The 10 best managers in the Football League

1. Rafael Benitez (Newcastle United)

Not since Brian Clough has the second tier witnessed a manager of this calibre. To some, installing the Spaniard as our No.1 before his first match at this level might be a tad presumptuous, but his track record in the 2000s with Valencia and Liverpool puts him head and shoulders above the likes of Kevin Keegan, Harry Redknapp and Steve Coppell – names that would dominate any Championship managerial hall of fame.

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