FourFourTwo’s 50 Best Football Managers in the World 2016: 35-31
35. Sergei Rebrov (Dynamo Kiev)
If it wasn't for Yaya Toure's left foot then who knows? The Ivorian's curling injury-time shot went a long way towards securing Manchester City's passage to the Champions League quarter-finals and knocking out Rebrov's battling Dynamo Kiev. A spirited performance in the return leg at the Etihad Stadium last March was scant reward for a European Cup campaign of quiet promise for the Ukrainian outfit, with just a solitary loss in the group stage.
At least next season they'll get the chance to show their progression under Rebrov further. The former Tottenham and West Ham forward has seen his side collect a second successive Ukrainian title following their unbeaten run to the title in 2015.
I sometimes drive home from the base at midnight, and Sergei is still there saying he wants to see some future rivals’ games. He also has a family, he's a young guy, but has devoted himself entirely to Dynamo
The unstable political situation in the Donbass region and unsettling of closest challengers Shakhtar continues to help the capital team's chances, of course, but 23 wins from 26 games last term continues the rich domestic form shown by Rebrov's side. The trophies are mounting up for the Ukrainian Premier League's all-time top scorer, who is proving equally adept in the dugout.
Rebrov has revealed previously that he has learned much from Russian coaching counterpart Kurban Berdyev with whom Rebrov won the 2008 Russian Premier League – featured here in this list – as well as Jurgen Klopp and Manuel Pellegrini. Rebrov reportedly visited the Chilean in late 2015 to watch a Manchester City coaching session, but was unable to due to City’s busy schedule at the time. Presumably he missed those sessions Toure spent working on how to cut in from the right… GM