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Top 10 Managers in English Premier League history

We know them by a single name, we know them like our own family members, they are known by the silhouette they cast along the touchline.

Mourinho, Wenger, Ferguson, Benitez….in past and present the English Premier League has seen its share of iconic managers and these are only four of them.

The list is based on the best winning percentage in the Barclays Premier League, having managed a minimum of 50 matches. The special ones like Pat Rice (Arsenal), John Carver (Newcastle) and Jim Barron (Aston Villa), who all boast a 100% winning record in the English Premier League. However, Carver and Barron have managed Newcastle and Aston villa respectively only once, whilst Pat Rice managed Arsenal three times, they fail to be included in our list of top 10 managers in English Premier League. But what a boast that was!

It is sure that the list will certainly spark some debates, so please feel free to have your constructive comments.

Top 10 Managers in English Premier League history

10. Gianluca Vialli (winning rate: 48%)

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Between 1998 and 2000, Vialli managed Chelsea 94 times in the English Premier League. At the pre-Abramovich Chelsea era, the Italian had a great successful time. Vialli managed to win 45 games of the 94 matches in the Premier league, winning five trophies in less than three years of his service. He is the most successful manager at the time of his tenure at Chelsea with a league win record of 48% and it is easy to see why.

9. Kenny Dalglish (winning rate: 48%)

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Kenny Dalglish, commonly known as ‘King Kenny’ in the red half of Liverpool FC, has had a successful career both as a player and a manager. Kenny had managed the Reds twice and in total 238 Premier League matches. The Scottish manager won 115 of those, earning himself a success rate of 48%.

8. Andre Villas-Boas (winning rate: 52%)

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Andre Villas-Boas may have failed at Chelsea and Tottenham, but his win percentage suggests otherwise. Despite a success rate of 52% with winning 42 of his 81 Premier League matches, the Portuguese tactician has struggled enough to win over the critics in England. Still his winning isn’t half bad at all.

7. Claudio Ranieri (winning rate: 52%)

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Commonly known as “The Tinkerman”, Claudio Ranieri was a popular figure at his time at Chelsea. After taking over from Gianluca Vialli in September 2000, the Italian tactician managed 146 matches at Stamford Bridge, winning 76 of them. Ranieri is now in the French League 1 managing AS Monaco and after 2014 World Cup he took the managing hand of Greek National Football team.

6. Rafael Benitez (winning rate: 56%)

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Rafael Benitez has proved himself to be one of the most iconic managers in English Premier League history and his record shows that. At Liverpool, Benitez won 141 of his 254 matches in the Premier League with a success rate of 56%. The Spaniard is now at Napoli and trying his best at Italian Serie A. Rafael Benitez is best remembered by the Liverpool fan for his significant role in Liverpool’s Champions League success in 2005.

5. Arsene Wenger (winning rate: 58%)

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The current Arsenal manager is by far the most successful and also longest-standing manager in the English Premier League. The Frenchman started his managerial career at Arsenal in 1996 and he is still there now winning 386 of his 666 Premier League matches. His impressive record also includes winning the title three times for the gunners, including the memorable campaign of 2003/04, when his ‘Invincible’ side didn’t lose a single match.

4. Roberto Mancini (winning rate: 62%)

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In Manchester City, Roberto Mancini won 82 matches of his 133 as the club find themselves at the very top of the English game. In 2012, the Italian guided the club to the Premier League title. He remains as a much loved character at Eastlands.

3. Carlo Ancelotti (winning rate: 63%)

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Carlo Ancelotti has enjoyed a very successful two seasons as Chelsea manager between 2009 and 2011. Currently he is managing Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti, in his first season in England won the League and FA Cup double, doing so in an exciting manner. Chelsea netted 103 goals in their 2009/10 season, more than any other club in Premier League history. His record of winning 48 games out of 76 matches suggests how successful he was at his time in England.

2. Sir Alex Ferguson (winning rate: 65%)

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Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to be seen as one of the ionic managers to have graced English football more than anyone else. The tough Scotsman managed to win an incredible 528 wins in 810 Premier League matches. For Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson won 13 EPL titles as well as many other titles. Ferguson has become such a legend that he will be admired as one at Old Trafford for an infinite period of time.

