The International Federation of Football History and Statistics has published a study naming the best club coach of the year for 2014.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti won the award, having led Los Blancos to a record breaking 10th European Cup. They went on to win the FIFA Club World Cup later in the year, officially holding the title as best club side in the world.
Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola finished second and third respectively, with Simeone winning La Liga with Atletico Madrid, and taking them within seconds of winning the European Cup, and Guardiola completed a domestic double in his debut season in Germany with Bayern Munich.
Jose Mourinho was the highest placed Premier League coach, sitting in fourth despite enduring a trophyless season with Chelsea. The Blues reached the semi-finals of the European Cup, and finished third in the Premier League, but he enjoyed a remarkable second half of 2014, sitting atop the league table on New Years Day.
Despite winning the league with Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini was only named as sixth best coach of the year, whilst a surprise inclusion was Southampton boss Ronald Koeman. Having led Feyenoord to a second-placed finish in last season’s Eredivisie championship, the Dutchman left his homeland to take charge at St Mary’s Stadium. Despite arriving at a club decimated by a departing manager and a host of outgoing transfers, Koeman has excelled, and the Saints are looking to fight for Champions League qualification.
If Koeman can ensure Southampton of a top four Premier League finish come the close of the campaign, he may just be higher in the rankings come the 2015 version of the IFFHS awards.