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Diego Simeone named Coach of the Decade ahead of Zidane, Guardiola and Mourinho

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has seen off competition from the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho to be declared Coach of the Decade.

The fiery Argentine has this week had the honour bestowed on him by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), after the numbers had been crunched on his last ten years in the Spanish capital.

Simeone has come out on top against the likes of Guardiola, Mourinho and his main rival Zinedine Zidane, despite having just one league title to show for his time at Atletico so far.

Diego Simeone has emerged on top of his peers to be crowned Manager of the Decade

Diego Simeone has emerged on top of his peers to be crowned Manager of the Decade

The 50-year-old has transformed the club into a European powerhouse during his tenure, after transitioning from player to manager and bringing silverware to the previously regarded lesser team in Madrid.

In a statement the IFFHS noted: ‘Simeone realised a great performance with his club Atletico Madrid in this decade: 1 LaLiga title, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Super Copa Espana, 2 UEFA Europa League titles, 2 UEFA Super Cup titles and 2 times Runner-Up in UEFA Champions League Finals.

Zinedine Zidane could only make seventh place

Pep Guardiola is second despite his many title

Zinedine Zidane (left) could only make seventh place while Pep Guardiola (right) sat second

THE COACH OF THE DECADE AS DETERMINED BY THE IFFHS
Name Country Points
Diego SIMEONE Argentina 152
Josep GUARDIOLA Spain 144
Jürgen KLOPP Germany 105
Jose MOURINHO Portugal 91
Maximiliano ALLEGRI Italy 77
Unaï EMERY Spain 70
Zinedine ZIDANE France 59
Carlo ANCELOTTI Italy 57
Mauriccio POCHETTINO Argentina 56
Marcelo GALLARDO Argentina 56
Antonio CONTE Italy 53
Claudio RANIERI Italy 36
Alex FERGUSON Scotland 35
Luis ENRIQUE Spain 35
Josef HEYNCKES Germany 34
Ernesto VALVERDE Spain 26
Arsene WENGER France 25
Leonardo JARDIM Portugal 25
Jesse MARSH USA 22
Laurent BLANC France 21

‘His regularity and his power made the difference to win the Award of the Decade 2011-2020.’

During the last decade Simeone has won fewer European titles than Zinedine and not as many league honour as Guardiola, but has accrued enough points in the ranking system due to his consistency at the Atletico helm.

The overall results placed Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp second and third respectively, while Real Madrid’s Champions League maestro Zidane could only feature in seventh place; one spot behind Unai Emery.

The overall result was determined by every manager’s ranking each year between 2011 and 2020, with points assigned based on their yearly finishes. 

As things currently stand Simeone could finally be set to add to his La Liga title of 2012-14, with Atletico sitting proudly atop LaLiga.

Jurgen Klopp was praised but only came in third

Jose Mourinho likewise had to settle for fourth

Jurgen Klopp has revitalised Liverpool and Jose Mourinho has stacked silverware but both managers were unable to take the top spot based on the points average

Atletico currently have a four-point lead at the top, with 41 points from 16 games played and have only lost once so far this campaign.

Real Madrid sit in second on 37 points, though have two games more than their rivals.

Barcelona, likewise, have also played 18 games and have amassed 34 points, meaning Atletico could soon take a commanding lead should they win their two games in hand.

Simeone’s men beat Sevilla 2-0 on Wednesday night, and return to action on Thursday January 21st against Eibar. 

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