Football managers are the brains behind each football team’s success. They design the plays and strategies from the sidelines and decide which player to field in or not, all for their team to claim the best possible result. They do get the blame most of the time but they are considered as the wind beneath each team’s wings.
From 2015 to 2019, these are the top five bosses who parlayed their wizardry from the bench into their squad’s success.
The Spaniard won the La Liga three times while mentoring Barcelona, whom he also guided to two Copa del Rey trophies. Guardiola also steered the Catalans to the 2009 and 2011 FIFA Club World Cup titles.
As Bayern Munich manager, he won the Bundesliga three times and DFB-Pokal two times. In 2013, he led Bayern to the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup crowns.
Currently at Manchester City, he won a Premier League trophy and EFL Cup in the 2017-18 season during which he had 74 wins, 18 draws and 17 losses as manager.
The 49-year-old Guardiola was named fifth Greatest Manager of All time by the World Soccer Magazine in 2013. He is a five-time winner of Premier League Manager of the Month as of 2018
He also won the La Liga Coach of the Year four times with Barca.
He holds third spot in the Most Successful Football Managers of All Time. He currently manages Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
The Portuguese also previously managed Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United.
At Chelsea, he won three Premier League and Football League Cup titles three times each. At Inter, he won three Serie A titles and also won the Champions League in 2010. Real masrid won the Copa del Rey in2011 under his mentorship, and the La Liga and Spain Super Cup in 2012. At United, he won the Community Shield in 2016 and Europa League and EFL Cup in 2017.
He won the Portuguese Football Federation Portugal Coach of the century in 2015 and was four-time winner of IFFHS World’s B est Club Coach four times and FIFA World Coach of the Year once.
Mourinho, 57, was also named Premier League Manager of the Year three times as well as being named BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award in 2005. He is also included in the 10 Greatest Coaches of the UEFA era ranking.
Italian manager Conte is one of the Most Successful Football Managers in history. He gained fame for implementing the 3-5-2 formation at Juventus where he won three successive trophies.
The 50-year-old Conte is the current boss of Inter Milan in Serie A. Other teams he managed before Inter were Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta, Siena, Juventus, and the Italian national team.
In 2009, he led Bari to the Serie B title and Siena to promotion to Serie A in 2011.
As Chelsea manager, Conte led the Blues to the Premier League crown in 2016 in his first season as boss. In his second season at Chelsea, he won the FA Cup.
Amongst his awards was being named Premier League Manager of the Month three times, and Serie A Coach of the Year thrice. In 2017, he won the Manager of the Season, League Managers Association (LMA) Manager of the Year and Special Achievement GQ Men of the Year awards.
During the London Football Awards, also in 2017, he won the Manager of the Year Award.
Klopp spent 15 seasons as coach in the Bundesliga before plying his trade in England by guiding Liverpool in 2015. At Liverpool, he is praised for fine-tuning the skills of Mohamed Salah, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino.
Before going to Liverpool, Klopp also managed Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund in the German top flight.
He gained prominence at Dortmund which he gave two Bundesliga titles in succession in 2011 and 2012. He also won the DFB-Pokal with Dortmund in 2012 as well as the DFL Supercup twice in a row in 2013 and 2014.
For his amazing stewardship of Dortmund, Klopp won two German Football manager of the Year awards in 2011 and 2012.
The most recent success of the 52-year-old Klopp was in leading Liverpool to their sixth Champions League title last year. In September 2016, he won the Premier League Manager of the Month award as Reds mentor.
Klopp was set to lift another trophy for Liverpool but the current Premier League season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 47-year-old Italian great currently manages La Liga giants Real Madrid. He was once the most expensive footballer in history.
Zidane guided Los Blancos to the 2016-17 La Liga trophy and Champions League titles thrice in a row in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Also, he steered the Spanish capital side to the Supercopa de Espana titles in 217 and 20-19-20, UEFA Super Cup in 2016 and 2017 and FIFA Club World Cup in 2016 and 2017.
His several awards include Best FIFA Football Coach in 2017, ESP Manager of the Year in 2017, World Soccer Magazine World manager of the Year in 2017, Globe Soccer Awards Best Coach of the Year in 2017, and France Football French Manager of the Year in 2016 and 2017.