The top five managers in world football

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    When results don’t go a certain way for a long period of time, the manager is always the first to get the blame and is the first to walk out the door.

    These are five managers that I feel deserve to be in this list for their achievements throughout the course of the 2016-17 season.

    #5 – Carlo Ancelotti
    Although Ancelotti has achieved so much throughout his career as a manager, he is still highly underrated by many.

    He isn’t a coach who likes to implement a philosophy or a certain style of football. He is known for his tactical prowess and his man management skills, getting the best out of players with big egos such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    This coaching method has resulted in Ancelotti winning domestic league titles and Champions League crowns at multiple clubs.

    Focusing on 2016-17, Bayern Munich were able to win the Bundesliga title once again. Most people would agree that the Bundesliga is not as competitive as other leagues, but it was about how Ancelotti was able to let his team play free flowing football. It was entertaining to watch, which got the best out of players such as Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben.

    They were knocked out undeservedly by Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals, because over the two legs I though Bayern were the better team. For the club it was a disappointment in that regard, but Ancelotti was once again able to deliver domestically.

    (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki,file)

    #4 – Leonardo Jardim
    The 42 year old is an up-and-coming coach with a lot of potential to move to a bigger club when the time is right.

    He was able to introduce counter attacking football with pace down the wings which was helped by quality finishing up front with Radamel Falcao the go-to man. They were the most exciting team to watch in Europe, but that caused the defence to be vulnerable which caused a set back.

    In saying that, Monaco were able to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League and were crowned Ligue 1 champions by impressively by beating the cashed-up PSG.

    The reason why Jardim makes this list is not only for the achievements mentioned but also giving youth a chance, most notably getting the best out of 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe. The Frenchman is rated at $150 million with Real Madrid favourites for his signature. He only got given a chance in November, but since then he was able to score 21 goals.

    #3 Massimiliano Allegri
    A tactical master and an ability to read the game and change things up is what makes Allegri such a special manager.

    Since taking over the reigns from Antonio Conte, he was able to reach two Champions League finals and has won three domestic league titles in his first three seasons at Juventus.

    He has mostly played with a 3-5-2, but this season has shown he is capable of reverting to a 4-3-1-2. He isn’t a one-trick pony, and he’ll pull others into line whenever they are seen to be drifting off. Leonardo Bonucci experienced this by being handed a one game ban from Allegri for arguing with him.

    He won the Serie A title along with the Coppa Italia, conquering Italy once again. It was the Champions League final that stopped Allegri from having a treble on his CV, losing out to Real Madrid.

    The best part about him is that he will focus on the defence more than anything. In the Champions League, Juventus conceded just two goals before the final, a remarkable achievement that all started with Allegri’s experience in being able to sort out the backline.

    Juventus coach Maxi Allegri


    #2 Zinedine Zidane
    Two seasons in charge at real Madrid, two Champions league trophies. An unbelievable accomplishment by a man who by many was criticised for not being ‘coach material.’

    In 2016-17 he was able to guide Madrid to the La Liga title as well as getting the better of Juventus in the Champions League.

    He had absolutely no top flight coaching experience before he took on the job, but has succeeded with ease. Tactically he is not the strongest, but in terms of man management he is able to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo (something that Rafael Benitez failed to do which ultimately lost the dressing room). Many were wondering if Ronaldo was coming to the end of his career.

    We still haven’t seen him build a team himself and start from scratch, but he has all the tools required to be an even more successful coach in the near future, and could just be the France national team coach one day.

    #1 Antonio Conte
    A tactical master, every club he has coached has been built from scratch. Every club he has coached he has been able to implement the correct foundations. He is able to read the game perfectly. A typical Italian. An absolute genius.

    Before his tenure at Chelsea he was manager of Italy at Euro 2016, guiding them to the quarter-finals only to be beaten on penalties. An average Italian squad mind you, he excited Chelsea fans when he announced his arrival.

    Conte had 1 proper month to assemble his squad, with main targets such as Leonardo Bonucci, Alessio Romagnoli and Kalidou Koulibaly not falling his way. His last option was PSG centre back David Luiz who was not a very good defender in truth.

    However, he was signed by Chelsea, and Conte was able to transform him into one of the best defenders in Europe. It’s his ability to put the defence first which helped Chelsea win the Premier League.

    A 13-game unbeaten run helped Conte keep his record intact of always winning a league title as a manager. A 3-0 loss to Arsenal at the start of the season forced Conte to change to a 3-5-2, being the key to keeping clean sheets and scoring goals especially on the counter attack.

    He deserves to be number 1, and I’m sure he’ll cement his status as the best coach in the world in the years to come.

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    • July 12th 2017 @ 8:28am
      Al-Shazahd said | July 12th 2017 @ 8:28am | ! Report

      Why do you write such pointless articles. No substance whatsoever.

