It is true that managers of football clubs are often the most highly-criticized people on the pitch, while they are not often praised for their efforts and hard work, which goes unnoticed.
Clubs can go through managers like water, continually trying to improve themselves. Think of Inter Milan at the beginning of the season, from Leonardo to Gasperini until finally deciding on Claudio Ranieri. Meanwhile, during Arsene Wenger's 15-year reign over Arsenal, Real Madrid have had 14 different coaches.
Most European leagues have finally gotten back underway after the winter break, which, of course, includes the top four leagues in UEFA—according to the coefficient ranking system.
Now, looking back at how the season has gone so far, here is one manager from the each of the "Big Four" who has done the job the best so far.
Name: Harry Redknapp
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Mr. Redknapp was the only manager this season to win the 'Manager of the Month' more than once.
He has done wonders with the North London club, leading them from a fifth-place Europa League finish to their current position in third. They are five points behind second-place Manchester United and 10 ahead of arch-rivals Arsenal and fellow Londoners Chelsea.
Pretty impressive turnaround. At the moment, they have collected 53 points, only 9 points behind where they finished with last year.
Name: Jose Mourinho
Club: Real Madrid
The league table says it all: Los blancos are ahead of Barcelona by 10 points. Not only that, they have been in first for 16 weeks. Madrid will have to lose four times or tie five times with their rivals, earning maximum possible points, in order for any club to get ahead of them.
Mourinho has put a lot of effort into making this team what it currently is today. He made some great and important purchases in the summer, such as Fabio Coentrao, which have been contributing very well to the team so far.
It appears that Mourinho's second season is truly the better one.
Name: Lucien Favre
Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach
After success at FC Zürich and Hertha Berlin, the Swiss tactician ended up at Gladbach, saving them from relegation at the end of last season.
They were the shock team of the Bundesliga this season, starting their season off with a 1-0 victory over Bayern München. After a battle with Bochum ending in a 2-1 aggregate score which saw Gladbach survive, they are now in third place on the table just after Bayern and Borussia Dortmund.
The lowest Favre's club has been on the table was seventh in the first week of Bundesliga action; since then, they have only been below sixth place once.
Name: Antonio Conte
A former Juve player himself, Conte has led this team to being honoured with the title of winter champions.
Since 2004, Juventus have been experiencing a drought in trophies, worsened only by their relegation to Serie B after the Calciopoli. Now, with the arrival of Conte, who in turn brought in a series of players, we are beginning to see a rise.
Although second in the league table with two games in hand, i bianconeri seem to be heavy contenders for the title. The last time they finished in second on the table was the season of 2008-09, and now here they are, hardly moved at the top of the table (they were out of first place only for six out of 22 weeks so far this season).