10. Paco Jemez (Cruz Azul)
Having played at the highest level and won caps for Spain, Jemez has often worked on a tight budget as a manager with a number of smaller sides
Tactical suitability, 4/5: Jemez has a well-known proclivity for positional play, dominating and utilising ball possession through triangular shapes, and pressing extremely high defensively.
Strategic fit, 2/5: Having played at the highest level and won caps for Spain, Jemez has often worked on a tight budget as a manager with a number of smaller sides. He remains idealistic, adventurous and isn’t afraid to try new experiences.
Results, 1/5: Jemez did well with Rayo Vallecano, leading them to mid-table in La Liga before taking them down to the Segunda last season. However, a short spell with Cordoba aside, he’s found success hard to come by elsewhere.
9. Maurizio Sarri (Napoli)
A former banker turned tracksuit coach, Sarri prefers to work with and develop the players immediately available to him.
Tactical suitability, 4/5: Throughout his coaching career, Sarri has favoured a high line and a high press with an extremely compact shape, usually in a 4-3-1-2 or 4-3-3 formation. His teams dominate possession through well-structured build-up before looking to unhinge opponents via exhilarating one-touch passing and interchanges in the final third.
Strategic fit, 1/5: A former banker turned tracksuit coach, Sarri prefers to work with and develop the players immediately available to him. He’s also a demanding – you might say prickly – man-manager who doesn’t mince his words, and his post-match comments have landed him into trouble in the past.
Results, 3/5: Sarri worked his way up the Italian leagues before guiding Empoli into Serie A and keeping them there. He then replaced Rafa Benitez at Napoli last season and instantly led them through a title race.
8. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)
Once a revolutionary, Wenger’s ideas are on the verge of becoming outdated in a sport filled with meticulous tacticians
Tactical suitability, 3/5: Wenger continues to produce some of the most entertaining football in the Premier League, though his laissez-faire approach to tactics and steadfast allegiance to the 4-2-3-1 have restricted Arsenal’s chances of progress in recent times.
Strategic fit, 3/5: Once a revolutionary, Wenger’s ideas are on the verge of becoming outdated in a sport filled with meticulous tacticians. Nonetheless he’s experienced, economically cautious, puts the club before himself and is respected by his players.
Results, 3/5: It’s important to separate Wenger’s past from his present when it comes to results. While he had success with Monaco and Arsenal, his last league title win came 13 years ago.