Study reveals the Top-20 managers of the last decade (2011 - 2020): Featuring Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 13 January 2021, 14:08

Countless debates have been had and continue to be had on the identity of the best manager in the world.

These discussions are of course extremely subjective, views altering daily due to the ever changing managerial narrative.

If we’re simply going by official awards, then it's Jurgen Klopp who has been crowned FIFA’s Best Male Coach in each of the last two seasons; something Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick is probably a bit peeved about, considering he lifted no fewer than five trophies in 2020.

However, where does Klopp rank when it comes to the best managers over the course of the last decade: 2011 to 2020?

Well, International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) have conducted their own study and in turn revealed the Top-20 best managers from the aforementioned time frame.

IFFHS have allocated each manager points based on their yearly ranking. For example: 1st bags 20 points, 2nd gets 19 points, 3rd receives 18 points, and so on through to 20 - these scores are then totalled up.

From this formula, it’s the long-serving Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone who comes out on top with 152 points.

Simeone, who has been at the helm since 2011, may ‘only’ have clinched the one league title during the period up to 2020 - we say only very lightly as this is a league that features giants Barcelona and Real Madrid - yet his position as No.1 is a testament to both his incredible consistency and the way he has completely transformed Atletico into the top bracket of European clubs.

Simone has also won a couple of Europa Leagues, the Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, and reached two Champions League finals. Meanwhile, his side are in a great position to add a second league title having accrued a four-point lead at the top of La Liga, with two games in hand.

The Argentine is followed by three current Premier League incumbents in IFFHS’s findings.

Pep Guardiola (144 points), who has won a whopping six titles in that 10-year period, Klopp (105), and Jose Mourinho (91).

Max Allegri completes the top-five, while the likes of Unai Emery, Carlo Ancelotti and Mauricio Pochettino feature in the top-10.

Despite retiring back in 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson is 13th on the list, Arsene Wenger is 17th and Laurent Blanc 20th.

IFFHS’s Top-20 Managers: 2011-2020

20. Laurent Blanc (Al-Rayyan): 21 points

19. Jesse Marsch (RB Salzburg): 22

18. Leonardo Jardim: 25

17. Arsene Wenger: 25

16. Ernesto Valverde: 26

15. Jupp Heynckes: 34

14. Luis Enrique (Spain): 35

13. Sir Alex Ferguson: 35

12. Claudio Ranieri (Sampdoria): 36

11. Antonio Conte (Inter Milan): 53

10. Marcelo Gallardo (River Plate): 56

9. Mauricio Pochettino (PSG): 56

8. Carlo Ancelotti (Everton): 57

7. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid): 59

6. Unai Emery (Villarreal): 70

5. Massimiliano Allegri: 77 

4. Jose Mourinho (Tottenham): 91

3. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool): 105

2. Pep Guardiola (ManCity): 144

1. Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid): 152

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