1. Jose Mourinho (winning rate: 70%)

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Jose Mourinho, ‘The Special One’ is currently in the middle of his second stint as Chelsea manager. The legendary Portuguese tactician has managed to won 105 of his 149 English Premier League matches to date, earning him an incredible 70% winning rate.

The special one guided Chelsea to grab two league titles in his first two seasons at the Bridge. Jose Mourinho currently boasts a record of 75 unbeaten matches at home. In the 2004/05 season the club collected a record 95 points in accorded with Mourinho’s tactics.

With an incredible performance, it is hardly surprising that Jose Mourinho leads this list of top 10 managers in English Premier League history with the success rate of 70%.

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Top 10 Best Umpires in Cricket World 2015

Umpire in cricket is the man who declares any batsman out or giving him a sixer or an over boundary. It’s all in his hand standing behind the wickets at bowler’s end. They are the ones maintaining peace and harmony according to the rules of cricket. As the umpires are also humans, some misjudgments can also come from their sides. A wrong decision is well enough to put any team in tough situation, even when they are very close to the victory.

Irrespective of those unavoidable wrong decisions which are very few in number, the cricket umpires are the symbol of justice for any team on the ground. Without them, the cricket match will be itself a misery.

Top 10 Best Umpires in Cricket:

Today, we will bring to you the list of top 10 best umpires in cricket. The names in this list may be arguable, but they are undoubtedly the elite ICC cricket umpires in the history of cricket.

10. Tony Hill

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Tony Hill’s full name is Anthony Lloyd Hill. He was born in 1951 in Auckland, New Zealand. He made his ODI debut as an umpire in a match against New Zealand and Zimbabwe, which was played at Napier in March 1998. His Test debut came in 2001. There he managed a match against New Zealand and Bangladesh at Hamilton, New Zealand.

ICC had decided to appoint Tony Hill to matches away from New Zealand during his time on the International umpire panel. He played his role as a neutral umpire for supporting the elite panel. His particular highlights are the third test match between South Africa and Australia at Johannesburg in March 2006. Beside this, he was officiating on-field at three Group- A matches at 2007 Cricket World Cup in St. Kitts.

Tony Hill had officiated at 96 ODIs, 39 Teat matches, along with 17 T20 international so far. In 2009, Tony Hill was elected in the ICC Elite Panel of umpires. In this ICC cricket umpires list, Tony Hill is the 10th of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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09. Darrell Hair

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Darrell Hair, real name Darrell Bruce Hair was born on 1952, New South Wales, Australia. His debut as a Test umpire was on January 1992, between Australia and India in Adelaide. He was well mentioned to call NO BALL in great spinner Muttiah Muralitharan seven times in three overs for throwing the ball. The match was held in 1995, between Sri Lanka and Australia in Melbourne.

Darrell Hair had officiated a total 139 ODIs and 78 Test matches. On the 4th day of the 4th Test match between Pakistan and England in 2006 at the Oval ground, Darrell Hair and his fellow umpire Billy Doctrove ruled out Pakistan for illegal ball tampering. They awarded five penalty runs to the England team and offered them a replacement new ball. Pakistan team refused to take the field in protest.

Later on an ICC board meeting panel decided that Darrell Hair should not umpire matches involving the Test playing nations. On 22 August 2008, Darrell Hair handed his resignation letter to ICC in order to continue his career as a cricket coach. Despite all these controversies, Darrell Hair is in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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08. Rudi Koertzen

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Rudi Koertzen was born in Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa in 1949. His real name is Rudolf Eric Koertzen. He was devoted for cricket since his childhood. While working for South African railways, he used to play cricket league. Initially, he became an umpire officiating at domestic games in 1981.

In the year 1992, Rudi Koertzen broke into the International cricket arena. He made his umpiring debut in ODI in a South Africa and India match. During the same tour, Rudi made his Test debut too, again in a match between South Africa and India. He took the standards to a higher level and in 1997 he became a full time ICC umpire. Soon, Rudi Koetzen became an important part in the ICC Elite Umpires Panel.

