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Top 10: Managers in world football right now

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In this list, Harvey Leonard shares his opinion on the top ten managers in world football. 

Some great managers have been omitted because of breaks in their respective careers (Pep Guardiola) or health issues (Tito Vilanova). 

A few high-profile coaches like Andre Villas-Boas, Walter Mazzarri and Sami Hyypia can feel unfortunate not to be included, while unemployed managers like Roberto Mancini were also not considered while they are out of work.

10. Frank De Boer - Ajax

This man took Ajax all the way to their third Eredivisie title in a row. Before De Boer was appointed, Ajax hadn't won the Dutch League in six years. The Eredivisie isn't the most competitive league, hence why De Boer isn't further up the list, but I can see some bigger clubs looking at the former Barcelona manager if their managerial position becomes vacant.

9. Paulo Fonseca - FC Porto 

Porto won the league by just one point, although Porto's spot in the Champions League was certain as they finished 24-points ahead of Pacos De Ferreira in third. They also finished runners-up in the Taca da Liga after being narrowly beaten 1-0 by Braga. 

Like De Boer, Fonseca would be higher if Portugal had a more competitive league, but could find himself climbing up the managerial ladder to bigger European clubs in the future.

8. Arsene Wenger - Arsenal

You may be thinking; No trophy in eight years, narrowly getting fourth place each year, celebrates fourth as if they'd won the league, but no. He is, and will always be one of the greatest managers. He is managing my beloved Arsenal and has pushed through the criticism and has secured Arsenal's place in the Champions League for the last 17 seasons. 

Last season Arsenal finished fourth - one point ahead of Spurs, and just two oints behind third place Chelsea - not too shabby. Manchester City were only five points ahead and Manchester United 16. In a very tightly contested league, I don't think he did badly.

7. Leonid Slutsky - CSKA Moscow

Most people will find this man's inclusion a surprise. Slutsky isn't the most successful manager having only won three major trophies. Last season he won the Russian Premier League with CSKA Moscow. It was the first time they had won the league since 2006. 

They also did the double after winning the Russian Cup for the second year running, winning the Russian Super Cup in between. Slutsky is only 42 and will be a hot prospect for bigger clubs if he can repeat the success of last season.

6. Phillipe Montanier - Rennes

Although it says he is manager of Rennes, he is mainly here for managing Real Sociedad to an amazing fourth position in last season's La Liga. Sociedad were promoted from the Segunda Division in 2010 and finished their first season back in 15th, narrowly avoiding relegation again. 

The next season (under Montanier's management) they improved to 12th, and then finally from nowhere they finished in the fourth, grabbing them their first Champions League place since 2004. By doing this, they finished ahead of the likes of Valencia, Malaga and Sevilla.

5. Fatih Terim - Galatasaray S.K

Galatasaray have won the Super Lig a record 19 times, and have won it six out of eight times under the management of Terim, in 1996/07, 97/98, 98/99, 99/00, 2011/12, 12/13. 

Galatasaray won the Super Lig last year by a clear ten-points, beating Fenerbache to first. They also made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and gave Real Madrid a run for their money in Turkey. They also recently beat Napoli, Porto and Arsenal to win the Emirates Cup.

4. Jurgen Klopp - Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund were not able to retain the Bundesliga last season but instead made it to the Champions League Final! Only to be beaten by the team that also beat them in the League.......Bayern Munich. 

They were a long way off the league title despite finishing second. They were a massive 25-points off champions Munich by the end of the season, and just one-point ahead of Sami Hyypia's Bayer Leverkusen. 

They were closer to the Champions League though after eliminating Real Madrid over two legs that will go down in history, but narrowly being beaten 2-1 by Bayern Munich, thanks to a late Arjen Robben goal. I'm sure there is much more to come from Klopp and his superb Dortmund side.

3.Jose 'The Special One' Mourinho - Chelsea

Like Montanier, Mourinho is here for his work at a different club, Real Madrid. Similar to Dortmund, Madrid were not able to retain the La Liga, only managing second, ahead of rivals Atletico Madrid. 

Madrid finished 15 points behind Barca, and nine ahead of Atletico. Since joining Madrid in 2010, He has won La Liga once, the Copa del Rey once and the Supercopa de Espana once. 

His final season at Madrid was an unlucky one after finishing runner-up in La Liga, Copa del Rey and being knocked out in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

2.Carlo Ancelotti - Real Madrid 

The runner-up and another manager here for his contribution at a different club. Carlo Ancelotti was appointed PSG manager with just one day left of 2011, while they were three points ahead of eventual winners, Montpellier. 

Last season was his first full season in charge, and his last. He won Ligue 1 with PSG, the first time they had won it since 1994. They finished a comfortable 12 points ahead of Olympique Marseille. 

The French giants also made it to the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and the Champions League, where they were knocked out by La Liga winners Barcelona on the away goals rule.

1.Antonio Conte - Juventus

Here he is, the man that I believe is the best manager in the world right now. Conte joined Juve in 2011 and won the Serie 'A' for Juventus for the first time in eight seasons, in his first campaign at the club and won it again last season for the second season running by nine points to second placed Napoli. 

They also won the Supercoppa Italiana last season and made it to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia and the quarter-finals of the Champions League. 

At the age of just 44, he could become one of the most successful managers of all-time at Juventus and will surely get offers from other European giants.

 

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