Date: 11th January 2011 at 2:03am
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A decade of annual polling for the position of the World’s Best Coach of the 1st Decade of the 21st century carried out by the IFFHS (La Fédération Internationale de l’Histoire du Football et des Statistiques) has ended with Arsene Wenger being crowned as the best ahead of Sir Alex and Mourinho.

Each year between 2001 and 2010 jurors from many different countries have voted internationally and despite never winning an annual poll Arsene’s consistency in maintaining Arsenal competing at the top level every year has put him ahead of his peers on the decade’s tally. The IFFHS is an organization of historical and statistical studies on football founded in 1984 in Germany. As an acknowledged source, recognised and supported by FIFA, it has developed what it claims to be a sophisticated and scientific system of calculating the best performances achieved by players or coaches over specific time periods and presents its club and national coach and other awards annually. Those coaches winning annual awards over the last decade have been more than happy to accept them and Arsene will be presented with his award at the World Football Gala 2011 to be held in May.

A total of 176 coaches from 50 countries have appeared in the polling over the 10 years. Only 3 Englishmen featured in this time with Roy Hodgson ranked highest in 92nd place. Sir Alex Ferguson came in a close 2nd with Jose Mourinho 3rd. As with all ranking systems the methodology used can be challenged but as an indication of Wenger’s influence on the game over this last decade it’s a satisfying achievement nonetheless.



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