Football as we see can sometimes be too straight forward to look at. But the real beauty of the game lies in the intricate tactics involved in it. Management in football is arguably more prominent and deciding than in any other sport. Managers govern nearly everything to run a team, not to mention the high risk of getting sacked if no results follow.
The world has witnessed some notable managers in the likes of Johan Cruyff, Sir Alex Ferguson, and Bill Shankly amongst many others, with some having revolutionized the game as we know today. Today we try to compile a list of the best football managers in the world right now.
Honorable mentions –
Gian Piero Gasperini (Atalanta)
Maurizio Sarri (Juventus)
Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City)
Julian Nagelsmann (RB Leipzig)
Carlo Ancelloti (Everton)
Here are the 10 best football managers in the world right now.
3. Jose Mourinho (Tottenham Hotspur)
Starting his management career at Sporting CP and Porto, the “Special One” worked as a translator for Sir Bobby Robson in his initial years before shining under Louis van Gaal at Barcelona. He was then appointed as the head coach of Porto in 2002 where he led them to the UEFA Champions League along with two consecutive Primeira Liga titles.
Mourinho was brought in by Chelsea in 2004 where he won two Premier Leagues and three other domestic cups. He moved to Inter Milan in 2008 and won the Champions League again, making Inter the first Italian team to do so. In 2013, he joined Real Madrid and won the league with record points tally making him the fifth manager to win the league in four different countries. He re-joined Chelsea in 2013 and had a brief stint at Manchester United before Tottenham announced Mourinho as their manager in 2019.
2. Josep Guardiola (Manchester City)
One of the most influential and best football managers in the world, Pep Guardiola spent his youth days at La Masia before making his debut for Barcelona in 1990. He left them in 2001 before having short stints at Brescia and Roma in Italy, Al-Ahli in Qatar and Dorados in Mexico which played a huge part in his growth as a coach. Influenced by the great Cruyff, Pep’s idea of possession-based total football is evident by the fact that Barcelona lifted all 6 cups in the 2008-09 season, his first season as a top-flight manager.
He left Barcelona in 2012 before taking a sabbatical in New York. He then joined Bayern Munich as their head coach in 2013 and led them to three consecutive Bundesliga titles. In 2016, Pep Guardiola took charge of Manchester City and won back-to-back league titles including a domestic treble in the 2018-19 season.
1. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
Arguably the best manager in the world right now, Klopp has lifted 4 cups in the past 18 months helping Liverpool to its first Premier League title along with the Champions League in 2019. Born in Stuttgart, Klopp spent the majority of his playing days at Mainz 05, having made over 300 appearances.
He started his managerial career in 2001 at Mainz and then moved to Dortmund in 2008. Klopp led them to two German titles before leaving for Liverpool in 2015. Famously known for his ‘Gegenpressing’ where a team attempts to win back the ball immediately after the loss of possession, his playing style was hugely influenced by former Italian coach Arrigo Sacchi and his coach at Mainz, Wolfgang Frank. He was named the LMA Manager of the year in 2020.