FourFourTwo's 50 Best Football Managers in the World 2017

Hello everybody, as David Pleat would say. Welcome to the 2017 edition of FFT's 50 Best Football Managers in the World.

We did this before in 2015 and in 2016 - and tell you what: it gets no easier with time. Some top gaffers didn't make the cut (including the great Pleaty - although the fact that he hasn't managed since 2004 made that a fairly easy omission) – comparing managers across leagues, continents and within the club and international game is a challenge.

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Alex Reid

Alex Reid is a freelance journalist and the former digital features editor at FourFourTwo. He has also written for the Guardian, talkSPORT, Boxing News and Sport magazine. Like most Londoners, he is a lifelong supporter of Aberdeen FC. He is deceptively bad in the air for a big man. He has never been a cage fighter.