With Ballon d'Or nominees Jurgen Klopp and Jupp Heynckes competing for the best manager in Europe title, it wasn't a surprise that treble-winning Heynckes ended victorious.
However, we look closer to England and in the Premier League to find who have been the best and worst managers of the season so far.
How do you decide who did the best job as a manager? Is it just on how they stand in the league table?Or maybe how successful they were in getting the returns on their investments in the squad?
We put all these factors together to determine who have been the three best managers focussing on their performances in the summer transfer window and in the first half of the season.
3) Brendan Rodgers:
Out of Europe and Suarez looking to leave, circumstances for Liverpool didn't look that good at the end of last season.
However, some astute signings and the retention of Luis Suarez made all the difference as Rodgers is now pulling one of the better title challenges they have put in recent years.
Getting Sturridge, Henderson and Mignolet in great form before getting the returning Suarez firing on all cylinders has been a great achievement from Rodgers.
They now have the chance to build on that first-half season form and provide a good run ending with at-least a Champions league spot for the people at the Kop.
2) Roberto Martinez:
When David Moyes left Everton for Manchester United, fans were worried that he might take key staff and players along with him, making the job for the replacement Roberto Martinez very hard. But Martinez has shown his prowess in the transfer market.
He is doing what Moyes did for so long; picking gems for a pittance; but only a bit better. His loan dealings - Lukaku, Barry and Deulofeu in particular - have been outstanding. Holding on to Baines and selling Fellaini for a hefty fee were commendable jobs.
On the pitch, he has made Everton very hard to beat and have been beaten just twice in the league. A spot in the Europa League should be the least of the targets for them going forward.
1) Arsene Wenger:
An opening day home defeat to Aston Villa and just two free transfers in the whole transfer window, another mediocre season seemed to be at the wake in August.
However, Arsene Wenger took all the right steps as he kept all the key players at the club for the first time in many seasons and grabbed hold of Ozil- a guy who would improve both the performances and the morale in the club.
Consistency and defence- two of the weakest points of Arsenal - have been turned around into two of the biggest strengths that they possess. Turning around Ramsey, Giroud, Szcesny and Sagna's fortunes has been key for Arsenal and Wenger deserves the biggest credit for that. How committed he is to that league title, would however depend on who he buys to further strengthen his squad in January
Manuel Pellegrini - Spending £100+ million pounds and producing results that match that outlay is something Pellegrini has managed very well. Away outings had been a problem for them early on but with the defeat of Bayern at Allianz Arena, that seems to be sorted too.
Mauricio Pochettino - When Adkins' controversial sacking was done, not many predicted that replacing Pochettino to produce such astute results so quickly, especially with his lack of English speaking skills. It clearly is a tribute to his talent that they once stood in third. Had that run continued, he would surely have sat at Wenger's place in this list.
Continuing from our deductions, we consider the factors of the performances in the league, use of resources at hand and getting returns on spendings to determine the worst three managers in the Premier League.
3) Martin Jol:
On paper, Fulham's squad doesn't look that bad: Berbatov, Taarabt, Senderos, Amorebeita, Stekelenberg, Kasami, Bryan Ruiz, Scott Parker, Sidwell, Darren Bent, Jon Arne Riise and many other talents.
A lot of expenditure was done on the squad with the hopes of a challenge to the likes of Everton, Swansea and Southampton for a good sixth to 10th placed finish. What ensued was a dismal start to the campaign and they now stand one point off the relegation zone and have conceded 11 goals more than any other side in the Premier League.
Jol's sacking at the start of December on the back of five consecutive defeats was no relief to the side too as the new manager Meulensteen is no relief to the struggles Fulham face.
2) Andre Villas-Boas:
On the back of a strong 2012-13 season where we saw Tottenham only just missing out on a Champions League place to Arsenal, Villas-Boas famously claimed that Arsenal are in a negative spiral while Tottenham are in a positive one.
However, that was not to be as Tottenham found themselves at ninth position before getting trashed 5-0 at the hands of Liverpool.
Over £100 million worth of investment on the squad after the sale of Gareth Bale did no favours to Villas-Boas as he struggled to get the best out of the. However, under the replacement manager Tim Sherwood, the ship seemed to have steadied and they are now producing some credible results, most important one being the one at Old Trafford.
1) Paolo Di Canio:
Loud, arrogant but talented and passionate Di Canio had only two ways he could go- either the top of the mountain or the bottom of the valley. Riddled in controversies, Di Canio however ended up at the bottom of the ocean as he not only spent millions on the purchases of 14 new players, with 13 from abroad; but also failed to obtain results with them.
Before his sacking, Sunderland were rock-bottom in the Premier League with just a single point from the opening five games. However, the worst effect he had was the absolute destruction of the morale in the dressing room, while Sunderland are yet to fully recover from. However, under Gus Poyet there are surely signs of better days to come.
Do you agree with the list? Who would you pick for the best and the worst and why?
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