He officiated 209 ODIs along with 108 Test matches with 14 T20 Internationals in his career. He achieved ICC Bronze Bails Award for 100 ODIs, ICC Silver Bails Award for 200 ODIs and ICC Golden Bails Award for umpiring 100 Test matches. Rudi Koertzen is in the No 8 position in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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07. Daryl Harper

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Daryl Harper was born in 1951 in Australia. Daryl Harper started his living as a primary school teacher. He had a short career as an Australian football referee until an injury forced him to quit. Then he made it in umpiring cricket. He made his debut as a cricket umpire in 1983 and became the first Australian umpire to be selected into the ICC Elite Umpires Panel in 2002. He continued his career as an elite umpire till 2011.

Between 1998 and 2011, He was also an international Teat umpire. Daryl Harper had a brilliant umpiring career. He officiated 94 Test matches and 174 ODIs in his career. Following a criticism in June 2011, during India-West Indies test series, Daryl Harper decided to be retired. He achieved the honorable ICC Bronze Bails Awards for umpiring 100 ODIs. He is indeed one of the best umpires in cricket.

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06. Billy Bowden

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His real name is Brent Fraser Bowden. He is commonly known as Billy Bowden. Billy was born in 1963, in Henderson, New Zealand. He made his ODI debut as an umpire in 1995 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka match. His test umpiring debut was made in 2000, between New Zealand and Australia.

Billy Bowden gloriously officiated at three ICC World Cup events and was the reserve umpire in both 2007 ICC World Cup final and 2007 World T20 Championship. Billy Bowden’s career is decorated with 184 Tests and 77 ODIs along with 21 T20 matches. He was elected into the ICC Elite Umpires Panel in 2003. In the current game of cricket, he is best known for his bizarre and unique umpiring signals.

Among them, his dancing jig while signaling sixer and his crooked index finger to give out of a batsman are most notable. Billy was awarded with the ICC Bronze Bails for conducting 100 ODIs in 2007. Billy Bowden is at the No 6 stand in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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05. Aleem Dar

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Aleem Dar is a Pakistani born umpire with the full name Aleem Sarwar Dar. He was a Pakistani first-class cricketer, before starting his career as a cricket umpire. He played cricket for Gujranwala Cricket Association, Lahore, Allied Bank of Pakistan and Pakistan railways as a right-handed batsman. Aleem Dar was also a leg break bowler. Just at the age of 30, Aleem Dar started his journey as an international cricket umpire in 2000. He managed his debut in a match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Two years later in 2002, Aleem Dar was selected into the ICC Elite Umpire Panel for his outstanding performance in umpiring. He was able to win three consecutive ICC umpire of the year prize, in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He also achieved the award “Pride of Performance Award Pakistan”. In 2011 Cricket World Cup, he spent a splendid period of time while he gave 15 consecutive correct decisions that won against the DRS challenges. He has officiated a total of 159 ODIs and 87 tests in his career. He proudly made his place in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket history.

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04. Simon Taufel

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Simon James Arthur Taufel, commonly famous as Simon Taufel was born on 21 January 1971, New South Wales, Australia. Taufel initially made his career in cricket as a fast-medium bowler and played for Cammeray Cricket Club. In 1990-91 season, he grabbed the club’s best and fairest player award as he was the leading wicket taker with lowest bowling average. But, it was a sudden unfortunate that, his bowling career was cut short because of a back injury.

As an umpire, he made his ODI debut in 1999 in an ODI match between Australia and Sri Lanka. In 2000, he stepped ito Test between Australia and West Indies match. Cricket loving people soon started considering him as one of the best ICC cricket umpires of all time in cricket history after he was awarded with five consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year between 2004-2008. Taufel officiated at 174 ODIs, 74 test matches and 34 T20 Internationals. He announced his retirement after 2012 ICC World Cup T20 final. We are very glad to put him in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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03. David Shepherd

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David Shepherd is an English umpire who was born in Bideford, Devon on 27 December, 1940. He stated his cricketing career as a first-class cricketer. He played county cricket for Gloucestershire for 14 long years as a middle order batsman. He qualified for umpiring in 1981 and made a debut as an umpire in World Cup 1983 in England. It was a match against Pakistan and Sri Lanka which was played at swansea. He made his debut umpiring in Test in 1985 Ashes series at Manchester.

