Forgive Mircea Lucescu for viewing football in a different light to most managers. After all, the 70-year-old – the oldest man in FFT's rundown of the 50 best bosses – has seen a few things in his time; wars, political in-fighting... and developed the odd player too (see Diego Simeone, Andrea Pirlo, Alex Teixiera, Willian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan to name but a few).
He's twice as old as our youngest boss (and then some), the 33-year-old Mark Sampson. The average age is almost 51, and somewhere in between you'll find your favourites.
Take a look at the chart below and then check out our list of the eight managers under 40 you'll be needing to keep eyes on in the coming years.
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