Though there are more and more exceptions in the modern day game, many great club sides have been able to achieve a high level of success due to long-term projects orchestrated by the man in the dugout. As we have witnessed multiple times in football, a coach can turn around the fortunes of a club, single-handedly in some cases.
Sir Alex Ferguson did it with Manchester United, and Johan Cruyff did it with Barcelona. While the beginning of a managerial reign sometimes isn’t all that rosy, success often comes in the long term, and we can still see examples of this in the current era.
Here, we present to you, 5 chiefs who have been part and parcel of their sides for a long while now (bearing in mind 2 + seasons is a long stint these days).
So good is El Cholo that Argentina want him to manage their national team on a part-time basis despite still being in charge of Atletico Madrid.
The 46-year-old was appointed to take charge of Rojiblancos in December 2011, and he caught everyone’s attention 7 months later by leading his side to a 4 – 1 thrashing of Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup. In his 4 full seasons at the Vicente Calderon, the charismatic Simeone has turned the La Liga duopoly into a 3-horse race that now consistently features his club.
The stats speak in favour. The Argentine has recorded 164 wins, 52 draws and 44 losses in 260 games, giving him a win ratio of 63.08%.
La Liga: 2013–14
Copa del Rey: 2012–13
Supercopa de España: 2014
UEFA Europa League: 2011–12
UEFA Super Cup: 2012
Influence on The Game:
If there is a man that has mastered how to make a team defend as if their lives depends on it, it’s Diego Simeone.
The Argentine is Guardiola’s and Barcelona’s nightmare. The Atletico boss has shown on countless occasions that defending is the new winning as far as football is concerned, and many are emulating his style. The best thing is, Simeone has managed to keep his side relatively interesting to watch despite this brand of football, having brought in some quality players blessed with pace and skill on the counter attack.
Influence on Club:
With 2 Champions League finals in 3 seasons, the fan favourite has turned Atletico to a fearsome entity, and the players play for their master. He’s undoubtedly the greatest coach in the history of the club, and the mutual love between the two knows no bounds.
– Champions League runners-up. 2014 and 2016
– Top 3 finish for 4 consecutive seasons