A funny fact about David Shepherd was, he always raised his leg whenever any score would reach 111. He appeared in 92 Test matches and stood last of them on June 2005. Shepherd also umpired 172 ODIs including three consecutive World Cup finals in 1996, 1999 and 2003. In 2009, he died of lung cancer. This great umpire is certainly made the position in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket world.

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02. Dickie Bird

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Harold Dennis Bird who is better known as Dickie Bird was born on April 19, 1933 in Yorkshire, England. He had a very struggling childhood. Dickie Bird was a school dropout and worked in a coal mine in his hard days. Surprisingly his first passion was football. But, after suffering an injury, he had to leave the dream. Then he began to play county cricket in his early career in Barnsley. He also played for his home, Yorkshire.

Bird made his debut in cricket umpiring at a Test match between England and New Zealand. He carried the glory to be the umpire for three consecutive Cricket World Cup finals notably in 1975, 1979 and 1983. He was officiated at 69 ODIs. He achieved officer of the Order of the British Empire award in 2012 for his outstanding contributions in cricket. In his last Test match, he was given the guard of honour by the English and Indian cricketers in 1996. Dickie Bird is the 2nd best umpire in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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01. Steve Bucknor

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Steve Bucknor was one of the most experienced and prolific umpires in the cricket world. His full name is Steve Anthony Bucknor. Bucknor was born in Jamaica, in 1946. He was a high school mathematics teacher in his early life. Initially, he was a football referee before he stepped in cricket at the age of 45. His Test umpiring debut was documented in 1989, in a match between West Indies and India. He officiated at his first ODI in the same year also between West Indies – India match.

In his outstanding career, Bucknor stood in 128 Tests along with 181 ODIs. Bucknor was awarded the Order of Jamaica in 2007 for his outstanding service in the field of sports. He also received ICC’s Bronze Bails awards for his 100 ODI standings as well as Golden Bails for 100 Test matches. This well-known ICC elite umpire announced his retirement in 2009. Steve Bucknor is the umpire we are looking for to put him in No 1 in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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Many more world renowned umpires have already retired from cricket pitch and so many are in the way of making themselves famous. Now in 2014, the ICC Elite Panel Umpires consists of Bruce Oxenford, Richard Illingworth, Aleem Dar, Ian Gould, Steve Davis, Marais Erasmus, Kumar Dharmasena, Nigel Llong, Rod Tucker, Richard Kettleborough and Paul Reiffel. The whole cricket world depends upon them. The cricket fans are always eager to see some best decisions during the adrenalin -driven matches in the upcoming ICC cricket world cup 2015.

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Top 10 Highest Paid NFL Coaches in 2016


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NFL (National Football League) is a billion-dollar industry. It is the most popular American football league watched throughout the world. It is a very profitable sports business for the concerning authority. It seems that everyone involved with NFL is filling their pockets, except the NFL players. Some of the assistant coaches in NFL earn in millions and most of them receive annual salaries comparable to major players in NFL. The NFL franchises themselves are worth hundreds of millions, which they get from ticket sales, memorabilia and numerous team endorsements. Ultimately, they enlist their names as highest paid NFL coaches with the enormous amount of money.

The NFL teams provide their head-coaches with a sky-high salary, which is four-times that of their staff. The NFL teams invest a huge amount of money in their head coaches. The coaches make themselves worthy by years of experience, records and winning potentials. In this article, The Sportyghost team brings to you top 10 highest paid NFL coaches in 2016.

Top 10 highest paid NFL coaches in 2016

NFL is the top platform of American football. Every NFL franchise wants to get the most experienced and best-of-all head coach. This is the most important part of team’s management and they have pay a huge in this case. Here is the list of top 10 highest paid NFL coaches in 2016. Just scroll down and find who is the highest paid NFL head coach in 2016?

