Newcastle United-linked Gourvennec among the best in Ligue 1. Top 5 ranked

Laurent Blanc in the top five, and Newcastle United target Jocelyn Gourvennec in the top three, but who is the best coach in France this season?

Here is a rundown of the top five coaches in Ligue 1 this season, including the man interesting Newcastle United, according to Ouest France - Jocelyn Gourvennec of EA Guingamp

#5 Laurent Blanc: Paris Saint-Germain

It has been a mixed season for Blanc. However, a strong-armed approach helped PSG enjoy a much better second half of the season and they could wrap up the treble on Saturday in the Coupe de France final against Auxerre.

#4 Ghislain Printant: SC Bastia

Took over after the disastrous spell of former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele and helped turned around the season.

Bastia looked better defensively and a much more coherent unit. Printant saved a sinking ship and deserves plenty of credit for that.

#3 Jocelyn Gourvennec: EA Guingamp

To guide Guingamp to the knockout stages of the Europa League, while keeping their small squad out of the relegation zone, is nothing short of a miracle.

To then also squeeze 17 goals out of Claudio Beauvue puts Gourvennec high up the list of young French managers.

#2 Hubert Fournier: Olympique Lyonnais

After beginning with the worst ever start to a Lyon season, Fournier used the club's blossoming youth to challenge PSG for the title, while playing some of the best football in France.

#1 Leonardo Jardim: AS Monaco

Replacing Claudio Ranieri after Monaco finished second was no easy task. To then have to adapt to life without two star players gave Jardim an uphill task - one which he met head on.

Once he settled into Ligue 1, Jardim turned Monaco around, using an exciting blend of experience and youth, helping them to the Champions League quarter-finals and to third place.

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