Football fans love nothing more than dissecting managers; praising their strengths and lambasting their weaknesses.
From glowing endorsements of a gaffer’s philosophy, tactical mastery and man-management skills, to savage slates in relation to team selection, performances and even touchline attire.
Well, here’s something different for you.
The Premier League dugout is home to some former World class players, so Esports betting company Unikrn have conducted the research, crunched the numbers and ranked top-flight managers by their player ratings on FIFA.
This does, of course, mean there are some exclusions.
He may have been named the FIFA World Coach of the Year in 2013, and lifted 33 trophies in four different countries, including three Premier League titles, yet Jose Mourinho misses out as he never cut it as a player.
Meanwhile, the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, the top-flight’s oldest ever gaffer Roy Hodgson and Marco Bielsa had all drawn the curtains on their respective playing careers prior to the birth of the FIFA franchise in 1993.
Ralph Hasenhuttl, Chris Wilder, David Moyes, Jurgen Klopp, and Brendan Rodgers also miss out.
It’s not too much of a surprise considering that the former England, Chelsea and West Ham midfielder won 14 trophies during his playing days and was a Ballon d’Or runner-up in 2005, the year he was ranked 90 on the game with a stonking 94 shot power.
Steve Bruce may not enjoy the full support of the Newcastle faithful right now, but his achievements as a prayer can’t be disputed. The defender won three Premier League titles, a couple of FA Cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup, and was handed a rating of 89 in 1997, the same year third-placed Slaven Bilic attained a score of 86.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s (4th) top score perhaps surprisingly came in 2005 when he didn’t play a single game due to injury - probably to do with the fact that between 1998 and 2002 players’ overall ratings were not judged out of 0-99 - while Mikel Arteta completes the top-five with an 83, achieved in 2010 when he was at Everton.
Check out the full rankings in the table below...
Source: Fifa Index + various. Ratings based on first edition of game at start of season