FourFourTwo, a magazine, recently published the top 50 football gaffers in the world.
Big names like Jose Mourinho, Hansi Flick, and Guus Hiddink were all missing from the top 10 of this list. There is no African coach on this list.
We will be talking about the top 5 football coaches in the world according to FourFourTwo.
5. Stefano Pioli
What Pioli has achieved – in his unbeaten run that gave him the full-time job, followed by Champions League qualification and a Scudetto later – is the best anyone has done at I Rossoneri for quite some time.
He likes to play out from the back but not if it’s risky; he likes his teams to press.
Piolo deserves so much credit – especially as he wasn’t given a chance to do any of this when he initially stepped into the breach.
4. Antoine Conte
If you ask most Chelsea fans, they’ll tell you that Antonio Conte should have been given longer. Inter Milan fans never wanted him to leave, either. He’s threatened to walk from Tottenham – and may still leave them prematurely for some people’s liking. He always leaves you wanting more.
But not just a manager who simplifies everything for his players, Conte is still capable of a tactical masterclass to outwit the brain in the opposite dugout.
3. Jurgen Klopp
Pep Guardiola began the debates of what full-backs could become; Klopp produced the examples. He conquered England and Europe without a conventional playmaker or a conventional striker. He has the demeanour of your dad’s mate, the aura of a coach who relies on pumping good players up for big games. But as a tactician, Klopp has entirely transformed the game.
2. Carlo Ancelotti
He might not gegenpress or tiki-task, but Don Carlo is an old-fashioned man who does an old-fashioned job of getting Galacticos to gel – and look at how Vinicius Jr has improved under his guidance, how Benzema has balled or how the transition to a new version of Real Madrid has been masterminded with a sprinkling of the old faces still performing to outrageous levels alongside the new pretenders.
1. Pep Guardiola
The best manager in the world of football at the moment, according to FourFourTwo, is Pep Guardiola.
He can still suffocate the best in the world with the ball, leaving them chasing cover shadows. He’s deadly with or without a striker, with or without Kevin De Bruyne, and with or without natural full-backs. He can turn Ilkay Gundogan into peak Frank Lampard; Erling Haaland into player pundits are discussing the humanity of.