Rafa Benitez has been included in a last of the World’s top Managers.

L’Equipe asked 33 of their journalists to use a voting system to decide on who should make the list of the 50 best in the World.

This is how they went about it.

L’Equipe:

‘A simple question: who are the best coaches in operation? To give them complete freedom, no guidance was given to them on the criteria to be taken into account. Everyone gave the importance they wanted to the prize list, the recent results, the style of play and so on.

We asked each juror to select 30 coaches each and to rank them from 1 to 30, with the number 1 being the best coach in the world. The votes were held until Monday, April 10, before the results of the quarter-finals of the Champions League are known.

How votes were counted

The first choice of each juror obtained 30 points, the second choice had 29 points and so on until the thirtieth choice, which had a point. All scores were added to give a total score for each coach.

L’Equipe write-up on Rafa Benitez:

‘Never again reached the heights of the miraculous victory in the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005.

Even the Europa League won with Chelsea in 2013 was devalued by the disenchantment of the Blues fans for the former Red.

He did not manage to keep Newcastle in the Premier League but is about to bring it back a year later, which is never simple.’

As I wrote this, L’Equipe had revealed numbers 11 to 50, with the top 10 still to be revealed.

These are the interesting ones from numbers 11 to 50, with five current Premier League Managers, or rather six when including Rafa Benitez!

The L’Equipe journalist overall rating is before each manager’s name, then to the right is how many points each one got from the 33 journalists in total.

11 Didier Deschamps (France) – 538 points

12 Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) – 509 points

13 Luis Enrique (Barcelona) – 491 points

18 Claudio Ranieri (No current club) – 390 points

20 Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) – 293 points

27 Rafa Benitez (Newcastle United) – 132 points

30 Claude Puel (Southampton) – 95 points

31 Ronald Koeman (Everton) – 92 points

37 Louis van Gaal (No current club) – 73 points

45 Chris Coleman (Wales) – 40 points

47 Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) – 36 points

No sign of Steve McClaren, John Carver, David Moyes and Alan Pardew.

Although there again, they haven’t yet revealed the top 10…!!!



  • Jimblag23

    Deschamps and Luis Enrique better? Yeah ok?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    27th, he`s better than that

    • CHRIS OWENS

      Without a doubt

  • Alex

    I think we’ve had enough of the French this week.

  • HappyToons

    Is David Moyes there …doing a terrific job at Sunlan’ in my opinion, could be another Laurie Mackemenemy, given another year

    • Jezza

      Laurie Mackemenemy, ha ha I like that one though of course he was never called that at the time simpy because the term “Mackem” didn’t come into common useage till some time after his spell at Roker Park.

  • Leicester Mag

    Subjective cack

  • Kneebotherm8

    Geordie John Chava not in the top 50 ?????????? Its got be a to be a fix.