Football managers’ outfits are becoming almost as iconic as the coaches themselves, but which eight managers are the most stylish?
taken a stylish turn. No longer seen in scruffy tracksuits, modern managers opt
for formal suits over jogging bottoms
on the touchline—and for very good reason.
sophistication and sartorial elegance, regardless of their team’s on-field
performance. The touchline has become the runway for fashionable football, and
the one in charge sets the tone. So who made the ranking for the most iconic
football manager looks?
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City’s manager, is always well-dressed in a style that exudes comfort (credit: football.ua (Wikimedia Commons))
achieved through attire like ripped jeans and a t-shirt. Pep Guardiola’s ascent
to the pinnacle is not only marked by his managerial success but also by his
distinctive fashion flair.
jumper or a formal
three-piece suit, the Manchester City boss exudes comfort. The consistently
triumphant Spaniard effortlessly embraces various styles for any occasion,
setting him apart from his counterparts both on the field and beyond.
Julian Nagelsmann has showcased a diverse array of outfits, from polo shirts to tweed suits (credit: Steffen Prößdorf (Wikimedia Commons))
managers in international football, stands out not just for his coaching
prowess but also for his impeccable sense of style. At 36 years old, he has
showcased a diverse array of eye-catching outfits while managing Bayern Munich,
RB Leipzig, and his national team. Whether it’s cropped trousers and polo
shirts or blazers
suits, Nagelsmann’s wardrobe reflects a distinctive Eurocentric taste that
only a chosen few can effortlessly embody.
the England manager, has emerged as an emblem of sartorial excellence.
Despite not being the most charismatic figure, the 53-year-old’s collection of
classic outfits illuminates every touchline, ensuring he remains in the fashion
Gareth Southgate’s collection of classic outfits, including his famous waistcoat, illuminate every touchline (credit: Антон Зайцев (Wikimedia Commons))
suits have become as much a trademark as his successful brand of football
management. His fashion influence is so profound that even Stoke
City FC players have sought to emulate the Southgate look. Remarkably,
during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, his famous waistcoat became such a style
phenomenon that Marks & Spencer ran out of stock. Now, that’s the epitome
of fashion influence.
with League Two Stevenage, Paul Tisdale’s fashion sense transcends the confines
of his division. At 50, his matchday attire wouldn’t look out of place on a
Paris catwalk, defying the traditional image of a muddy touchline. Tisdale
boasts an extensive collection of suits in an array of styles and colours, often
opting for chequered blazers or long formal coats reminiscent of a typical city
“Paul Tisdale’s matchday attire wouldn’t look out of place on a Paris catwalk”
ensembles with various accessories,
including deer-stalkers and pork pie hats. Occasionally, he even dons a cravat,
adding a touch of sensational flair to his distinctive style.
Amidst the current style drought at Manchester United, their manager Erik ten Hag is a beacon sartorial sophistication (credit: Кирилл Венедиктов (Wikimedia Commons))
exquisitely dressed manager is a beacon of fashion flair. Erik ten Hag faces
the formidable task of reviving this slumbering giant, and he’s determined to
do it with an impeccable sense of style. The 53-year-old Dutchman presents an
enigmatic image on matchdays, combining formal woollen coats, skinny trousers, slim-fit shirts,
scarves, and accessories.
ensures that his matchday attire displays a level of detail and sophistication—a quality that hasn’t fully translated to his team’s
performance on the pitch.
Turning heads on touchlines for decades, the enigmatic Roberto Mancini consistently shows off a sharp style (credit: Roger Gorączniak (Wikimedia Commons))
Roberto Mancini remains a football fashion icon. The enigmatic Italian, a
former Manchester City boss, consistently exudes sharp style on the bench,
whether in a well-cut suit, blazer, or a classic trench coat, invariably paired
with a matching
showcases cooler attire as the current coach of Saudi Arabia. By maintaining
simplicity, he effortlessly pulls off any look with the famed Italian ease that
has become synonymous with his fashion legacy.
manager may be undecided, his unquestionable prowess in sartorial style and
individual dress sense speaks volumes. The 42-year-old, currently seeking his
next coaching opportunity after departing Belgian side Club Brugge, showcased a
wealth of touchline presence during his stints with Fulham and Bournemouth.
“Scott Parker’s prowess in sartorial style and individual dress sense speaks volumes”
repertoire included a stunning array of suits, blazers, coats, and jackets—always
smart, always on point. Regardless of the managerial debate, Parker’s fashion
acumen remains a constant highlight.
Malcolm Allison, a renowned manager, is possibly more celebrated for his iconic fashion statements (credit: Joseph1891 (Wikimedia Commons))
The West Ham United legend, renowned for managing 18 clubs in four different
countries, including Manchester City (twice), is perhaps more celebrated for
his iconic statement
hats and luxurious fur coats.
1980s, an era dominated by flares and oversized lapels, ‘Big Mal’ stood out as
a trendsetter. While his distinctive style may not be deemed fashionable today,
Allison carried off the bold look like no other, leaving an indelible mark on
the football fashion landscape.
themselves beyond traditional roles, emerging as bona fide style icons. The
remarkable versatility of Pep Guardiola and Julian Nagelsmann’s Eurocentric
flair exemplify these iconic figures, highlighting the seamless integration of
fashion with the beautiful game.
“Managers have elevated themselves beyond traditional roles, emerging as bona fide style icons”
source of inspiration for fans, offering a glimpse into the evolving culture of
football. In doing so, these managers assert that the touchline is not merely a
stage for tactics but also a canvas for style.
Banner photo: Many of the most iconic manager outfits involve a stylish suit (credit: Anders Kristensen (Pexels))
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