Those Who Missed Out…

Words By Blair Newman Illustration by Philippe Fenner
August 25, 2018
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The Mister Awards for 2018 are underway. To find out more about the series – what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and how we’re doing it – read the introductory post here.

We begin this year’s awards by congratulating and commiserating those who just missed the cut for the top 20, those who were no way near the top 20, and those who didn’t last long enough to be considered for the rankings.

The Good

The following 10 managers and head coaches enjoyed positive seasons, but they just missed out on The Misters Awards’ top 20. They are, essentially, the ‘best of the rest’.

21. Mauricio Pochettino

Another strong season but there was an underwhelming end to a promising Champions League campaign as expectations began to catch up with Tottenham’s performance.

22. Julian Nagelsmann

Completed his rapid transformation from hot prospect to top coach, once again helping Hoffenheim to punch above their weight and achieve Champions League qualification.

23. David Wagner

Led Huddersfield to Premier League survival against the odds following their surprise promotion to the English top flight in 2016/17.

24. Chris Hughton

His Brighton side never truly looked under threat, earning survival comfortably thanks to an astute transfer policy and a clear tactical approach.

25. Arsene Wenger

Got Arsenal to a sixth-place league finish that made sense considering the financial power and quality of their competition, while a run to the Europa League semi-finals brought some excitement.

26. Luciano Spalletti

Thanks to him Inter Milan not only significantly improved their Serie A position, but qualified for the Champions League for the first time in six years.

27. Jose Luis Mendilibar

Once again his Eibar finished much higher than expected, sealing a second consecutive top-half La Liga finish.

28. Maurizio Sarri

His Napoli achieved a record-breaking points total and one of the best win percentages in Europe’s top four leagues, but a failure to maintain the title challenge or go deep in cup competitions counted against him.

29. Manuel Baum

Steered Augsburg well clear of safety in his first full season in charge, securing a slight improvement in Bundesliga position in the process.

30. Antonio Conte

Was unable to build on his title win in 2016/17, but led his Chelsea side to an FA Cup victory and a place in the Champions League knockout stages.

The Bad

The following five managers and head coaches picked up the lowest points totals in The Misters Awards this year.

50. Diego Lopez

Under his watch Cagliari slid down the league table, ultimately finishing just four points away from Serie A’s relegation zone. He has since left the club by mutual consent.

51. Eusebio Sacristan

After two excellent years, he was unable to keep Real Sociedad in the top half of La Liga in 2017/18. He was dismissed in March and will coach Girona next season.

52. Christian Streich

His Freiburg couldn’t build on an extremely impressive 2016/17 campaign, finishing just five points clear of relegation from the Bundesliga.

53. Mauricio Pellegrino

Took Southampton into a relegation dogfight and their first bottom-half Premier League finish for five years. For this he was sacked in March.

54. Jose Angel Ziganda

Led Athletic Bilbao to a league position of 16th, their worst finish in over a decade. He left the club at the end of the season.

The Unlucky

The following five managers were not considered for The Misters Awards this year due to the simple fact they were not in charge for at least 75 per cent of their team’s league games. Despite this, they are worthy of recognition either for the good work they did in a short space of time, or because they were unfairly dismissed from their post.

Tayfun Korkut

Took charge at Stuttgart with the club lingering close to the relegation play-off spot and guided them to the edge of European qualification with nine wins, four draws and just one defeat.

Eduardo Berizzo

Sacked by Sevilla just one month after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, he won more often than his successor despite being in charge for four fewer games.

Abelardo

At the time of his appointment, Alaves were bottom of La Liga. He quickly took them out of the relegation zone and on to a 14th place finish. Based on his results over 25 games in charge, he would have guided them to fifth place had he been handed the job at the start of the season.

Davide Ballardini

When he arrived, Genoa were in the relegation zone. They had won just one of their opening 12 Serie A games. By the end of the season, they were sat fairly comfortably in mid-table.

Gennaro Gattuso

Handed the reins at Milan after a bad start, he lost just four of his 24 league games in charge and led them to the Coppa Italia final.

The Misters Awards 2018: Full list from 21 to 54:

21. Mauricio Pochettino (13 points)

22. Julian Nagelsmann (12.5)

23. David Wagner (12.5)

24. Chris Hughton (12.5)

25. Arsene Wenger (12)

26. Luciano Spalletti (10.5)

27. Jose Luis Mendilibar (10.5)

28. Maurizio Sarri (9.5)

29. Manuel Baum (9)

30. Antonio Conte (8.5)

31. Sandro Schwarz (8.5)

32. Javier Calleja (7)

33. Gian Piero Gasperini (7)

34. Claude Puel (7)

35. Asier Garitano (7)

36. Rolando Maran (7)

37. Marco Giampaolo (6)

38. Roy Hodgson (5.5)

39. Eddie Howe (5)

40. Stefano Pioli (4)

41. Leonardo Semplici (4)

42. Ralph Hassenhuttl (3.5)

43. Dieter Hecking (3)

44. Fabio Pecchia (3)

45. Roberto Donadoni (2)

46. Quique Sanchez Flores (1.5)

47. Pal Dardai (1)

48. Juan Carlos Unzue (0.5)

49. Roberto De Zerbi (0.5)

50. Diego Lopez (-1.5)

51. Eusebio Sacristan (-3.5)

52. Christian Streich (-3.5)

53. Mauricio Pellegrino (-9.5)

54. Jose Angel Ziganda (-11.5)

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