      The moment you start a “Top Five….” you know you are a simpleton. Do you really think your audience is that stupid/bored and be interested?

      You just simply named the managers of the Champions League semi finalists. Real Madrid. Juventus. Monaco. Bayern Munich. Plus Chelsea who won the Premier League.

      Wow. Top 5 managers are the club which won the domestic leagues in England, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. I really needed someone to tell me this otherwise I did not know this.

      • Roar Rookie

        July 12th 2017 @ 8:48am
        At work said | July 12th 2017 @ 8:48am | ! Report

        While most of this authors articles have been very simplistic, I welcome new writers and people willing to put in the effort to post something to the site.

        While the whole point of this site is to publish opinions, I’ve never seen the amount of constant attacking (on the Roar) from Al-Shazahd to the writer on every article he posts.
        – Do you guys know each other in person?

        Regarding the list, Al-Shazahd has a point but goes about it in an inappropriate way.

        C’mon, Zidane who has been a coach for all of 2 seasons taking charge of the best team in the world.

      • July 12th 2017 @ 9:04am
        Jim S said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:04am | ! Report

        Bayern Munich didn’t make semis. Athletico did, but he’s left Diego Simeone off the list because beating Leicester wasn’t enough of a feather in the cap because of the writer’s big team prejudices.

        But otherwise, i agree, it’s terrible.

      • Roar Guru

        July 12th 2017 @ 12:44pm
        jeznez said | July 12th 2017 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

        Maybe chuck up your own top five with some substance as to why you argue for others.

        I much prefer the bloke putting something up to try and generate discussion rather than the person who shoots it down, calls the author a simpleton and doesn’t add anything themselves.

    • Roar Guru

      July 12th 2017 @ 8:41am
      Rick Disnick said | July 12th 2017 @ 8:41am | ! Report

      Eddie McGuire.

      • July 12th 2017 @ 1:33pm
        punter said | July 12th 2017 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

        Shahrukh Khan.

        • Roar Guru

          July 12th 2017 @ 3:07pm
          Rick Disnick said | July 12th 2017 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

          I really liked him in Chennai Express.

          A worthy selection.

      • July 12th 2017 @ 1:35pm
        punter said | July 12th 2017 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

        Chris Tarrant.

        • Roar Guru

          July 12th 2017 @ 3:10pm
          Rick Disnick said | July 12th 2017 @ 3:10pm | ! Report

          Nope. Not versatile enough for my liking. He’s a bit old too.

          Khan definitely top 5 material though.

          • July 12th 2017 @ 3:28pm
            punter said | July 12th 2017 @ 3:28pm | ! Report

            Chris was the original!!!!! The godfather!!!!

    • July 12th 2017 @ 8:50am
      Caltex Ten & SBS support Australian Football said | July 12th 2017 @ 8:50am | ! Report

      Thank you for a fine article Christian—very well written and I have taken a lot from it. Ancelloti, has always been a favourite of mine and most probably falling down in the pecking order, but still a well respected manager. Zidane, is fast becoming a stand-out and one to watch with a promising career a head of him.

      • Roar Pro

        July 12th 2017 @ 9:19am
        andresilva10 said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:19am | ! Report

        Would be interesting to see if Zidane can do the same at another club. Still very inexperienced, but it makes his achievements all the more remarkable

        • July 12th 2017 @ 9:27am
          Caltex Ten & SBS support Australian Football said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:27am | ! Report

          Any manager who can finish on top of Barcelona, must know something about football, even if he is managing a team like Real Madrid to do it.

    • July 12th 2017 @ 9:03am
      Swanny said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:03am | ! Report

      Come on Christian

      Mourinho spent gazillions and won the league cup and uefa cup .

      And how did big Sam alladyce undefeated as England manager not get a run

      • Roar Pro

        July 12th 2017 @ 9:18am
        andresilva10 said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:18am | ! Report

        Mourinho has lost the plot since getting the sack from Chelsea

        I don’t mind big Sam though ?

        • July 12th 2017 @ 12:16pm
          Jim S said | July 12th 2017 @ 12:16pm | ! Report

          Who is that you hate, Manchester United or Mourinho?

          I ask because apparently Pogba flopped, Lukaku is a certain failure, and Mourinho has lost the plot…

          Despite finishing 6th, Mourinho has Man Utd are back in the Champions League and winning trophies. Pogba was their best player last year. Lukaku has been one of the top 3 or 4 forwards every year in the EPL but suddenly he’s going to be crap because he’s going to get more shots a game and not have to beat 4 defenders on a counter attack to score goals. (that FA cup goal v Chelsea though!!!)

