The 5 Most Underrated Managers in World Football currently
Managing is one of the toughest jobs in football. The pressure to deliver instant results, coupled with the fickle nature of the footballing world, puts the manager in a spot more often than not. Thus, their importance can’t be overstated enough.
A manager in football is much more vital than a coach in cricket with the former primarily tasked with exploring different avenues and finalising the right course of action.
Though cricket teams can survive without a coach for a while, the same is hardly true for a football team.
Thus, one needs to give credit where it is due and appreciate the hard yards managers put in behind the scenes.
However, as with players, there are some managers who just have a little more star quotient attached to them than others. While those left out of the said list do pretty well themselves, they aren’t always in the limelight.
Hence, in a bid to accord them their rightful place at the forefront, we would take a look at the five most underrated managers across the globe currently.
Honourable Mentions: Pablo Machin (Sevilla) and Gareth Southgate (England)
#5 Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)
The Englishman has been at the helm for the Cherries since 2012 and has scaled seemingly insurmountable peaks with Bournemouth. After taking over from Paul Groves, Howe has overseen the Cherries’ promotion to the Championship and eventually the Premier League.
Though the Englishman faced initial teething problems in Bournemouth’s first season in the top flight, he ensured his team stayed up in the league.
As the seasons have rolled by, Howe has made the Cherries genuine mid-table contenders and is even well-placed for a tilt at a Europa League spot this term.
With a penchant for swashbuckling football, Howe has enthralled the Premier League with his style of attacking play. While the Cherries were earlier adept at keeping the ball, this season he has shown his adaptability by transforming them into a deadly counter-attacking team.
Howe has risen through the ranks rapidly and has earned plenty of plaudits across Europe.
And if he continues his superb growth, the big hitters of Europe could be at his doorstep very soon.