Ferguson and Klopp have no chance - Heynckes is the coach of 2013

Jupp Heynckes

Former Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is the only man for this year's coach of the year award after his treble-winning extravaganza.

It takes a lot to bounce back from disappointment. And it does not get much more disappointing than losing the Champions League final on penalties.

Yet that is exactly what Jupp Heynckes achieved in 2013 with European and German champions Bayern Munich.

His reward - aside from a wealth of riches and silverware - is a place on a three-man shortlist for this year's coach of the year award.

That shortlist may as well be one name long, however, as Heynckes' achievements should be enough to give him a landslide victory - no matter how good his rivals for the title are.

As it happens, Sir Alex Ferguson and Jurgen Klopp are the opposition - and they are no pushovers. But the now retired Heynckes should still be considered a landslide favourite. Here is why:

Sir Alex Ferguson

The case for Ferguson is simple. Look at Manchester United last season and look at them now. It is, by and large, the same team - yet what a reversal in fortunes we have seen under rookie David Moyes.

In his last year before retirement, Ferguson coasted to his 13th Premier League title by a margin of 11 points. Now, the same squad - one devoid of midfield creativity and defensive solidity - is ninth in the table.

Ferguson's last hurrah in Europe was almost one to remember, as well. United were playing to perfection tactically and may just have knocked out eventual semi-finalists Real Madrid had Nani not been controversially sent off.

All in all, 71-year-old Ferguson enjoyed yet another superb season, with his final campaign as a manager providing the perfect send off to the most successful coach in British history.

Jurgen Klopp

Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp was also in fine form in 2013. When the 46-year-old was not charming the press with his charismatic nature, he was blending together a young group of players and turning them into one of Europe's finest sides.

The transition was momentary, as Dortmund went from a side knocked out in the group stages of the Champions League to the second-best side in Europe. Particularly memorable was the 4-1 win against Jose Mourinho's Madrid, as Robert Lewandowski ran riot, while they were only a goal away from glory in the final.

In the Bundesliga, although they were comprehensively surpassed by Munich, Klopp's side finished second, while they were only narrowly beaten by Munich in the quarter-final of the German cup.

Jupp Heynckes

Nevertheless, as the bookmakers will attest, there is only one winner as far as coach of the year is concerned.

Bouncing back from the heartbreak of losing the Champions League final in their own stadium, Heynckes' Bayern Munich stormed to a historic treble-winning season, as they claimed the Bundesliga title by a remarkable 25 points and added the German cup and Champions League trophies to their illustrious cabinet.

On the way to winning the European title at Wembley (Heynckes' second of his career), the 68-year-old knocked the previously irresistible Barcelona off their perch, absolutely destroying them 7-0 over two legs.

As far as seasons go, there are none that stand out more in recent memory - and that is why, for all of Ferguson or Klopp's achievements last term, there can only be one coach of 2013: Jupp Heynckes.

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