Here we look at four underrated managers who could make it big in the near future.
4. Marco Silva
Watford, they aren’t aware of the miracles he’s performed before arriving at Vicarage Road. As soon as he finished a rather ordinary career as a player, he took up the role of a manager at Estoril; when they finished 10th in the second division of the Portuguese league that particular season.
In just one year, he helped the team make their way back to the top flight after seven long years. On returning, Silva guided his ‘fearless’ team that managed to come away with 8 points in four games against heavyweights Sporting and Benfica to an astonishing 5th place and subsequently, the Europa League.
Before departing for Sporting, he bettered his previous season with a fourth-place finish which involved inflicting a defeat to Porto at their home, their first in six years.
At Sporting he won the Taca de Portugal, the club’s first piece of silverware since 2008. After being sacked for not wearing the club suit at a cup fixture; he departed for Olympiacos where he helped the club win its 43rd title with six games to spare.
3. Giovanni van Bronckhorst
The former Arsenal, Rangers and Barcelona man took up the post of an assistant manager at Feyenoord in 2011; before taking up the manager’s job at the end of the 2014-15 season. That particular season Feyenoord finished third in the league and Giovanni’s men lifted the KNVB Cup. A year later, the former Oranje captain led Feyenoord to their first league title win since 1999.
At the age of 42, van Bronckhorst’s managerial career is off to a bright start. While not many football fans have cared to rate his progress as a manager; Arsene Wenger seems to be taking note. Wenger, whose contract at the Emirates runs out at the end of the 2018-19 season; has been so impressed that he has tipped his former pupil to take the reins.