Luis Fernández – PSG
Successful as a player, Luis was a member of the magnificent midfield that helped France win the 1984 European Championships under the time of Hidalgo. Then, Luis Fernandez went into management position. He turned AS Cannes into a European team before heading to the city of lights – Paris. Although he never won the league, he did won two domestic trophies and became a cup expert. In 1996 he led the club to the Cup Winners’ Cup, becoming the first French manager ever to win a European trophy.
Laurent Blanc won more titles at PSG than Fernández, but with more assistance and in a much stronger position, The Spanish-born coach would come back in 2000 for a second-term and determined in bringing Ronaldinho to Europe. Fernández should be on this list considering that reason alone.
Now, the coach is more popular for being part of talk radio channel, RMC and his own program, Luis Attaque.
Jean-Claude Suaudeau – FC Nantes
When thinking about the greatest ever French managers, we have to look at the men behind the most successful club. With eight Ligue 1 trophies, FC Nantes deserve their place in French football history and the members of 1994-95 season will never be forgotten.
In charge of that team was French mamager Jean-Claude “Coco” Suaudeau. It was his second season at the club as he won two titles with as a player and as coach in 1983. Suaudeau would go one even better. Not only did they win the title, but they went on winning 32 games unbeaten during a single season, a record still unable to be beaten. Players such as Claude Makélélé, Patrice Loko, Christian Karembeu, and Reynald Pedros contributed in that success, but it will always be the team that Coco led.
José Arribas lifted three titles with Les Canaris and Jean Vincent won two, but it was in the way Suaudeau managed the team that puts him ahead of the others.