 2013:
Well Mourinho had his worst season this time round, so his reputation has decreased a little since writing this. He did finish above Barca in the league the previous season, which was pretty impressive considering the difference in team quality. Have to remember how he won the CL with Porto and Inter too. Based on my research while writing this, most people place Mourinho 2nd. I'm going to have to disagree with Guardiola too, but I'm waiting to see if he proves me wrong at Bayern. Still, he's gone from the previous best team in the world, to the current best team, so it would be no surprise if he keeps winning. I value what Pellegrini has done at Malaga and Villareal more than anything Guardiola has done yet.
Blogger at Best from Detroit MI on May 21, 2013:
I like your list but I think that I would disagree with you on Mourinho. I don't think that he is the right pick for number two. I would pick a coach like Guardiola, even though I don't like Barcelona, but he did way more than Mourinho ever did. I do agree with the pick in number one Sir Alex is the best football coach ever.
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on February 15, 2013:
I think we were a bit harsh on Capello. Germany simply had better players, and we would have been at 2-2 without the terrible match officials. They caught us on the break when we pushed forward to win. Otherwise, his win record for us is very good. Capello, was also the manager of Milan when they were dominating European football in the 90's, and he managed Roma when they won Serie A as well. If I'd done a top 15, he probably would have made it.
CCahill from England on February 15, 2013:
Ha love the Arsene Wenger-Ray Parlour video
Fabio Capello rightly doesn't deserve to make the list after his England flop, rubbish rubbish manager lol
CCahill from England on February 15, 2013:
Ha love the Arsene Wenger-Ray Parlour video
Fabio Capello rightly doesn't deserve to make the list after his England flop, rubbish rubbish manager lol
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on February 14, 2013:
Di Matteo needs a lot longer to prove himself. I think very few people would say Di Matteo is better than Wenger. Conte is better than Di Matteo because of his unbeaten year at Juventus. Guardiola is better, but needs to prove himself at another club. Fabio Capello didn't even make this list, and he's won a tonne of trophies with Milan and Roma. Also most people rate Wenger higher than I have actually.
N. Lazar from USA on February 13, 2013:
Arsene Wenger yet no Di Matteo??!?!?!?!? Wenger 7 years no trophies, Matteo 7 months 2 trophies...
Richard-Murray on February 13, 2013: