FourFourTwo’s 50 Best Football Managers in the World 2017: No.6, Leonardo Jardim

Has there been a more low-profile manager of a high-achieving team in recent memory than Leonardo Jardim at Monaco? The Portuguese maestro has masterminded the transformation of the Riviera-based outfit into Europe’s most exciting side over the past 12 months – and all the while has managed to stay in the shadows.

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James Eastham

James Eastham is a specialist writer covering French football. He has written for The Guardian, The Independent and When Saturday Comes magazine. He’s interviewed many leading figures in the French game, including Didier Deschamps and Kylian Mbappe. For a decade he also worked as a freelance football scout, covering games at all levels from U16 to the senior national team across France