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Arsene Wenger voted the best coach of THE DECADE

Wenger – delighted


The Spoiler often thanks sweet baby Moses for the very existence of statisticians. Without them, toiling away with magnifying glasses and tweezers, we’d be forced into doing research of our own. Bor-ring!

All of which leads very seamlessly to some interesting information from the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, who have done some very complicated analysis and decreed that Arsene Wenger is the greatest coach of the last ten years.

See the full Top 20 after the jump, and read more about it here… 

1. Arsène Wenger

2. Sir Alexander Ferguson

3. José Mourinho

4. Fabio Capello

5. Guus Hiddink

6. Carlo Ancelotti

7. Luiz Felipe Scolari

 Marcelo Alberto Bielsa

9. Rafael Benítez

10. Marcello Lippi

11. Vicente del Bosque

12. Franklin Rijkaard

13. Sven-Göran Eriksson

14. Karel Brückner

15. Carlos Alberto Gomes Parreira

 Ottmar Hitzfeld

17. Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri »Dunga«

18. Otto Rehhagel

19. Joachim Löw

20. Carlos Bianchi


7 responses so far
  • Ed // January 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Um, Wenger hasn’t won anything for 5 of the last 10 years…

  • Sam Allardyce // January 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Why am I not in first place. I cannot believe that I didn’t even make make the list as I know I am the best in the whole universe. PS: I do love a good burger & fries!

  • Sam Allardyce // January 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Hello me again. Anyone looking for a ‘manager’ with an incredibly over inflated opinion of himself?

  • Casper von Hamsterfanny // January 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I call bullshit on those “statistics”!! Any list that has Rafa Benitez in the Top 10 and leaves out Pep Guardiola is …well…bullshit.

  • Christopher // January 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Guardiola’s only been coaching for three seasons, so he’s not going to have accumulated the same stats as managers who have been in constant employment for the last ten years (even if they haven’t won any trophies for half that time and the last one they won they spent 120 minutes playing for penalties).

  • FuzzyPin // January 10, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Guardiola is joint 28th…

    In far more interesting news, this ranking allows you to see just how ridiculous the names are of some of the world’s top coaches.

    Aloysius Paulus Maria “Louis” van Gaal

    I rest my case….

  • Ope Adediran // January 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Christopher; the coaches don’t need to have coached for the entire decade, they only need to have been active for any length of time during that decade to be eligible for the rating.

    But however, I find it somehow bizarre. I know it’s not all about trophies since no one can win them all and at all times, h…owever being awarded best manager of the last decade without winning any silverware in the last 5+ years leaves much to be desired, just like how Sneijder did not even make the shortlist of the best 3 players of 2010. I congratulate Arsene, Arsenal, and Arsenal fans, at least the trophyless run has ended any which way. Sometimes awards are just equivocal. Personally I would love to see some of the criteria and statistics that was used to arrive at the decision. For a great coach, the trophies count the most, because that’s what will linger most when you’re gone. Trophies are like certificates for the great managers. Wenger still hasn’t won the UCL by which most great managers are rated. I wish him well. I wish everyone well.All the best.

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