Ranking of the 20 best world football managers.

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Ranking of the 20 best world football managers.

Being a manager is not an easy task. Especially in football, where every outcome can make you or destroy you in the eyes of the magnitudes.

It takes a particular kind of personality to be successful, but maintaining that success is another thing altogether. There are only a select few who have what it takes to get to the top and stay up there.

With international coaches not included, here are the top 20 best managers in the world today:

20. Massimiliano Allegri

Ranking of the 20 best world football managers.

Currently, Massimiliano Allegri is not tied to any club. 

He won several back-to-back Serie A titles in a row, and Andrea Pirlo is now confirming that’s not as obvious as it looks, even at Juventus.

19.Unai Emery

The Current Villareal boss loves the Europa League.

Emery won it Europa League three times in a row with Sevilla, and made the final in his short stint with Arsenal, and will now lead Villarreal to the fifth final of his career when they take on the Red Devils later this month.

18.Erik ten Hag

ranking of the 20 best world football managers.

You can’t really criticize Ten Hag at Ajax, can you? Won the league in 2019, top when it got voided in 2020, won it again in 2021.

There was a Champions League semi-final thrown in there too, just for good measure.


17. Christophe Galtier

It’s been a sluggish burner for Galtier at Lille but in a period where none of the pre-season favorites seem capable of winning anything, it’s Lille who are the beneficiaries in France.

They have mounted an unexpected challenge to PSG’s solid dominance and sit a point ahead of the defending titleholders heading into the final run of games.

16. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ranking of the 20 best world football managers.

The Norwegian is apparently Manchester United’s best manager since Sir Alex Ferguson. And while that’s not saying too much considering how they’ve prospered in the years since he retired, it’s got to count for something.

He may not be identified as a roaring success at Old Trafford when he eventually steps aside, but he has done a good job of executing some stability at a club that desperately needed it.

15. Ronald Koeman

Managing the Catalans this summer has been no simple assignment given the soap opera behind the scenes, but Koeman seems to have done a far better job of it than many anticipated him to.

He’s steadied the boat somewhat, soothed Lionel Messi, got something resembling a tune out of Antoine Griezmann, and given a platform to various talented youngsters like Pedri, Ilaix Moriba, and Oscar Mingueza.

And all that comes after he rebuilt the Netherlands into a real, capable football team from the hodgepodge they were in 2018.


14.Julen Lopetegui

You’d have been snorted out of the building for naming Lopetegui as one of the world’s top coaches a year ago, but his work with Sevilla has been exceptional.

They had no license to be in a La Liga title challenge given their restricted budget to the big three. And yet they achieved it for a reasonable chunk of the season – only losing ground in match round 34.

13. Gian Piero Gasperini

Atalanta have set the world alight in their logic-defying kick up the Serie A standing. Even if they never get around to truly accomplishing it, it’s been an old-fashioned football fairy-tale, and at the heart of it is Gasperini and his flagrantly promising tactics.

After their unpropitious title challenge last season, they sit second and look set for a return to the Champions League.

12.Marcelo Bielsa

Ranking of the 20 best world football managers.

His record of achievement may not precisely scream ‘legendary’, but Bielsa is one of the most substantial managers around.

Over the course of a storied 31-year career, the Argentine has developed a truly uncommon style of football that has shaped some of the best coaches around. Recently, he’s led Leeds back to the Premier League, and kept them there pretty comfortably.


11.Marco Rose

When you get your coaching training under Jurgen Klopp, there’s only one style your teams are going to play. And Rose hasn’t exactly cracked the design in that regard.

His breakneck style of football has taken RB Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach by storm, taking both teams to previously unnoticed heights. He’s set to take over Borussia Dortmund in the summer, and we’re all enthusiastic to see how that goes.

10.Brendan Rodgers

Claims that he’s done a greater job at Leicester than Claudio Ranieri (thanks Jamie Carragher) are wide of the mark, but Rodgers has done an overwhelming job since taking the reins at Leicester.

He’s followed up three trophy-laden years at Celtic by turning the Foxes into a sustainable top-four contender. Acknowledging they were gazing relegation in the face not so long ago, that’s been some effort.

9. Julian Nagelsmann

Nagelsmann wasn’t even 30 when he took the Hoffenheim job but his age hasn’t obstructed him from ascending right to the top of German football. Now 33, he will leave RB Leipzig to take over their Bundesliga title rivals.

That’s something they positively could not have said when he took over just a couple of years ago.

8. Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs must regret the more modest times when Pochettino was their manager and the worst-case scenario was merely qualifying for the Champions League.

The Jose Mourinho project did not go to plan but Pochettino has landed on his feet. Having just left the Champions League at the semi-final stage, however, his status could take a tanking if PSG fails to win Ligue 1.


7.Diego Simeone

Over the years, Simeone has firmly built Atletico into one of the most consistent sides in La Liga.

They looked lifeless set to win it for the second time under his tutelage earlier this season, but even though their dominance has produced, they remain in with a strong chance. If they can get it over the line, then Simeone will likely be ranking a few spots higher soon.

6. Antonio Conte

Ranking of the 20 best world football managers.

Conte took his sacking from Chelsea personally, and now he’s on a mission to break Juventus’ Serie A stranglehold, and oust Jose Mourinho as Inter’s best manager of the 21st century.

He has some way to go yet, but this season’s league title is a strong start.

5. Zinedine Zidane

He won three Champions Leagues not too long ago. He’ll be dining off that for a long time yet…not that he has to.

Zidane’s Real Madrid have been ambitious this season and are still in the race for La Liga. If he can get it over the line, then his stature as one of the world’s best coaches will only be improved further.

Central to his achievements has been a tactical dexterity seldom seen in top-level management. While most coaches have a system they stick to, Zidane adjusts his plan to the opposition, and it usually works.


4. Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea’s transformation under Tuchel has been extraordinary. Sam Allardyce disaster class aside, they’ve been primarily impeccable so far, and are in the finals of both the FA Cup and Champions League.

That is pretty unsound when you contemplate where they were under Frank Lampard, looking on enviously at those above them in the Europa League positions.

3. Jurgen Klopp

 Despite Liverpool’s whimpering title challenge, Klopp’s status as one of the best in the game prevails.

The German took over a Reds team who couldn’t even qualify for the Europa League in 2015 and within five years they were champions of England, Europe, and the world all at once.

They’ve sunk significantly this season but they will be out to fix in 2021/22 that their poor displays this term have been the exception, not the rule.

2.Hansi Flick

Anyone who wins a sextuple at any level of football is going to be right in the running here.

We don’t have the space to list everything Flick won during his brief tenure as Bayern Munich manager, but it’s a lot.

With Leipzig’s challenge now evaporating, he looks set to sign off with a second Bundesliga on the spin and will take over Germany in the summer at the very peak of his powers.

1. Pep Guardiola

Ranking of the 20 best world football managers.

Man City weren’t in great shape when Guardilola took them over. And while it is certainly more natural to win trophies when you have the budget of City, it’s still not obvious. It doesn’t matter how much cash you throw at it, three league titles in four years is far from a given.

Pep is on top of the game with City this season as they push to another Premier League. If they can get the Champions League over the line, then he will have won it all in Manchester.

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