Best football managers in 2020

So far 2020 has been the year of glory for many football teams and we all know that they owe this to their brilliant soccer managers who work really hard to bring the best they can out of the team’s stars.
Best football managers in 2020

As one of the most entertaining and beloved sports in the world, football owes its popularity to the players who mesmerize us every time they run through the pitch, and more importantly the soccer managers who work really hard to bring the best they can out of these stars.

Every time we watch a team’s amazing performance, or a star kicking the ball in the net, we know that there is a real coach behind the curtain. Someone who has planted the seed and waited for it to grow.

Managing the team is the most important job with no doubt and requires a substantial knowledge of the game. The team’s coach has to make the players act like one unit, while he has to be able to work with them individually, motivating and disciplining them!

As a conclusion, the coaches need to anticipate the physical and psychological condition of their players to be a successful football manager, and that’s why they have to be a coach, a footballer, a psychologist, and a manager at the same time!

In the following list of the best football managers in 2020, we have looked at the coaches’ performance during the last season and came up with a list of 20 of these best soccer managers. Join us to figure out whose name is on this list.

The best soccer managers 2020

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15- Stefano Pioli

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name: Stefano Pioli
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Date of birth: 20 October 1965
  • Current team: AC Milan

The first on our list of the best football managers in 2020 is Stefano Pioli, the current Milan coach. As one of the top football managers in 2020, Stefano Pioli replaced Gennaro Gattuso when Milan was in its worst situation.

Pioli was appointed as Milan's new coach on 9 October 2019 on a deal to the end of the season. However, his performance was good enough to persuade the team to sign him with another contract in 2020. With this two-year deal extension, the head coach will now stay with the team until June 2022.

Pioli’s favorite formations were 4–2–3–1, or a 3–5–2, while during his time at Lazio, he often used a 4–3–3 formation.

However, with Milan, he decided to use the WM formation, which is also known as 3–2–2–3. Anyway, this formation was only used until the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January 2020.

Based on Zlatan’s presence, Pioli switched Milan's formation to his favorite one, the 4–2–3–1, which allowed the 38-year-old goal-scorer to play upfront without much of defensive work.

With the help of the brilliant Swedish player, and thanks to the coach, Milan has been in its best form since the beginning of 2020!

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14- Frank Lampard

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name: Frank James Lampard
  • Nationality: English
  • Date of birth: 20 June 1978
  • Current team: Chelsea

As one of the top football managers in 2020, the former Chelsea player, started coaching the team back in 2019 and has managed the team in 38 matches so far, in which they have won 20, lost 12 and finished 6 in a draw.

Lampard joined the team on 4 July 2019, on a three-year contract and became Chelsea’s first English manager after more than two decades.

Before his move to Chelsea as the new coach, many believed that he could not be the perfect match for the vacant managerial position. But despite all the negative opinions, he has performed perfectly so far, helping the team to be qualified for UEFA Champions League, being nominated for the Premier League Manager of the season, and finishing as the FA Cup Runners-up.

With the help of Lampard, Chelsea have finished the season in the fourth place. This is while the team were banned from signing any player in the transfer window and lost their main star, Eden Hazard as the brilliant player left the team to join Real Madrid.

13- Mikel Arteta

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name:  Mikel Arteta Amatriain
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Date of birth: 26 March 1982
  • Current team: Arsenal

The next coach on our list of the best football managers in 2020 is Mikel Arteta.

The former Arsenal player started coaching the team On 20 December 2019, after leaving his previous job as Manchester City assistant coach.  

The story of him starting coaching is interesting as he was offered to lead the Arsenal Academy, by Arsène Wenger after he was retired. But instead he decided to join Man City and Guardiola as the team’s assistant coach. He started coaching Man City along with Guardiola on 3 July 2016 and continued his job there for the next three years. Then in 2019, he made a deal with Arsenal until 2023.

Since then he has helped the team to win both the FA Cup and the Community Shield within his first season. The team won the FA Cup final over Chelsea and the Community Shield final over Liverpool.

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12- Rudi Garcia

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name: Rudi José Garcia
  • Nationality: French
  • Date of birth: 20 February 1964
  • Current team: Lyon

The current Lyon coach has a long history of coaching, starting his career back in 1994 by managing Corbeil-Essonnes. Ranked as one of the top soccer managers in 2020, he later managed Saint-Étienne, Dijon, Le Mans, Lille, Roma, Marseille.

He started coaching Lyon back on 14 October 2019, taking over after Sylvinho. Together, the team and the coach achieved a lot, as they went forward from the group stage, beating Juventus in the Round of 16.

Then they moved forward to the Semi-finals, defeating Manchester City. However, they eventually lost their match to Bayern Munich.

