Jose Mourinho claimed he was the best manager in the world after Tottenham’s weekend loss to West Ham… and at least someone seems to agree with him.
The Portuguese manager has been named the World’s Best Coach of the 21st Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
The organisation yearly decides on the World’s Best Club Coach and the World’s Best National Team Coach.
Combining these annual statisitics and scoring points to each manager accordingly, they have deduced that Mourinho is top of the tree.
The stats have been taken into account from when the awards began, in 2001.
Germany coach Joachim Low is in second spot, with Manchester United legend and the world’s most decorated manager Sir Alex Ferguson in third.
Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola came out fourth with former Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger completing the top five.
The list could well back-up Mourinho’s own claim that he is the best manager in the world.
He had just watched his team lose 2-1 to West Ham when he made the bullish claim.
Asked whether results have made him doubt his methods, the 58-year-old told Sky Sports: “No, not at all. Not at all. Zero. Sometimes results are a consequence of multiple situations in football.
“Mine, and my coaching staff’s methods, are second to nobody in the world.”
Earlier this season Spurs were sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League and there was plenty of talk that their hunt for a trophy would finally end.
But now they face a battle to even bag a European spot, although they are in the League Cup final and still in the Europa League.