Top 5 underrated managers in Europe
Managers are judged harshly by the media and the fans. In the modern game, if a team is doing well, the managers don't get all the plaudits but if the form dips, it's suddenly the manager's fault.
Quite often, managers are not given due recognition for their talents and are undermined by other mitigating factors like the lack of investment or a lower league profile.
Many good managers go almost unnoticed until the end of their careers. There are some who are given a lot of vocal support by younger managers and players, like Marco Biesla- who whilst being an excellent manager hasn't received enough plaudits for inspiring a generation of upcoming managers.
In this list, we take a look at some of Europe's most under-rated managers who are either being written off or have very little appreciation for their efforts.
#5 Asier Garitano
Garitano worked at a variety of clubs in the lower leagues in Spain. The very fact that most readers will have no clue who Garitano is and what club he manages will tell how far under the radar the man has gone.
Garitano was appointed Leganes CD manager in 2013 when the club were in the third tier of Spanish football. He achieved promotion the same season and after one season of consolidation, hoisted Leganes CD into the Spanish Primera Liga or La Liga for the first time in the club's history.
Garitano was celebrated locally for this achievement and it seemed the farthest the club could go. After an impressive away victory at Celta Vigo, Leganes failed to kick on and many deemed them as relegation candidates.
But Garitano's side held firm and began picking up scores of draws and played with a tight defensive unit. Despite their inferior technical skills Leganes were not easy to beat and conceded only 55 goals and finished 11th in the league, impressive for a side that many considered not good enough.
Garitano has tweaked the strategy and has managed to find a few more goals this season as Leganes sit comfortably in 9th place, just three points behind the European places.
The Spaniard is slowly cementing his side in the top flight and definitely needs more recognition. If he continues his good work, a move to a bigger club won't be far off.