The 5 best managers in the world currently
Every football fan would testify that the most pivotal position at a club is that of the manager. An enormous amount of responsibility is placed on the man in charge and the way he moulds his team. Recently, in the Champions League, we saw two managers, namely Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel making the most of their scarce resources to pull off a tactical masterclass.
On the other hand, even a manager of the ilk of Jose Mourinho paid the price at Old Trafford for his failure to optimize the players at his disposal.
A good manager inevitably ends up being the difference between a team punching above its weight and another criminally under-performing. Thus, the importance of the people at the top can’t be overstated enough.
At the moment, there are several high-profile managers plying their trade across the globe. However, it is quite difficult to pin-point those who actually distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack.
Yet, we would indulge in the unenviable task of putting together a list of five of the best managers on the planet currently and why they make the cut ahead of the others. Without further ado, here is a look at them:
(The managers considered are those working at the club-level)
Honourable Mentions: Lucien Favre, Thomas Tuchel and Carlo Ancelotti
#5 Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur)
The Argentine has been around the managerial circuit for quite a while. After impressing with his work at Espanyol, Pochettino found himself on his way to England. Though a brief stint with Southampton was fruitful, it is his time at Tottenham that casts him as one of the best managers on the planet.
In his time at Spurs, Pochettino has brought several young players and made them household names. The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier and more recently, Harry Winks owe their success to the Argentine.
Yet, the most outstanding aspect of Pochettino’s management is his ability to squeeze every ounce of performance from the players in his ranks. Spurs have been short of funds over the past couple of years (their new stadium isn’t ready just yet) but the Argentine has made sure his core players have pledged themselves to the club.
Despite not possessing the astronomical sums of money his Premier League contemporaries have, he has made Spurs genuine title contenders as they sit just five points off the perch currently.
However, the Argentine has failed to lay his hands on a trophy during his tenure at Tottenham. While the first winner’s medal seems a question of when rather than if, his lack of silverware is the only yardstick which pulls him down.
Thus, Pochettino has to settle for fifth spot on our list.