Manchester City's Pep Guardiola has been named the best manager in the world, after seeing off competition from Chelsea's Antonio Conte and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone.
That is according to L'Equipe, whose ranking of Europe's current hottest bosses is sure to ignite fierce debates across the globe about where each football gaffer has been positioned by the French newspaper.
Guardiola, who has failed mount a title challenge in his first season in England's top flight, has perhaps unsurprisingly landed top spot ahead of his cohorts thanks to his reputation for attacking, possession-based football, as well as his achievements with both Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Conte, who is on the cusp of leading Chelsea to the Premier League title, was narrowly pipped to first place by the Spaniard despite an impressive maiden term in England, while Simeone, who has also struggled to contest for the league crown in Spain's La Liga this term, edges into the bronze medal position.
Current Bayern incumbent Carlo Ancelotti and Manchester United's Jose Mourinho round out the top five in fourth and fifth place respectively, but there is no place in the top 10 for either manager of the North London clubs Tottenham and Arsenal - Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger being named as the 12th and 20th best manager in world football respectively in L'Equipe's list.
Pochettino can consider himself unfortunate not to be named higher in the overall standings. The Argentine has led Spurs on two league title challenges in successive seasons, as well as reaching the 2017 FA Cup semi-final stage, and it is likely that his side's failure to sustain their Champions League campaign earlier in the season has prevented him from featuring in the top 10.
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Wenger, meanwhile, could lead the Gunners to first league finish outside of the top four for the first time in his 20-year reign as the Emirates-based side have struggled for form both domestically and continentally this term.
The rankings, which were decided by a team of 33 editorial staff members, also sees
Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Joachim Low (Germany), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid), Leonardo Jardim (Monaco) and Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) make up the rest of the top 10.
|Ranking||Manager||Football Club/National Side|
|1||Pep Guardiola||Manchester City|
|3||Diego Simeone||Atletico Madrid|
|4||Carlo Ancelotti||Bayern Munich|
|5||Jose Mourinho||Manchester United|
|8||Zinedine Zidane||Real Madrid|
|12||Mauricio Pochettino||Tottenham Hotspur|
|15||Unai Emery||Paris Saint-Germain|
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