For all the noise about the players of the year, they’d be nothing or close to it without the help of their football managers. In 2018, some of these managers changed the face of the game by winning as many trophies and also tinkering with formations so many times it left fans wondering.
Here’s a list of the managers who did exceptionally well in the year 2018:
1. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
The philosopher has taken football to a whole new level. He has done it in the Premier League. Exceptional football with Exceptional results.
2. Didier Deschamps (France)
World champion as player and coach. Football is not all about talent. It is not enough. You have to manage them. Didi has done it immensely.
3. Zlatko Dalic (Croatia)
The wily Croat is a history maker. Coaxing the best of the golden generation of Croatian football. Astute and tactful
4. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
Man manager per excellence. Tactically apt and Serial winner. Hot commodity in football.
5. Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid)
Cholo has done it again. Atleti keep scaling new heights. Rojiblanco Immortality is not far away.
6. Zoran Mamic (Al Ain)
Created memories with the Arabian champions. Master tactician. Made a nation dream in the Club World Cup.
7. Roberto Martinez (Belgium)
Another manager of a golden generation team. Extracting the tactical best of a talented bunch. Unlucky to not attain World Cup Greatness.
8. Gareth Southgate (England)
Modern and innovative. Made a whole territory believe again. In hindsight, he admitted that his England side weren’t ready to win the World Cup.
9. Max Allegri (Juventus)
The Italian is in a league of his own. A future Italian manager.
10. Juergen Klopp (Liverpool)
Completely transformed Liverpool. Rightly backed in a bid to take them to the next level.
11. Ernesto Valverde (FC Barcelona)
Almost achieved the unbeaten season. Hard to believe he took over a team in shambles. Mystery he is still unloved in those parts.
12. Reynold Petros (Olympique Lyon Feminina)
Champions again. Petros has redefined Female football.
13. Marcelo Gallardo (River Plate)
He won the Copa Libertadores in highly dramatic fashion despite not playing a leg at home. He stands out from other football managers as he helped resurrect the career of Juan Quintero while also creating a new generations of heroes. It’s no wonder he was named in the final shortlist for South America Coach of the Year award.
14. Mouine Chaabani (Esperance Tunis)
A great motivator. An innovator in African football. His tactical astuteness was of the essence.
15. Akira Nishino (Japan)
A true Samurai. Equalled Takeshi Okada’s record in less time-frame. Unlucky to have been bested by Belgium.
16. Ronald Koeman (Netherlands)
Excellent job in overhauling the Dutch squad. Proper reward in reaching the UEFA Nations League Final Four
17. Vladimir Petkovic (Switzerland)
Yet another incredible manager. He placed the Swiss on a pedestal only Jakob Kobi Kuhn could have thought of
18. Fernando Santos (Portugal)
Master strategist among these football managers. He continues to draw the best off a talented squad.
19. Erik Ten Hag (Ajax)
Game changer. Transformed Ajax wholly from incompetent to highly competitive.
20. Tite (Brazil)
From rank outsiders to favorites. An expert manager. The CBF didn’t hesitate to extend the contract till 2022
Author: Rotimi “Papi the Great” Daramola
Rotimi Daramola aka Papi the Great is the owner of ForTheGoal.
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