11- Thomas Tuchel

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name: Thomas Tuchel
  • Nationality: German
  • Date of birth: 29 August 1973
  • Current team: PSG

As one of the greatest football managers in 2020, Tuchel is speacially known for his achievements with Paris Saint-Germain.

He started coaching in 2000 with VfB Stuttgart youth club, going to FC Augsburg II in 2007. He later

Coached Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund, before joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2018. Since then he has been one of the best managers the team has ever had.

With PSG, Tuchel has won Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophée des Champions, and as the most recent achievement he has lead the team to finish UEFA Champions League as the runner-up.

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10- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name:  Ole Gunnar Solskjær
  • Nationality: Norwegian
  • Date of birth: 26 February 1973
  • Current team: Manchester United

The next coach on our list of the best soccer managers in 2020, is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is also a former football player. The current Manchester United coach started his coaching job with Manchester United Reserves team in 2008, and later managed Molde, and Cardiff City before starting his job at Manchester United in 2008.

He was appointed as the team’s caretaker manager on 19 December 2018, taking over from José Mourinho for the rest of the 2018–19 season. In that time he was actually the Molde coach, where in his absence the assistant coach, Erling Moe, was leading the team. He was scheduled to return to Molde in May 2019, but after his request for a new contract was rejected by Molde director Oystein Neerland, he continued his job with the Red Devils.

In the 2019-20 season, Solskjaer, managed the team to win 18 games, while they lost 8 and finished 12 of their matches in a draw. With these results Man Utd finished the 2019–20 season in the third spot, which is a very interesting result, as it’s only the second time Manchester United had finished in the top 3 since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

We also have to mention that with the help of the top football manager, Manchester United is now starting the new season with the hope of winning all the possible titles next season.

9- Antonio Conte

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name: Antonio Conte
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Date of birth: 31 July 1969
  • Current team: Inter

Time to talk about Antonio Conte and his coaching job. As one of the best football managers in 2020, Antonio Conte started his coaching career back in 2006 with Arezzo. Continuing with many big clubs such as Atalanta, Juventus, and Chelsea, Conte finally joined Inter Milan in 2019. Though he was a member of Chelsea for a very short period of time (2 years), he achieved many honors during his stay with the Blues, including the Premier League and the FA Cup.

With Inter, he has started a revolution, helping The Black and Blues back in the title race this season. Together they have made it to the top four in the UEFA Europa League.

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8- Nuno Espirito Santo

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name:  Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo
  • Nationality: Sao Tomean
  • Date of birth: 25 January 1974
  • Current team: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Next on our list of the best football managers in 2020, is Nuno Espirito Santo, who is a Portuguese former footballer. During his professional playing career, he played as a goalkeeper.

Currently he is the head coach of the English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He started his coaching career by rejoining former Porto manager Jesualdo Ferreira, moving to Malaga CF as a goalkeeping coach. He later coached Rio Ave, Valencia, and Porto, before starting his job with the Premier League side in 2017 on a three-year deal contract.

Being known as one of the top football managers, Espírito Santo was awarded the Premier League Manager of the Month title for a second time on 10 July 2020 for a run of five fixtures unbeaten between the beginning of March and the end of June. The run included four wins and four clean sheets. His team reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League, their best such performance since being finalists in 1971–72.

It is worth mentioning that with the help of Santo, Wolverhampton Wanderers has won the EFL Championship in 2017–18.

7- Zinedin Zidane

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name: Zinedine Yazid Zidane
  • Nationality: French
  • Date of birth: June 23, 1972
  • Current team: Real Madrid

As one of the most famous names in the football world, zidane, popularly known as Zizou, is the current manager of La Liga club Real Madrid. Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Zidane started his coaching career back in 2014, with Real Madrid Castilla. He later joined Real Madrid in 2016 and guided the team to win the La Liga title back in 2016-17. However, the La Liga title was not all they achieved as they could win the Supercopa de España, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup as well. In May 2018, Zidane announced his resignation as Real Madrid manager and left the club.

But was it the end? Not for sure! Real Madrid lost a lot of after the departure of the legendary coach and so eventually Zidane returned as the Real Madrid head coach on 11 March 2019, on a contract until summer 2022. With the return of the famous coach, Real Madrid bounced back brilliantly and won La Liga and also Supercopa de España for the second time in 2020.

6- Julian Nagelsmann

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name: Julian Nagelsmann
  • Nationality: German
  • Date of birth: July 23, 1987
  • Current team: RB Leipzig

Born on 23 July 1987, the German coach started his football career back in 2002, and later played for Augsburg and 1860 Munich at youth level. However, due to the many injuries, he decided to end his footballing career in 2008.

To begin with his coaching career he started his job as a coach assistant of Alexander Schmidt at his former club 1860 Munich from 2008 to 2010.

