The world of management can at times be a long and grueling process. On the other hand it can all be over in the blink of an eye. With so much to prepare, a coaching role can be as unpredictable as a team's season. This is largely in part down to a number of different reasons. In the first instance, there is of course players' temperaments which many have to handle on daily basis.
In addition to this, a manager has to take into account the fact that they will have to face an unpredictable chairman who only has a thirst for success. Whether this is Roman Abrahamovich or a lower league side, a manager has to face everything that is literally thrown at him. Furthermore, a coach can rise up the ranks quickly and bring success to a particular club. This could turn him into a folk here which is precisely what has occurred at Bournemouth.
Just six years ago, manager Eddie Howe was fighting not only for his job but for the clubs existence. The Cherries were on the brink of going out of the Football League as we know it. Fast forward to May 2015 and thanks to a 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers, Bournemouth have reached the promised land of the Premier League. On top of this, Bournemouth have achieved this footballing milestone for the first time in their history. They followed this up with an away win at Charlton Athletic to clinch the Championship League title.
Eddie Howe and his coaching staff have masterminded without question one of the greatest soccer triumphs of all time. Come August, Bournemouth will welcome the likes of Manchester United not to mention champions Chelsea to the Goldsands stadium next season. So who have been some of the best under rated managers down the years?
10 Steve Bruce
Former Manchester United and Norwich City centre half Steve Bruce has been one of the best when it comes to being underrated. He has already had a string of jobs at steady eddie clubs featuring Sheffield United as well as Birmingham and Wigan Athletic. His current tenure at Hull City saw Bruce guide the Tigers to the FA Cup Final for the first time in their history. He has been quiet in his demeanour as he has gone about his job in spite of a less than successful period in charge at Sunderland.
9 Howard Kendall
This manager hardly slips off the tongue but Howard Kendall achieved great things whilst he was in charge of Everton. In fact, the Toffees had their most successful spell under Kendall where he was able to mould the likes of steely midfielders Peter Reid and Trevor Stevens. Meanwhile, he had the ability to develop Andy Gray and a very young Gary Linekar who was to become one of England's leading scorers. Kendall lifted the a host of trophies at Everton which featured the Cup Winner Cup, FA Cup and winning the League title on two separate occasions.
8 Sam Allardyce
Despite a turbulent time which he spent on Tyneside at Newcastle United, Sam Allardyce is right up there. Everywhere he has been, the former Bolton Wanderers man has brought in his forward thinking conditioning techniques and traditional style to great effect. Not many people remember when he took the Trotters into European football and a top eight finish. Furthermore, he coached Blackburn Rovers and more recently West Ham United where until Christmas they were in a top four position. His style and tactics may have been criticized in some areas, but there cannot be any denying his impressive coaching record.
7 Mark Hughes
With a glittering career which took in Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester United, Mark Hughes has a bulging trophy cabinet. As far as his managerial record is concerned, there is no doubt the impact he has made at most clubs. He took Blackburn Rovers to the FA Cup semi-final twice and even into Europe which cannot be underestimated. The fiasco at Queen Parks Rangers was clearly a one off as he has settled in nicely to managing Stoke City. At present, the Potters are on course to achieve their highest points tally in the Premier League under Hughes. Noticeable results that Hughes has gained just in this season includes the 3-2 victory over Arsenal at the Britannia.
6 Michael Laudrup
Another player who has turned to management is Michael Laudrup. The ex-Danish international is highly respected in all footballing quarters for his appearances at Barcelona and up in Scotland for Glasgow Rangers. His prestigious career has not stopped the forward from turning his hand to the managerial hot seat. To his credit, Laudrup has been pretty successful especially when one examined the impact he made at Swansea City. The team from the Welsh Valleys were almost extinct just a decade ago but Laudrup managed to steer them to a top 10 finish in the Premier League. On top of this, he also achieved winning the Carling Cup in style when Laudrup's Swansea beat Bradford by five goals to nil at Wembley Stadium. This was the Swans first ever major trophy in over a century.
5 Ronald Koeman
Considered to be one of the most up and coming coaches in the last few years, Ronald Koeman has done an outstanding job at Southampton. The former Barcelona defender is most famous for scoring the winner in the 1-0 European Cup Final win over Sampdoria. This particular side also featured a young Pep Guardiola. In his first season in charge at St. Mary's, the Dutchman had to pick up the pieces in the summer as many favourites departed. From Dejan Lovren to Ricky Lambert, Southampton's main team was ripped to shreds. Many feared for Koeman but he has steered Southampton to a possible Europa League position, whilst they were sitting in the top until around February this year.
4 Joe Fagan
Rolling back the footballing years and Liverpool legend Joe Fagan ranks highly on this list. Highly regarded in his own right for what he did whilst on Merseyside, Fagan was a wonderful coach and was an integral part of the boot room culture. This has been legendary among Liverpool supporters for producing a string of managers but it was his modern approach to the game that Fagan was adored for. He paid particular attention to fitness and placed plenty of emphasis on recovery. Fagan was in charge at Anfield for only two years but his legacy remains. He was responsible for bringing through and nurturing Roger Hunt and was at Liverpool for nearly three decades. During this time, he achieved phenomenal success including making Liverpool the first British team in history to lift three trophies in just one season.
3 Alan Pardew
How times have changed for Newcastle United. With several protests as a reaction to the Mike Ashley regime and the team in abysmal form, there was a time when they were cruising. Now that John Carver is currently in charge, Newcastle have been on an appalling run of form which has seen eight successive defeats. Previously, Alan Pardew was doing a decent job in spite of his limited transfer funds. The Toon Army were proving hard to beat and Newcastle even finished in fifth place under Pardew in his debut season. Yet, as Newcastle continue on a downward spiral towards possible relegation, they may have dismissed Pardew too early.
2 Mark Warburton
With the possibility of not one but two successive promotions in the offing, Brentford manager Mark Warburton has done a remarkable job. Based in the heart of South London, Brentford have been in the footballing wilderness for some time. However, Warburton has certainly turned the tide after he guided Brentford to a promotion play off spot this season. They may even go up to the Premier League which would be incomprehensible for some Bees supporters. They managed to earn their place after Brentford defeated Wigan Athletic by three goals to nil on the final day of the season. But there is a sting in this soccer tale as Warburton has been relieved of his duties at the end of the season whatever happens to Brentford.
1 Diego Simeone
Since he arrived in La Liga, Diego Simeone has achieved wondrous success in charge at the at the Vicente Calderon. The former Argentinean international has driven Atletico to a Europa League title and the highly sought after La Liga title just last year. In fact Atletico were very much on for the double in 2014 when they also reached the UEFA Champions League Final. They came up against Real Madrid and were winning with just moments remaining. Much to Simeone's despair, up popped Sergio Ramos with a towering header and the rest as they say is history. With limited funds and a real hunger for the game, Simeone is incredibly underrated and will definitely go on to bigger and brighter things.
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