How Wenger and Mourinho could be outshone by two retired coaches

Arsene Wenger Looks On

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho may be outshone in the race to win the Ballon d’Or coach of the Year Award.

Both bosses are two of the most high profile managers in the modern game, in charge of two huge English sides that have solid reputations in the context of European football.

However, both Wenger and Mourinho may be outshone by two bosses who are no longer active in football management.

Former Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes and former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson both have a much better chance of winning the award.

Heynckes guided Bayern Munich to a treble last season which included the Bundesliga title and the Champions League, while Sir Alex Ferguson wrestled the Premier League title back from Manchester City.

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Heynckes has to be the favourite to land the 2013 award because he’s the most successful recent coach and Ferguson is one of the only other nominees for the award who can put pressure on the German.

Wenger is an outsider because he hasn’t guided Arsenal to a piece of silverware since 2005.

However, the recent hampering of Arsenal’s financial capability has been removed, Wenger is spending money and Arsenal look like one of the strongest teams so far this season.

Arsenal are definitely in the race to win the 2013/2014 Premier League and they showed last season, they can mix it with the best in Europe as their win away at Bayern Munich showed.

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Wenger has also managed to get Arsenal into the Champions League 16 years running, with some calling his side's top four finish last season, his best ever achievement.

Mourinho has been a successful coach wherever he’s been in his managerial career, but he’s an outsider for the 2013 award because Barcelona wrestled back the power in La Liga just before Mourinho joined Chelsea for a second spell.

Mourinho’s experience and talent as a tactician means that Chelsea will be up there with Arsenal for most of the season, with as good a chance as any other club of winning the title.

Chelsea have also recovered after a poor start to their Champions League campaign and Mourinho’s experience of winning that tournament will be crucial.

This year it’s all about Heynckes and Ferguson but next year, Wenger and Mourinho could be the two outright favourites for the 2014 award.

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