From 2010 till 2016 he managed different youth teams in 1899 Hoffenheim's youth academy. Finally, Nagelsmann was announced as 1899 Hoffenheim head coach on 27 October 2015, on a three year deal.Three years later, on 21 June 2019, he joined the well-known Bundesliga team, RB Leipzig and has done a brilliant job with the club since.

During the 2019 UEFA Champions League, Nagelsmann guided the team to make their way to the top four, which made him the youngest coach in history to coach a side in a Champions League Semi-Final. However, Leipzig lost their match against PSG in the tournamet’s semi-finals, eventually.

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5- Pep Guardiola

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name: Pep Guardiola
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Date of birth: January 18, 1971
  • Current team: Manchester City

As the next and one of the bests on the list of best football managers in 2020, we want to talk about Pep Guardiola. The current Man City is of the bests in the Premier League and in the world of football. He started coaching with Barcelona B team, later joining the Blaugrana’s first team. He later managed Bayern Munich and finally joined the Citizens on 1 February 2016.

So far, with the team, he has been able to win the Premier League for two times, the 2018–19 FA Cup, three EFL Cups and two FA Community Shield cups.

He finished the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League by being defeated in front of Lyon in the quarter-finals but by the beginning of the 2020 Premier League season, now it’s time for him and the team to do their best and win the title one more time.

4- Julen Lopetegui

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name: Julen Lopetegui
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Date of birth: August 28, 1966
  • Current team: Sevilla

No one thought Lopetegui’s name would be on the list of the best football managers in 2020, but the coach has one brilliantly so far. He started coaching the team after leaving Real Madrid in 2018.

In his first year, they finished fourth to qualify for the Champions League, and on 21 August they defeated Inter Milan 3–2 in the 2020 UEFA Europa League Final, his first club honour. Amazing… Huh?

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3- Gian Piero Gasperini

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name: Gian Piero Gasperini
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Date of birth: January 26, 1958
  • Current team: Atalanta

The former football player started coaching back in 2003 and has gone up the ladder of success since. He started coaching Atalanta back in 2016.

During the 2019-20 season, Gasperini helped the team to get to the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League, after winning over Valencia in the second leg on 10 March 2020. It has been said that Atalanta has the best forward line in Serie A thanks to Gasperini, one of the best football managers in 2020.

2- Jürgen Klopp

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name: Jürgen Norbert Klopp
  • Nationality: German
  • Date of birth: June 16, 1967
  • Current team: Liverpool

Next on the list of the greatest football managers in 2020 is Jürgen Klopp, the best soccer manager in the Premier League.

This year he has been almost the best football coach in the world, as he has helped Liverpool to achieve many honors.

Klopp started coaching Mainz 05 back in 2001. Later he joined Borussia Dortmund in 2008, and eventually signed his contract as the Reds manager in October 2015.

With the team, he has achieved a lot. To count a few, we can mention the 2019-20 Premier League title, 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, the 2019 UEFA Super Cup, and the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup. The team has also finished as the runner-up in the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League and the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.

In the 2019-20 Premier League season, Klopp managed the team in 38 matches, winning 32, losing 3 and finishing the three other as a tie.

With the beginning of the 2020-21 season, Liverpool went against Leeds United as their first match on 12 October, where they won the match against their rivals with a 4-3 result.

With the help of the coach and their amazing forward trio, Sadio Mane, Mohammad Salah and Roberto Firmino Liverpool has the best chance to win the Premier League title for the second time in a row this season.

1- Hans-Dieter Flick

Best football managers in 2020
  • Full name: Hans-Dieter Flick
  • Nationality: German
  • Date of birth: February 24, 1965
  • Current team: Bayern Munich

Hans-Dieter Flick joined Bayern Munich after Kovac was sacked and he has been the best coach the team could wish for.

As the best coach on our list of the best football managers in 2020, Flick started his coaching career with Victoria Bammental back in 1996. He later managed 1899 Hoffenheim and also Red Bull Salzburg, Germany national team, and Bayern Munich as the coach assistant.

Joining Bayern Munich as Niko Kovac assistant coach back in 2019, Flick started his job with the German side and when Kovac left the team in November, Flick started managing the team as the interim manager and later, due to his satisfying spell as interim coach, was appointed the team’s manager until the end of season. However, his performance was so good that at the end of the season, the club signed him on a deal until 2023.

In August 2020, Flick won the UEFA Champions League as the manager of Bayern, completing the club's second continental treble.

With the help of the top coach, Bayern won the 2019–20 Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and the UEFA Champions League, completing the continental treble for the second time in their history.

So tell us what you think? Do you agree with our choices of the best football managers in 2020? Which manager you think should have been included in the list and who is the best football manager in 2020? Let us know in the comments below.

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