The best five coaches in the A-League

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Some of us hate our team’s coach, others love them. Sometimes we want them to quit during the post-match press conference, other times we want to carry them off on our shoulders.

We love to brag to our friends, pretending we know our coach is the best but the question has to be asked, how do we prove it?

Well now you can, with our list of the top five A-League coaches.

5. Ante Milicic

Kicking off our list we have Milicic as the fifth best coach in the A-League. He has been in the coaching ranks for more than a decade, with his span at the Matilda’s and assistant coach of the Socceroos perhaps the most significant accomplishments on his CV.

Milicic took over as the inaugural coach of Macarthur FC, and had them sitting pretty inside the top four of the A-League ladder after four rounds. After the amount of time he has spent around the game, he had to feature.

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4. Patrick Kisnorbo

At number four on our list is a relative rookie to the coaching ranks, Kisnorbo.

Kisnorbo is a surprising pick to a few and although it’s early in the season it’s easy to see he has got Melbourne City playing an exciting brand of football. He inherited a strong list from outgoing coach Erick Mombaerts yet also injected his own sense of aggression and passion in a team who needs to go one better this year.

Kisnorbo clearly has fantastic relationships with his players, and do not be surprised to see this amateur coach take City deep into the finals once more.

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3. Ufuk Talay

This may be considered another rogue call, but hear us out. Talay’s and Wellington Phoenix’s start to this season has not been ideal, but he is in this list because of the side’s brand of football last season.

It was a slow start to the season for the Kiwi’s last year, but they finished off the back half off the season with a head full of steam and a game plan that was executed perfectly, week in week out.

Season 2020/21 may still follow a similar path to last, so if Talay and his side can get some momentum into their season, do not be surprised to see another season of a coaching masterclass.

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2. Mark Rudan

Rudan has had an outstanding start to his A-League coaching career in his first two seasons, and Western United started strong but it may not be so this season.

He does not have the same stats on the board to some of his peers, however it’s clear to see his coaching career is going places. Rudan’s first year at Wellington saw him reach the finals by finishing sixth, and then went one better the year after as inaugural United coach, finishing fifth and reaching the semi-finals.

Rudan’s coaching appears to be on an upward spiral and you can expect success to be just around the corner wherever he is.

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  1. Stephen Corica

Corica is head and shoulders above his peers and it’s not hard to see why.

He has been around Sydney FC his whole coaching career and since becoming the full time coach in 2018 he has won 57 per cent of games. However, that is not his main selling point, with his two premierships in his first two years as big an achievement as has been made by an A-League coach.

With the Sky Blues favourites again this year, can Corica extend himself even further into the record books and claim an incredible third premiership? You do not want to bet against him.

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Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Seb Mottram
Seb Mottram
Sports nut studying Media comms and Marketing at Monash.

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