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French Newspaper L'Equipe Pick The Best Football Manager In The World

French Newspaper L'Equipe Pick The Best Football Manager In The World

Do you agree with their choice?

Josh Lawless

Josh Lawless

A hot topic in football conversations for fans is who the best manager in the world is today and French outet L'Equipe have weighed in with their thoughts.

The newspaper, using the opinions of 33 journalists, have drafted up a list of 50 names of bosses and ranked them on their website, with several Premier League managers featuring along with several of the elite coaches at the top end of European football.

In fact, there are four Premier League coaches in the top ten, where Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is the cream of the crop.

For the first time in his managerial career, Guardiola will end a season without a trophy but that hasn't stopped L'Equipe from rating him as the best coach in world football.

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Antonio Conte, who could well win a domestic double in his first season at Chelsea if his side win the Premier League and FA Cup, is in second place on the list, while Jose Mourinho is in fifth behind Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti.

Zinedine Zidane, who guided Real Madrid to the Champions League after taking over from Rafa Benitez last season, is viewed as the eighth best manager, five places above Luis Enrique, who will leave Barcelona in the summer.

Leonardo Jardim has transformed AS Monaco into one of the most exciting teams to watch in Europe and he is in ninth position on this list.

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Jurgen Klopp is the final representative from the Premier League in the top ten two places ahead of Mauricio Pochettino, who has been showered with praise by fans and pundits alike for the job he is doing at Tottenham.

Elsewhere, Claudio Ranieri is in 18th place following his incredible 2015/16 title-winning success with Leicester City, while Arsene Wenger, still yet to make an announcement on his Arsenal future, completes the top 20.

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The two Brits who make the cut are Wales boss Chris Coleman and Bournemouth's Eddie Howe, who are in 45th and 47th place respectively.

Here is the list in full:

  1. Pep Guardiola (Man City)
  2. Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
  3. Diego Simeone (Atletico)
  4. Carlo Ancelotti (Bayern)
  5. Jose Mourinho (Man Utd)
  6. Max Allegri (Juventus)
  7. Joachim Low (Germany)
  8. Zinedine Zidane (Madrid)
  9. Leonardo Jardim (Monaco)
  10. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
  11. Didier Deschamps (France)
  12. Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)
  13. Luis Enrique (Barcelona)
  14. Jorge Sampaoli (Argentina/Sevilla)
  15. Unai Emery (PSG)
  16. Marcelo Bielsa (Unemployed)
  17. Lucien Favre (Nice)
  18. Claudio Ranieri (Unemployed)
  19. Fernando Santos (Portugal)
  20. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)
  21. Thomas Tuchel (Borussia Dortmund)
  22. Tite (Brazil)
  23. Maurizio Sarri (Napoli)
  24. Marcello Lippi (China)
  25. Laurent Blanc (Unemployed)
  26. Julen Lopetegui (Spain)
  27. Rafa Benitez (Newcastle)
  28. Ernesto Valverde (Athletic Bilbao)
  29. Julian Nagelsmann (Hoffenheim)
  30. Claude Puel (Southampton)
  31. Ronald Koeman (Everton)
  32. Luciano Spalletti (AS Roma)
  33. Marcelo Gallardo (River Plate)
  34. Rudi Garcia (Marseille)
  35. Mircea Lucescu (Zenit)
  36. Manuel Pellegrini (Hebei China Fortune)
  37. Louis van Gaal (Unemployed)
  38. Jorge Jesus (Sporting Portugal)
  39. Giovanni Trapattoni
  40. Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay)
  41. Luiz Felipe Scolari (Guangzhou Evergrande)
  42. Gian Piero Gasperini (Atalanta)
  43. Heimir Hallgrimsson (Iceland)
  44. Ralph Hasenhüttl (RB Leipzig)
  45. Chris Coleman (Wales)
  46. Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord)
  47. Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)
  48. Lars Lagerback (Norway)
  49. Juan Antonio Pizzi (Chile)
  50. Ricardo La Volpe (Club America)

What are your thoughts on the list compiled?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

(h/t The Independent)

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Topics: Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, Premier League, Champions League