The list, put together by a number of specialist journalists from around the globe, is based mainly - but not exclusively - on the 2014-2015 season. According to the editorial team at FourFourTwo: "It'd be harsh (or generous, on the flip side) to judge a head honcho heavily on his last year's work... There's still a generous nod to recent achievements, of which there are many among our crop, but a manager is made over time – or specifically, he makes himself – and that's what this list is really about".
FourFourTwo's Top 15
1. Jose Mourinho (Chelsea)
2. Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich)
3. Luis Enrique (FC Barcelona)
4. Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid)
5. Massimilano Allegri (Juventus)
6. Jürgen Klopp (unattached)
7. Unai Emery (Seville FC)
8. Joachim Löw (Germany)
9. Carlo Ancelotti (unattached)
10. Laurent Blanc (PSG)
11. Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)
12. Leonardo Jardim (AS Monaco)
13. Ronald Koeman (Southampton)
14. Rudy Garcia (AS Roma)
15. Jorge Jesus (Sporting)
After an excellent 2013-2014 campaign with Sporting, Leonardo Jardim followed it up with a top class season's work in the Principality in 2014-2015. His place in the ranking is amply justified by AS Monaco's third place finish in Ligue 1, and of course their run in the UEFA Champions League. The stunning win over Arsenal made a big impression, but the former Red & Whites' former coach, Arsène Wenger, nonetheless remains one place above his successor.
There are just four Ligue 1 coaches in the Top 50. Behind Laurent Blanc (Paris SG, 10th) and Leonardo Jardim (12th), are Jocelyn Gourvennec (Guingamp, 30th) and Hervé Renard (Lille, 42nd),the latter earning plaudits for guiding Ivory Coast on a good run in the Africa Cup of Nations. There are also two former Monegasques on the list. Didier Deschamps (France, 28th) is one of the eleven national side coaches included, while Marcelo Gallardo (River Plate, 31st) is the only name on the list to have played for AS Monaco.