As Jose Mourinho will be leaving Madrid next season, endless rumors and lots of speculation has been circulating about where he’ll end up. Back to Chelsea? Over to Manchester (City or United)? Or will he end up abroad? From what we know today, only time will tell.
With Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claiming he is the best in the Premier League, and Sir Alex Ferguson still at United, it got me wondering, who are the top 5 managers in football today?
This can come down to opinion and/or fact. I have focused mainly on statistic mixed with a little bit of my own thoughts on the topic! I have also based this on what leagues they have managed in and the teams they have managed.
Lets start with the mangers who didn’t quite make the top 5. Moyes, Wenger, Simeone, Conte all come close but didn’t quite make it. Other contenders that just missed out we’re Del Bosque, Ancelloti, Heynckes, Capello and Trapattoni. All of these managers are top class. They all have good win percentages and have a successful career, but that wasn’t quite good enough to make the top 5:
5. Jurgen Klopp
To start off we have Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp. Klopp has turned Dortmund from a team fast developing a reputation as underachievers, to a force who can take on any big team in Europe and one of the most efficient teams in Bundesliga history. He has broke multiple records with the squad, such as the 87 total league-points amassed last season as well as guiding Dortmund to a 28-game unbeaten streak in the Bundesliga. Already, he has been successful in Germany, and being young, he has surely got a bright future ahead of him.
4. Pep Guardiola
Fourth in the list is Pep Guardiola. In only 4 years as Barcelona manager, Guardiola has achieved more then most mangers have in their lifetime. His success was immediate, collecting La Liga and Champions League titles in his first season in charge and going on to win 14 trophies in his time at the club. With a 71.94% win rate, it’s clear that he is a top manager. But his time at Bayern Munich will certainly determine whether he is the best.
3. Ottmar Hitzfeld
In third place is Ottmar Hitzfeld. Having won 18 major trophies in less than thirty years as manager, he has proven that he is top class. Winning 7 Bundesliga titles with Bayern and Dortmund, and also being crowned Champions of Europe with both clubs, he’s impressive success rate is paralleled by his consistency as a manager. He is a great tactician and has one of the best minds in football. Some even call him the greatest manager the Bundesliga has ever seen! For me, he is definitely one if the greatest managers the world of football has had.
2. Sir Alex Ferguson
The last two places come down to a matter of opinion. My opinion is that the second best manager in football right now is Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson, but still the best of all time. Premier League, Champions League, FA cup, League Cup, you name it and Sir Alex has won it. 2060 games with a win percentage of 57.82% is a truly amazing feat! But what I admire most about Sir Alex Ferguson is his loyalty and respect to his club. In summary, he is one of the great tacticians in the game and knows everything about football; a true icon and legend.
1. Jose Mourinho
But the man who I believe to be the best in the game today, a man who is destined to become the greatest, is none other than Jose Mourinho. Love him or hate him he is the special one. He learned how to be a great coach, he studied the game, and is one of the best tactical-minded mangers ever to grace the world of football. Winning the Champions League with Porto and Inter, and winning back-to-back Premier League titles with Chelsea, Mourinho has been the most successful manager in football over the past 10 years. In my opinion, he is the best right now and is on track (if not already!) to become the greatest football manager of all time. In 523 games, he has a win percentage of 68.26%, which is an extremely good number. The self proclaimed “special one” has certainly lived up to the name. In general, he is one of football’s greatest mangers, and will no doubt become even more successful in the future!
Written by OnlyJuanOneMata