Football writers answer best manager question after Jose Mourinho’s claim

Jose Mourinho named his methods as second to none following Tottenham’s defeat against West Ham on Sunday, but who is currently the best boss in the world?

"I wouldn't say crisis. I would say a bad, a really bad, run of results. That is obvious,” said the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss when questioned about the form of his side.

Before adding: “Mine and my coaching staff's methods are second to nobody in the world.”

Our football writers have given their thoughts on that bold statement – with Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Hansi Flick of Bayern Munich leading the nominations.

Ben Husband – Pep Guardiola

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach has conquered and dominated three different leagues.

Questions can be asked on how well he would fare without the riches offered to him so far in his career, but trophies are not always a given, even at the biggest clubs.

With every team, Pep improves his players and brings them to heights few could have ever envisioned.

The lack of recent Champions League success works against him, but there is every chance he'll tick that box before the season ends.

Rhys Daly – Pep Guardiola

Right now, Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the world.

Although Manchester City were brushed aside by Jurgen Klopp’s inspired Liverpool side last season, they have hit back in style with 12 consecutive Premier League victories.

That form is made even more impressive when considering the extended absence of Sergio Aguero, with the resurgence of John Stones another fine reflection of Guardiola.

Should they go on to win both the league and the Champions League this season, Guardiola’s legacy at the Etihad might well be complete.

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  • Mark Taylor – Hansi Flick

    If we’re talking about the man who has his team playing the best football in the world right now then it has to be Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich.

    The historic sextuple winners are a joy to behold at the minute, and Flick’s win percentage at 82 per cent is just staggering.

    By comparison, Pep Guardiola averaged 72 per cent at Barcelona and is on 73 per cent at Manchester City, which leaves him in second, for now.

    Nick Murphy – Diego Simeone

    The Atletico Madrid boss has rebuilt his side to become a force on both the domestic and European stage once again.

    It takes a good manager to mould one team which can bloody the noses of Real Madrid, Barcelona and the Champions League elite.

    But it takes a great manager to do it twice in the same spell in charge with a single club – something very few other modern managers have achieved.

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    Tom Cavilla – Pep Guardiola

    It’s hard to look past Pep Guardiola. The Manchester City manager is likely to deliver a third Premier League title in four years at the end of the season, having breezed past most opponents.

    Standards had slipped last campaign, highlighted by the fact that Liverpool were title winners by an impressive 18-point margin. But City and Guardiola have responded emphatically to this challenge.

    Despite missing Sergio Aguero for the majority of this term, Guardiola has found new ways to win. Whether that has been utilising Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden as the focal point of attack or presenting Joao Cancelo with the freedom to influence play in different areas of the pitch, this is a team that continues to evolve.

    Keeping players on their toes through a competition for places has resulted in others such as John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko reaching new heights.

    Matt Maltby – Pep Guardiola

    In a remarkable season which has seen almost every top manager endure a blip, Pep Guardiola seems to have come out the other side with a smile on his face.

    There could be an argument for Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich, and he should be applauded for his heroics at the club, but the City boss edges this one.

    The fact City are 10 points clear at the top of the league – and with 18 straight wins – after a stuttering start to the season speaks volumes about Pep's influence in the dressing room.

    Jose has seemingly lost his players, Guardiola hasn't.

    Only a huge shock will prevent City from claiming their third league title in four years; and you wouldn't back against them finally landing that much-craved Champions League triumph either.

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