These coaches were leading their team from the front in the last year.
Football managers are the most involved coaches or managers in the sport. The tactical genius of managers can make or change the game. In the last year some managers have made their way into list after an impressive season but what does it mean to be the best manager? Managers like Mikel Arteta and Luciano Spalletti have impressed last year.
Here are the top 10 managers of the year, see who makes our list:
10. Mikel Arteta
Arsenal fans are rejoicing in their club’s success in the Premier League this season with seven points ahead of Newcastle and eight points ahead of reigning champions Manchester City. Arteta took over the club in 2019 and since then has asked fans to trust the process and it is now bearing its fruit.
Gunners are looking to bag their first title since 2003/04 under the management of Arsene Wenger. He has made a young and talented Martin Odegaard the new club captain. He has made his team around a young team who are topping the table this season, they are looking to add new fire to the squad with Mykhailo Mudryk in the winter transfer.
The Spaniard remained as an assistant manager under Pep Guardiola for three years 2016-19. His managerial philosophy has flourished Arsenal to become the contenders of the Premier League once again. Fans will be eagerly hoping to claim the Premier League after twenty years.
9. Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte is a demanding manager from the players and even the management. He has managed some top successful clubs in the continent but his appointment at Tottenham has resurged the side. Spurs managed to get a top four finish last season qualifying for the Champions League. Conte left Inter Milan after his tussle with the management that left the fans wanting for more pedigree.
Conte took over Nuno Espirito Santos after a short term at the club and has re-energised the North London Club. The club may not still be contenders for the Premier League but his mentality has encouraged his players to go for even more. There have been many questions on Daniel Levy’s sacking of Jose Mourinho but the club are looking to go places with Conte.
The management backs him but he expects the club to invest heavily towards the direction he wants the club to go.
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8. Luciano Spalletti
The 63-year-old manager for Napoli has managed most of the sides in the Serie A. Spalletti is taking Napoli as frontrunners for the Scudetto this season and their enthralling performance in Champions League has come up with huge expectations from his side. The historical club once graced by one of the greatest – Diego Armando Maradona has a super rich history and now its time for their revival not just in Italy but in Europe.
The neutrals are backing him to win his first Scudetto and Napoli’s first after thirty years.
7. Julian Nagelsmann
Julian Nagelsmann got Bayern Munich their tenth straight Bundesliga title. Hansi Flick handed over the job to the former RB Leipzig boss and he has been successful enough to lead the German giants to yet another title. He has faltered in Europe after an absolute strong and resolute squad but have still haven’t been close to the silverware.
The Bavarians have been playing stunning under him with a traditional back-four. He has cruised the Bundesliga side but a European trophy awaits to add to his trophy galore. It would be interesting to see where he lands after his contract expires in 2026.
6. Stefano Pioli
AC Milan has once again thrived in the Italian league after decade of silence. Manager Stefano Pioli has managed to get Milan to Champions League qualification and a Scudetto. His accomplishment in Milan has been the best in some years and what many could not have managed to do. This season they are running second eight points behind league leaders Napoli.
He likes his team to build from the back and press higher up the pitch although the 40-year-old Zlatan Ibrahamovic has struggled to do the same. Though youngsters like Theo Hernandez, Rafael Leao, Mike Maignan and Fikaya Tomori have made headlines during their title winning season. He manages an easy midfield with Sandro Tonali and Ismael Bennacer.
They face Antonio Conte’s Tottenham in the Champions League Round of 16 fixture. If they advance it would be their best performances in Europe’s top competition in some time.
5. Jose Mourinho
The most animated manager on the touchline and the wittiest in press conferences. Jose Mourinho has added firepower to the Roma side in the Serie A. Jose Mourinho’s Roma lifted the first title of the tertiary European competition UEFA Conference League. Roma finished sixth in the league and have entered the Euopa League and have finished second behind Real Betis.
Mourinho currently is in dire need of a fierce striker which can help him claim another title this season. The ‘Special One’ is building the old city and his restructure are seemingly rising from their ruins. Mourinho is in contention for National team jobs for his homeland Portugal and even for Brazil but it looks like the 59-year-old will be staying in Italy.
4. Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool is struggling this season as they sit sixth in the Premier League but they finished second in the league last season. Although the players and the fans back him, it’s the new management that will decide his future. Klopp redefined the usage of fullbacks in the team who have been delivering for the club since.
He added Luis Diaz in the squad who contoured in Klopp’s system and added width to their game. Uruguayan Darwin Nunez came in the squad this summer who hasn’t fully flourished to replace the vacuum left by Sadio Mane’s departure. Liverpool lifted the FA Cup and Carabao Cup last season missing out on the league and the Champions League.
In the previous season, the club was marred by multiple injuries but still managed to drag ‘The Reds’ to a top four finish just a point behind winners Manchester City.
3. Carlo Ancelotti
‘Don Carlo’ is enjoying his second stint at Real Madrid with a Champions League and La Liga title in his trophy cabinet. The four-time Champions League winner does not have a new or an exceptional tactical style but the old fashioned Italian boss has made Madrid gel in this style. He has made Vinicius Jr improve under his guidance and Benzema playing his best football of his career.
The Godfather-esque manager will be looking to go all in once again in the Champions League who will face Liverpool in the next round. Carlo has set a happy mood in the dressing room as youngster like Rodrygo, Tchouameni and Camaving loving his teaching style in the Spanish capital.
2. Lionel Scaloni
The World Cup winner with Argentina in the FIFA World Cup 2022 has given Argentina and Argentinians a win to celebrate for years. Scaloni joined the national team as caretaker boss after Jorge Sampaoli was replaced for crashing out of the 2018 World Cup. The manager is running out of his contract on December 31st but the Argentina association have assured that he will sign an extension soon.
People had doubts about him but he has silenced his critics by claiming three titles this year – Copa America, Finalissima and the Qatar World Cup. His tactical brilliance during the World Cup and especially in the final kept France at bay for 70 minutes of the game. Although Albiceleste lost the opening game against Saudi Arabia ending their 36-match unbeaten run under Scaloni.
The 44-year-old is expected to continue as Argentina’s boss and he might even be hopeful of taking them into another World Cup as defending champions.
1. Pep Guardiola
Manager Pep Guardiola won the fourth Premier League title in the last five years, making him the greatest manager of the English League. He has also extended his contract with the Manchester club till 2025 during the World Cup break. Guardiola signed the two-year deal with an option of holding further season.
Guardiola has changed the footballing language in England. Possession-based football which was considered boring by the fans has made other clubs actually use the tactic. The Spaniard has turned players like Ilkay Gundogan into top-class players and now with Erling Haaland in his team pundits see a world-class striker in the making.
In the previous season, Pep defeated teams playing without a striker but unfortunately hasn’t been successful in lifting a Champions League with the club.