WORDS BY JON CLARKE
Last month we looked at the 5 most stylish footballers on the planet, so we felt it was only right to give the managers some attention. Let’s take a look at our top 5, you may be surprised at who’s number one. Clue: it isn’t Pep Guardiola …
5. Andre Villas-Boas
After spending a couple of years in the Premier League (at Chelsea and Tottenham), Andre Villas-Boas is currently plying his trade in China with Shanghai SIPG. At 39, he’s still a very young manager with a lot of potential - but his time in the Premier League is probably better remembered for the suave style he brought to the dugout. With a mediocre win percentage of around 50% at both London clubs, his success failed to live up to the heights of his sophistication.
What we like: his trademark touchline macs
Andre’s likely choice of GS shoes: Sabden Black Derby
4. Roberto Mancini
No list about fashion would be complete without an Italian would it? We were torn with who to go with for this. Notable mentions on the shortlist included Vincenzo Montella and Antonio Conte. In the end, it’s the former Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, that claims fourth place on our most stylish managers list. The fact that the 52 year-old Zenit St.Petersburg manager always shows up to games and conferences suited and booted makes him as classically timeless as The Godfather movies.
What we like: His ability to wear suits to match his club scarf colours
Roberto’s likely choice of GS shoes: Manhattan Petrol Blue
3. Zinedine Zidane
Now here’s a manager that uses his head. Arguably one of the most graceful and talented midfielders the game has ever seen, Zidane has also become quite the coach. Having already won La Liga and the Champions League (twice no less) as a manager, Zizou is like that friend who is annoyingly good at everything they do. This evidently extends into fashion, as the French maestro clearly knows a thing or two about sartorial elegance. There is something quite satisfying about the smoothness of his iconic bald head, paired with the crispness of his overcoats.
What we like: his heavyweight cashmere overcoats
Zinedine’s likely choice of GS shoes: Gisburn Tan
2. Pep Guardiola
Here he is. The man you probably expected to be number one on this list. Pep is as lauded for his fashion sense as he is for his managerial philosophy, as he continues to show the world how to rock a jumper with a suit. After spending 5 glorious years with ‘that’ Barcelona team, Pep moved to Bayern Munich for 3 years, before taking the Manchester City job in 2016. Not only has he brought his magnificent brand of passing football to the Premier League, but he’s brought that effortless Spanish style too. He misses out on top spot though, after committing this fashion faux pas back in October.
What we like: how he makes V-neck jumpers look effortlessly cool
Pep’s likely choice of GS shoes: Embassy Petrol Blue
1. Paul Tisdale
If you don’t know who he is, we’ll forgive you. If you’re wondering why he tops our list, google him. Beating off competition from the top dogs at Real Madrid and Manchester City, it's the humble Exeter City (they’re in League Two folks) manager that takes the prize. He’s only 44 years old, but he’s already been Exeter City’s manager for 11 years and, well, girls crave that kind of loyalty fellas. But it’s not the loyalty that’s made Mr. Tisdale the most stylish manager in football, it’s his ability to take risks with his outfits and wear all kinds of wonderful combinations. From gillets to flat caps, trilbies to waistcoats - Paul Tisdale we salute you.
What we like: his bold choices and ability to make risky combinations work
Paul’s likely choice of GS shoes: Harwood Tan