France has not only nurtured some of the greatest footballers of the world beautiful game, but on the touchline, their coaches have changed today’s game.
Creating a list of the men who are considered to be the greatest French managers is as tough as putting your children in an order of preference. There are some obvious choices, but whether it be due to their impact on the game, success at some of the best football clubs or just the respect they earned, narrowing down the list is different
Zinedine Zidane has already won the Champions League title and has led Real Madrid to the top of La Liga, but still in the early stages of his career, so there are many things to wait for.
The same fate applies to Jocelyn Gourvennec, Hervé Renard, Rémi Garde and many others. They will all have opportunities to continue advancing their success, making this list even harder to make in the future.
Here are the greatest French managers.
Paul Le Guen – Olympique Lyonnais
A little controversial decision to kick things off, but we could have debated about his merits for hours. Once he left France in 2005, everything seemed to be a little sour.
A poor beginning at Rangers, winning just two of 10 games, makes him one of the terrible coaches in Old Firm history. However, he then won three-straight league titles with Olympique Lyonnais – the position that he took over from Jacques Santini. He led to team to win the first of OL’s seven titles and directed the club in a brand-new direction. Gerard Houllier and Alain Perrin would also get remarkable success in Lyon, but you can argue that they took advantages of the foundations that Le Guen built.
His team is legendary, in which Le Guen’s influence is impossible to forget.
He would take over Paris Saint-Germain in the worst period in their history, but stopped them from being relegated and then helped them to win the Coupe de la Ligue in 2008.