10. Chip Kelly, San Francisco 49ers

6 million/year

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The San Francisco 49ers hired Chip Kelly as a new head coach on 14 January, 2016. They signed him a four-year deal which is worth of $24 million. There are some interesting aspect of this new signing. Chip Kelly is still getting paid by his previous team, Philadelphia Eagles. If the Eagles were paying him $7 million this season, The 49ers would be left paying him $1 million. So, he will still make $13 million, from which $12 million will be paid by San Francisco 49ers, making him one of the highest paid NFL coaches in 2016.


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9. Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers

Estimated $6 million/year

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The Green Bay Packers signed Mike McCarthy to a multi-year extension in 2014. The contract will keep the NFL’s longest-tenured general manager-coach combination healthy upto 2018. According to Forbes, McCarthy will earn $6 million annual salary. The income will move him into a tax bracket much closure to Pete Carroll and Sean Payton and other highest paid NFL coaches. In order to give him the full benefit of the contract, Packers may increase his weekly salaries in an undisclosed manner.

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8 acheter du cialis belgique. Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals

$6 million/year

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Coach Bruce Arians signed a four-year contract extension with the Cardinals in 2015, which is technically keeping him through the 2019 season of NFL. According to the contract, he will earn approximately $6 million annually. He is one of the top NFL coaches. Arians became AP Head Coach of the year in 2014. He also won most of the games with Cardinals in his first two seasons as a head coach.

7. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

$6 million/year

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Jason Garrett is a famous American football coach and acting as a head coach of Dallas Cowboys since 2010. In 2015, Jason made a five-year contract extension with the team. The contract would worth of $30 million, which will leave him $6 million as an annual salary. He led the Cowboys to the playoff in the last season of NFL for the first time since 2009. The Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East beating Detroit Lions in the wild-card round under the management of Jason Garrett. He stands at no. 7 in top 10 highest paid NFL coaches in 2016.

6. Jeff Fisher, Los Angeles Rams

$7 million/year

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The current head-coach of Los Angeles Rams, Jeff Fisher net worth is estimated over $16 million. Most of his earnings come from the NFL salary, which is $7 million per year. He signed a five-year contract with the Rams in 2012 worth of $35 million. He also served as a head coach in Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers. The former Super Bowl Champion, Jeff Fisher serves as a co-chairperson in NFL competition committee.

5. John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens

$7 million/year

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After winning the Super Bowl championship in 2013, Baltimore Ravens signed him a multiyear contract extension.  According to his signing, John Harbaugh will get around $12 million as a salary. His contract extension allows him to earn more than $7 million in 2016, though he ought to get $3 million. He has a cap hits of $4 million last year. After the Super Bowl victory, Ravens are committed to hold Harbaugh for a longer time.

4. Andy Reid, Kansas City

$7.5 million/year

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The Kansas City head-coach Andy Reid is the 4th highest paid NFL coaches in 2016. He has been managing The Kansas City since 2013 and made a five-year contract. According to the salary scheme, Andy receives a total $37.5 million during his time with the city. The deal left him annual salary of $7.5 million. He is the NFC champion in 2004 and AP Coach of the year in 2002.

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3. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

$7.5 million/year

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He is considered as the longest tenured head coach in the history of NFL. Bill receives an annual salary of $7.5 million from the Patriots. Bill Belichick net worth in 2016 is estimated around $35 million and he is at 3rd spot in our list of top 10 highest paid NFL coaches in 2016. He is the two-time NFC Champion and seven-time AFC champion. He also won NFL Super Bowl 6 times in his coaching career, making him one of the winningest NFL coaches of all time.

2. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints

$8 million/year

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Sean Payton is a former American football player and the head coach of New Orleans Saints. He has been managing the New Orleans since 2006. He signed a five year contract with the team in 2012. According to the deal, he will earn a total $40 million and $8 million annually for five years. He has also earned a cap hit of $8 million per year in 2016. He stands at no. 2 in our list of highest paid NFL coaches in 2016.  Sean Payton will be a free agent in 2018, if the Saints don’t extent the contract.

1. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

$8+ million/year

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Pete Carroll is the head coach and executive vice president of Seattle Seahawks. Carroll has signed a contract extension following Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory in 2014. The contract will keep him with the Seahawks through the NFL season of 2016. His five-year contract upto 2014 would let him earn a total $35 million, before his 2-year contract extension. His annual salary is reportedly bumped from $7 million to $8+ million in 2016. His  annual earning salary also includes signing bonus, roster bonus, restructure bonus and workout bonus. Pete Carroll is one of the top NFL coaches in the world.

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Why Rafa Benitez Is the Perfect Manager for Real Madrid?

It has been 19 years since Rafael Benitez left the club where he cut his playing and coaching teeth and finally he set to return to the Santiago Bernabeu and take the hot seat. Benitez is a former player with Castilla and a successful coach from the age of 26. He worked hard and made his way up the ranks via the Under 19s. He was an assistant to Vicente Del Bosque. Now, he is coming home with the blessing of top man of Real Madrid, namely Florentino Perez.

Real Madrid Vice-president Eduardo Fernandez confirmed the appointment telling the press,

“Carlo Ancelotti is a real phenomenon to me. Three days ago, he was the best coach in the world, as two years ago the best was Jose Mourinho and now it will be Rafael Benitez.”

Previously, Perez tried several times to lure Benitez and bring him back to Bernabeu. It is the third time for the Real Madrid President who always had Benitez in his mind from the moment he had decided to dismiss Carlo Ancelotti.

Rafa Benitez Is the Perfect Manager for Real Madrid:

Rafael Benitez is a man who understands completely about Real Madrid. He will be fully aware about managing a club like Real entails to the players, the executive board and the media affairs. As many of the players are disappointed following the news of Ancelotti’s departure, they issued a number of farewells for him. It is not really a good sign giving the outgoing Carlo a heart-warming uplift.

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Actually, players are always sorry to see a manager leaving. It will be a greater challenge for the players to accept new coach who might be tempted to get the ball rolling with double training dose. The players might sacrifice to luxuriate in the comfort zone.

Rafael Benitez is certainly that kind of manager I’m talking about. He is returning here with the full backing and unconditional support from the Club’s hierarchy. Benitez is a man with definite plan. He is going to make the players work as a team. He will balance the offensive and defensive section by doing more training jobs. When the time comes for him to leave, it will not be a simple ‘bon voyage’ type at all for sure.

However, there are many complaints about Benitez. Some critics accuse him to be an over defensive coach. Few days ago, in an interview with Marca, he was quick to point out the disbelief, mentioning the difference between organized which was previously perceived as defensive.

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Let’s have a look at the titles he won over the years- two La Liga for Valencia, a Champions League for Liverpool, two Europa league titles for Chelsea and Valencia, FA and Italian Cup finals for Liverpool and Napoli respectively. Benitez’s squad are always set up to score goals. The teams are organized in a way to win the titles. There are many trophies in his achievement which are not only own by the mere act of scoring goals after goals, but also by that of not conceding. In the interview he added, it is obviously talent which is all well and good, but eventually the team have to be organized in a proper way.

He is a master at using and adapting to what he has available. At Liverpool, it was him, who transformed Steven Gerrard to an efficient goal machine by playing behind Fernando Torres. It was one of his most successful strategies and was regarded as the stuff of legend. Benitez is also a prolific idol of tactics such as zonal marking and squad rotation. During the first implementation, they were controversial, but they were innovative and effective too.

Many coaches followed his methods, yet he never received the credit of being the chief pioneer of such approach. He is also the first to adapt the technique of twin holding midfielders. The tactic was so effective in creating balance in all areas. But alas! He is still accused of being a defensive minded coach.

Under his guidance, Liverpool scored a total of 119 goals in the 2007-08 season in EPL, which was more than any other English club. However, there is a little doubt about one thing. Will he be able to do whatever he wish at Bernabeu?

It will be a great challenge for Rafa Benitez. He will be eager to do things his way and will have a supremely organized approach to build the team. Hopefully, Real Madrid will return as a major in the next season both at home and abroad.