          Pretty ordinary stuff. The closest i get to liking Manchester United is they get Liverpool fans upset so it’s pretty clear you’re grinding an axe.

          • July 12th 2017 @ 12:34pm
            Swanny said | July 12th 2017 @ 12:34pm | ! Report


            I was being very toungue in cheek

            I have followed United for 45 years

            Mourinho is building slowly on the right path

            • July 12th 2017 @ 1:38pm
              Jim S said | July 12th 2017 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

              Sorry for the confusion Swanny, I wasn’t questioning you. It’s the Original Poster that’s been overly critical of Manchester United the last few days.

          • July 12th 2017 @ 5:46pm
            j,binnie said | July 12th 2017 @ 5:46pm | ! Report

            Jim – you are aware that since Fergie left the job his 3 successors have spent a sum of money in the region of 1,25 trillion dollars in attempts to improve the former champion club’s EPL position.
            Moyes spent $130 million, buying 2 players (who rather strangely are still being used by Mourhino today despite being classed as total failures by fans 4 seasons ago)!!!!!
            Van Gaal seriously outspent Moyes by spending $500 millions in team building to gain one place in the table and, if the latest figures are to be believed, Jose has kept pace also spending another $500millions on 6 more players.He too has gained a place in the EPL and exposure to Europe in a few lesser competitions.
            Running a team has become an expensive pastime has it not???? Cheers jb.

            • July 12th 2017 @ 6:33pm
              Nemesis said | July 12th 2017 @ 6:33pm | ! Report


              I know Moyes, LvG & Mourinho have spent a bit, but I think $1.25 trillion is a tad of an exaggeration.

    • July 12th 2017 @ 9:29am
      Frank said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      Leonardo Jardim has been excellent for Monaco. To outmuscle PSG is simply extraordinary and I hope they can keep hold of their players. Great team to watch.
      Allegri is underrated for me, but deserves that ranking.

    • July 12th 2017 @ 9:56am
      Nemesis said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      You’ve chosen 5 guys who are lucky enough to have some of the world’s best players in their squads. That’s not the mark of a “top manager”.

      I rate more highly the guy who has limited resources & succeeds.

      Put any of those guys in charge of Leicester City & would they have won the EPL in 2015/16?

      Put any of those guys in charge of RB Leipzig & would they have finished 2nd in Bundesliga after being promoted from Bund2?

      Put any of those guys in charge of Brighton & Hove Albion & would they have won promotion from Championship to the Premier League?

      I think you get the gist.

      • July 12th 2017 @ 10:10am
        Caltex Ten & SBS support Australian Football said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:10am | ! Report

        Put, Claudio Ranieri, in charge of Real Madrid and there is not guarantee he would win a title either with the world class stars. All hypotheticals—what counts, are the runs on the board over 3 seasons.

        • July 12th 2017 @ 10:26am
          Nemesis said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:26am | ! Report

          So, why bother with a list of “Top 5 Managers”?

          Just say the Top 5 Managers are the managers who won the Top 4 Leagues in UEFA and won the UCL.

          • Roar Pro

            July 12th 2017 @ 11:20am
            andresilva10 said | July 12th 2017 @ 11:20am | ! Report

            Because people have different opinions about a top 5….

            Some may put Zidane at #1…
            Some may put Ancelotti #1….

          • July 12th 2017 @ 12:12pm
            Caltex Ten & SBS support Australian Football said | July 12th 2017 @ 12:12pm | ! Report

            “So, why bother with a list of “Top 5 Managers”?”

            Nemesis – Well yes, you could say that, but then some people would want to know; who do you think rates the best—in your opinion ? Then funnily enough we end up with an interesting debate with managers coming from left field being nominated. “No love for Brendan Rogers” who had a good season at Celtic mentioned by Andrew. All interesting—and someone I had not figured worth mentioning until know.

            • July 12th 2017 @ 12:28pm
              Nemesis said | July 12th 2017 @ 12:28pm | ! Report

              Fair enough. I find such conversations mind-numbingly tedious & meaningless. It’s something I expect to see on discussion boards for other sports, but I expect football discussions to have evolved from this. Why would anyone care who are the Top 5 managers. All I care about is my team playing good football & winning.

              • Roar Guru

                July 12th 2017 @ 3:17pm
                jeznez said | July 12th 2017 @ 3:17pm | ! Report

                As it stands, I liked your take that performances of managers with weaker squads have been more impressive. And would be interested in thoughts on what they had done with their squads that was observable from the outside.

                Were the teams better drilled, more co-ordinated, did they display more varied tactics against teams that played with different shapes, were they better at spotting developing talent that they could get more value out of?

                Always remember that there will be novices and experts on the site so thinking that the standard of conversation will always evolved to a particular level is going to lead to disappointment.

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