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Fergie pips Benitez and Wenger yet again after being hailed best coach on the planet

Sir Alex Ferguson has been voted the World's Best Club Coach of 2008, but the award threw up a few surprises elsewhere.

The manager of the English, European and World Champions was the clear winner of the honour, organised by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), for the first time since Manchester United's Champions League victory in 1999.

But some of the other names in the top 25, which was compiled from the votes of experts in 85 countries, were more unexpected.

Not a single English manager made the cut as Sir Alex was the lone British representative, but the 'Big Four' all had personnel, past or present, on the list.

Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant came in at eighth, but his predecessor, Jose Mourinho, was named the 15th best coach in the world.

The Inter Milan boss is not 'The Special One' according to the boffins at the IFFHS.

Then there's Alain Perrin, who sneaked in at number 25.

He guided Lyon to the French title but only lasted a season.

English football fans will remember him for his ill-fated eight-month spell in charge of Portsmouth and an unenviable record of four wins in 20 Premier League encounters.

And who is Akira Nishino? Gamba Osaka supporters may hail him as a tactical genius but Ferguson's crown will be safe for a little while yet.

The Top 25 Club Coaches for 2008

1. Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)

2. Dirk Advocaat (Zenit St Petersburg)

3. Edgardo Bauza (LDU de Quito)

4. Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)

5. Rafa Benitez (Liverpool)

6. Carlos Luis Ischia (Boca Juniors)

7. Roberto Mancini (Inter Milan)

8. Avram Grant (Chelsea)

9. Manuel José Jesús Silva (Al-Ahly Cairo)

10. Frank Rijkaard (Barcelona)

11. Ottmar Hitzfeld (Bayern Munich)

12. Manuel Pellegrini (Villareal) and Muricy Ramalho (Sau Paulo)

14. Ralf Rangnick (Hoffenheim)

15. José Mourinho (Inter Milan)

16. Luciano Spalletti (Roma)

17. Viktor M. Goncharenko (FC BATE Barysau) and Temuri Ketsbaia (Anorthosis Ammochostos)

19. Akira Nishino (Gamba Osaka), Adenor Leonardo Bacchi (Sport Club Internacional) and Claudio Ranieri (Juventus)

22. Claudio Cesare Prandelli (Fiorentina) and Mirdjalal Kasymov (FC Bunyodko Tashkent)

24. Javier Aguirre (Atletico Madrid) and Alain Perrin (Lyon)

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VaVaVoom said:
Where's Paul Ince???
LOL..... Paul Ince looked so blinkered man. ... it was shocking! There was moment in the game against Blackburn, the camera showed Ince's face and he looked as if he was trying to figure where he was!

...Maybe United's attacking football had him dizzy ;)
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