What do you say about the man that hasn’t already been said? He is student of the game; a student that achieves straight A’s every year! It was an emphatic title-winning campaign for Jose Mourinho and his side from Stamford Bridge. The balance between steel and flair was evident to see as Chelsea remained top of the league for most of the season. His side were criticized for the way they won the title -- at times not pleasing on the eye -- but no-one can deny they were by far the best side in the league. This side could rule England for a long time if Mourinho can continue to get it right.
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Lucien Favre, Gladbach (Bundesliga)
In his fourth full season at Gladbach, Favre guided the club to another season of overachievement. With a reported wage bill of only £28million ($43.6million), Gladbach managed a third-place finish in the Bundesliga and qualification for next season’s Champions League. It will be the first time the club have entered the European competition in its current format. The Foals have steadily improved year-on-year under the Swiss’ tutelage -- saving them from relegation in 2011, before eighth and sixth-place finishes in 2013 and 2014. Favre’s quick counter attacking style has apparently attracted the attention of Bayern Munich, who are reportedly considering him as a potential successor to Pep Guardiola.
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Ronald Koeman, Southampton (Premier League)
When Mauricio Pochettino left last summer, player after player followed him out of the door at Southampton. The next manager was in for a serious rebuilding job after losing the likes of Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert! In stepped Ronald Koeman. Not only did Koeman keep wantaway midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, he also brought in an array of talent from across Europe. The Dutchman had to find a way to gel an almost entire new team into a cohesive unit as fast as possible and he succeeded. At Christmas, pundits were discussing the unlikely possibility of the Saints qualifying for the Champions League. It never materialized, but a lofty seventh-place finish and a Europa League spot was a very impressive first season for Koeman.
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Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus (Serie A)
The Old Lady enjoyed three years of domestic success under Antonio Conte before his high-profile resignation last summer. In came his successor Max Allegri to a barrage of abuse from fans. Not only was Allegri a former rival at Milan but also not seen as good enough for the role. How wrong they were. In his first season at the club, he led Juve to their fourth Serie A in a row, a Coppa Italia title and to the club’s first Champions League final since 2003. The European success was possibly the most impressive aspect of his first season, with his predecessor Conte only managing a quarterfinal appearance once in his three-year tenure.
Luis Enrique, Barcelona (La Liga)
2014-15 couldn’t have gone any better for Luis Enrique and Barcelona. Following mixed managerial spells with Roma and Celta Vigo, Enrique took the reins at the club where he played 300 times over eight years. The former Barcelona B boss claimed a famous treble in his first season by beating Real Madrid to the La Liga title, downing Atletico in the Copa del Rey final and overcoming Juve to lift the Champions League for the fifth time in their history. The Spaniard had the best 50-game start of any manager in Barca history and could become one of the best coaches the Camp Nou has ever seen.