SKF Manager of the month in the top 5 leagues in Europe
We try to give you an insight into the thought-processes involved when deciding on the Manager of the month, for the month of February.
You would think the Spaniard is probably in contention to be the best manager in the month of February in all of Europe - thanks to his side's brilliant cup final victory against Arsenal to add to the almost-certain League title. But life's quite a lot harder as manager of a football club these days.
Here's our ranking for the top managers in each of the top 5 leagues in Europe, for the month of February.
#5 Jupp Heynckes - Bayern Munich (GERMANY)
When Jupp Heynckes came out of retirement to take over the reigns at the Allianz Arena, few expected things to go as well as they have since. The last time the German was in-charge at Munich, Bayern went on to win the only treble in their history.
After beginning his second stint as manager at the club, Heynckes has similarly kept the Munich giants alive in all three competitions, playing 25, losing and drawing one each and winning a scarcely believable 23 matches.
In the month of February, Bayern - under the German - have managed to win all their engagements in the league, cup and champions league knock-out stages, except the final match that they drew against Hertha Berlin, all the while scoring 15 goals and letting in just the one.
With unparalleled numbers like that, it comes as no surprise that Jupp Heynckes sits pretty on top of the list of nominees for manager of the month in Germany.
The performance in the UCL round of 16 tie against Besiktas (5 away goals without reply), was enough to seem him edge out the others quite comfortably. However, taking into account the relatively easier nature of the Bundesliga (a 19 point lead at the top) Heynckes could only manage the 5th spot on our list.