World Football: 10 Standout Managers of 2011

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World Football: 10 Standout Managers of 2011
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A year ago, Ian Holloway would have been a serious contender for this list. By the end of the 2010-11 season, Blackpool were most people's favourites to stay in the Premier League. They didn't, but the way they played football won plenty of non-partisan supporters.

Our selections here will undoubtedly provoke debate but, as we scour world football for standout performances, it is some of the unsung heroes who catch our eye as much as the obvious contenders.

One at least will be featured on our list...and almost certainly yours as well...Pep Guardiola. For the time being let's look at the other contenders from across Planet Football.

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