12 Best Dressed Managers in World Football
There are two types of managers in this world:
Those who wear tracksuits on the touchline and those who wear suits. And we are here to celebrate the latter.
Tony Pulis, your council estate granddad look of a full tracksuit and baseball cap combo is not welcome here.
Arsene Wenger, your massive coat that is too big for The Great Khali isn’t going to feature, either.
We shall now don our caps (flat caps, not baseball) to football’s best dressed managers.
12. Phil Brown
Fake tan that would put The Only Way Is Essex cast to shame?
Ear piece and microphone set so you look like you could break into a funky pop song and choreographed dance routine without being inhibited by holding a microphone?
Although former Derby County, Hull City and Preston North End boss Phil Brown can't sing, he did used to like hitting the touchline dressed like a popstar who had fallen out of a "important businessmen overtaken by the urge to dance to infectious song" music video.
11. Malcolm Allison
Known for fur coats, fedoras and cigars, the late Malcolm Allison was rocking a look in the '70s and '80s that would look pretty cool in a Jay-Z music video today.
Not only did he look on the cutting edge of fashion, Big Mal also managed in some of today's trendiest locations: Toronto, London, Lisbon and Middlesbrough.
10. Paul Tisdale
Paul Tisdale is most famous for being the man who brought the cravat to the dugout. He is also known in some circles for being Exeter City manager.
Tisdale should be applauded for bravery to wear a cravat as manager, because why shouldn’t an Exeter City game be treated with the same formality as being part of a wedding party?
9. Fabio Capello
Never to be seen without a tailored Italian suit, the current Russia manager and former manager of England, Real Madrid and AC Milan always looks like the CEO of a bank that's just undergone a major marketing rebrand following negative press from causing the banking collapse and global recession.
8. Sven-Göran Eriksson
With rimless glasses, a sharp suit and face that means business. Former Lazio, England and Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson looks like a modernizing central European politician leading his social conservative party into the centre ground, or a Bond villain who wants to enslave mankind for science reasons, not evil reasons.
7. Cesare Prandelli
The Italy manager's fashion choices can be summed up in one word: audacious.
When at his last club, Fiorentina, Cesare Prandelli would always incorporate the team's traditional bright purple colour into his touchline outfit.
Be it a purple scarf, a purple sweater, a purple gilet or purple bomber jacket. Cesare was never afraid to be bold.
Sometimes he'd look great, sometimes he'd look like a bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk, sometimes he looked stylish, sometimes he'd look like an aging Barney The Dinosaur.
But fashion's all about experimenting, so fair play to you, Cesare.
6. Roy Keane
Long-term readers of my work will know I need no excuse to include Roy Keane in a list, but he has earned his place on this list.
His style is psychotic chic, the mad eyes, the sometimes unkempt beard and aggressive personality juxtaposed against a sharp suit really worked. Like a serial killer, with a cult following, entering a courthouse.
5. Jose Mourinho
Before Jose Mourinho arrived on the scene, the overcoat was more associated with flashers than stylish football managers.
Mourinho can often be seen sporting Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna and Hugo Boss.
The tieless suit and trademark overcoat makes The Special One look at home in the style of your schoolfriend's cool dad who was away a lot on business.
4. Pep Guardiola
The battle to find out who was the better manager out of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola may be far from settled, but the contest between them to find who is the best dresser is also still up for question.
For me, Guardiola just edges it with his tight fitting suits and his trademark skinny tie that was just as much a part of his tiki-taka football philosophy at Barcelona as Andres Iniesta was.
3. Roberto Mancini
We could talk about Roberto Mancini's suits.
We could talk about his coats.
We could even talk about his fantastic head of hair.
But what we all really want to talk about is that scarf. Mancini has got a trademark look, which is usually only reserved for superheros and The Simpsons characters.
That retro blue and white terrace scarf tucked into his coat took the English Premier League by storm when R-Mizzle replaced Mark Hughes as Manchester City manager. In fact the club ran out of the '50s style scarves because everyone on the blue half of Manchester wanted the Mancini look following his arrival.
Noisy neighbors? More like, nifty neighbors.
2. Joachim "Jogi" Löw
Jogi Löw is so confident in his own style, that he often makes his assistant manager, Hansi Flick, copy him.
Whether it's a turtleneck sweater that makes him look like a spy during the time that Beatlemania was at its peak, or a jumper tied round the neck that screams, "Yeah, I've played tennis with Madonna, what of it?" the German national team manager's football tactics make as much impact on the pitch as his fashion tactics make in the dugout.
Plus, when pronounced properly, "Jogi Löw" sounds like the name of an R&B doctor of soul.
1. Hervé Renard
When Zambia won the 2012 African Cup Of Nations, it wasn't much of a big deal as their manager, Hervé Renard, had already been crowned the best dressed man that ever lived by everyone who has eyes.
In his trademark plain white shirt, Renard resembles a lead singer in a boyband that were huge for teenage girls in the '90s, but is now marketed at the same teenage girls who have since become yummy mummies in the 2010s.
It is also a known fact that it is impossible for a human to watch the footage of Renard carrying the injured Joseph Musonda to celebrate with the rest of the Zambian team, after they won the ACON, without singing "Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.
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