Andre Villas-Boas, 35
Kicking off our look through the next-generation of great coaches, Tottenham Hotspur's Andre Villas-Boas is youngest manager to be included on the list. At 35 years old, he is two months younger than former Spurs player Louis Saha, who recently announced his retirement.
Villas-Boas has already distinguished himself as a diligent tactician who is willing to adapt. He has taken control of three of the world's biggest clubs in Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, experiencing success everywhere other than Stamford Bridge.
AVB's career highlight came during the 2010-11 season in which he captured a Portuguese treble with league, cup and Super Cup wins. Most impressively, a Radamel Falcao goal saw Porto overcome Braga in the Europa League final, capturing a clean swoop for the young coach.
The gruff-voiced manager has a tendency to let games unravel before making big decisions. He sits back, observes patterns of play and reacts accordingly, as shown in Spurs' late 3-1 win over Manchester City last season.
Viktor Goncharenko, 36
BATE Borisov's Viktor Goncharenko is the youngest manager to ever lead a team out in the Champions League, a record that is unlikely to be beaten. In September 2008, his Belarusian team faced Real Madrid, with Goncharenko entering the dugout at just 31 years old.
Since taking over the club in 2007, the man born inside the Soviet Union has notched up five domestic league titles, one cup and two Super Cups. He continues to gain experience in European competition and is, perhaps, the most unknown individual on this list. If BATE continue to improve, you can bet that will soon change.
Sami Hyypia, 39
Originally installed as Bayer Leverkusen coach alongside Sascha Lewandowski, Sami Hyypia is preparing for his first season as the German club's sole leader. The former Leverkusen defender—who spent much of his career in the Premier League with Liverpool—is the perfect type of individual to manage the improving Bundesliga side.
The 39-year-old has already shown he is extremely keen to learn and better himself as a coach. Lewandowski was certainly more qualified when the original deal came together, but it's the hungry Fin who shall take the reins. His experience as a player, such as winning the UEFA Cup and Champions League, will quickly ensure Leverkusen are instilled with a winning mentality.
Last season's third-place Bundesliga position, one point behind Borussia Dortmund, ensures an exciting task for Hyypia. Can he continue to put pressure on the top two, or will Leverkusen fall?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 40
Although he still looks 12 years old, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has entered management in a mature, modest and successful way.
After gaining experience working with Manchester United's strikers after his retirement, he took over the Old Trafford club's reserve side in 2008, winning the Lancashire Senior Cup in the process. The "Baby-faced Assassin" headed back to Norway in 2010 and opted to return to former club Molde.
Away from the limelight of Europe's top leagues, Solskjaer has made a name for himself by winning two Tippeligaen titles in the space of three years. He rejected an approach from Aston Villa after Alex McLeish's sacking and is keen to continue learning at his own pace.
This mentality underlines an individual whose meticulous nature made him such a hit during his playing days and suggests the 40-year-old won't leap to the big time until he is completely ready.
Roberto Martinez, 40
Although Roberto Martinez is the only manager in history to experience an FA Cup win and Premier League relegation in the same week, his hard work at Wigan Athletic was recently rewarded with the managerial position at Everton.
The sincere Spaniard imprints an attacking style in all of his teams. Martinez often favours three defenders with a five-man midfield making up the leg work across the middle. He utilises energetic wingers who must be able to continuously bomb up the line and tries to install a short passing style in each of his lineups.
Unfortunately for the former Wigan boss, his ambition wasn't matched with significant funds at the DW Stadium. Now Martinez has a decent budget, improved squad of players and greater expectation at Goodison, it will be hugely interesting to see how his way of doing things translates to one of England's top clubs.
Brendan Rodgers, 40
Brendan Rodgers has taken on one of the toughest jobs in football at Liverpool. Rewarded for an excellent debut Premier League season with Swansea City, the Northern Irishman continues to face difficult exchanges over Luis Suarez's desire to leave Anfield.
Even so, his work on the pitch deserves recognition. Rodgers has successfully moved his free-flowing Swansea style over to the Reds, helping the Merseyside club to play fast-paced, direct and exciting football. He is an extremely stern manager who doesn't take kindly to having his authority questioned, an important trait at this stage in his career.