Mourinho, Zidane, Guardiola: Hansi Flick has had the best debut season in history

Hansi Flick

Hansi Flick came out of nowhere last season to lead a revolution in the Bayern Munich camp.

Previously assistant during the disastrous last few months of Niko Kovac's time at the club, he was given the reigns permanently after impressing as club interim. 

Kovac guided the team to a Bundesliga triumph the season prior, but after demoralisingly losing 5-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt, he left the club via mutual consent.

That turned out to be a huge blessing for Bayern. Flick arrived and just a matter of months later, they were treble winners.

For a man who hadn't managed a first-team since his days with Hoffenheim in 2000-2005, this was remarkable.

However, it should come as no surprise to those who have been trailing his career path in Germany.

Flick was Germany's assistant to Joachim Low at the 2008 European Championships and after the manager was sent off in the last 16, he effectively became manager when his national side beat Portugal in the quarter-finals. 

Hansi Flick

Not many would have known it at the time, but this was just the start for a manager who seems to relish the pressure and big games. 

His tenure in Bavaria has so far been faultless, so much so that he's managed a better debut season with a club than Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Zinedine Zidane achieved.

For clarity, this isn't their debut season in football, it's their first year with a particular club. 

We delved through the archives of Transfermarkt's fabulous stats to gain an understanding of the very best out there. So, without further ado, here is the top ten.

10. Carlo Ancelotti - Real Madrid

Ancelotti has had an incredibly successful managerial career, winning league titles and sealing European victories on a regular basis. However, his first season in Madrid in 2013/14 was fabulous. During those 60 games, he won the Copa del Rey and Champions League, but they only managed a third-place finish in La Liga.

Points per game: 2.43

Ancelotti and Cristiano Ronaldo

9. Erik ten Hag - Ajax

This Ajax side was a breath of fresh air to European football when they burst onto the scene. Ten Hag was appointed midway through the 2017/18 season and could only guide them to second in the league. However, in the year that followed his record was near impeccable as he steered them to the Champions League knock-out stages. 

Points per game: 2.44

8. Morten Olsen - Ajax 

It seems a good life managing Ajax. They are, of course, one of the most successful teams in the Netherlands. Olsen was given the reigns in the 1997/98 season and won both the Eredivisie and the KNVB Cup. Impressive work.

Points per game: 2.45

Morten Olsen

7. Guus Hiddink - PSV Eindhoven 

Yet another manager to flourish on Dutch shores, Hiddink's managerial record is very impressive. He has coached Real Madrid, Chelsea, the Netherlands and a host of other nations. However, at PSV the 73-year-old is a legend, managing them to multiple titles during two different spells. He won the league in his debut year in 1987/88, also taking them to a European Cup victory. 

Points per game: 2.46

6. Pep Guardiola - Bayern Munich 

Coaching Bayern isn't exactly a particularly challenging ordeal, providing you have the support of their supporters who expect great success. The Champions League eluded Guardiola in Bavaria but he did enjoy an incredibly successful stint. During his debut season, the Bundesliga side won the league, the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup and the DFB-Pokal. 

Points per game: 2.46

Pep Guardiola

5. Miguel Munoz - Real Madrid

Who is this, I hear you ask? Well, we have to go all the way back to 1960 when Munoz was appointed as Real boss towards the end of the season. However, in the year that followed he won La Liga and then cemented himself as a club legend. He took charge of 604 matches during a 14-year stay at the Bernabeu. It's remarkable to think Munoz doesn't get the recognition he deserves in modern-day football. 

Points per game: 2.47

4. Zinedine Zidane - Real Madrid 

The third Madrid boss on this list, Zidane's record in European competitions is freakishly good - he won the Champions League three years in a row. He took over midway through the 2015/16 season and guided them to a European title, and a Club World Cup triumph. He won La Liga a term later too. 

Points per game: 2.48

Zidane with the Champions League trophy

3. Luis Enrique - Barcelona

Incredible as a player, dominant as a manager. Enrique has achieved pretty much all there is to win in football. During his first year at Camp Nou, the Spaniard won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. Phenomenal.

Points per game: 2.57

2. Andre Villas-Boas - Porto

Where did it all go wrong for the Portuguese? After his debut season with Porto, all the similarities were there with Mourinho. However, as we know, he's not come anywhere near replicating the Tottenham manager's success in the game. He is now coaching Marseille but in his first campaign in Portugal, won a treble that included the Europa League.

Points per game: 2.62


1. Hansi Flick - Bayern Munich 

So here we go. Flick, as you can see, has bettered some of the finest managers to grace the game. His record since taking charge on an interim basis just over a year ago is pretty remarkable. Robert Lewandowski has become one of, if not the best player in the world under his stewardship and after winning the treble, he was named UEFA's manager of the year for 2019/20. Well deserved. 

Points per game: 2.77

Flick and Lewandowski

You may realise that some of the great managers of our time don't feature on this list. Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are nowhere to be seen, while if you're looking for Mourinho's record, he'd come in at number 16 if we extended this list. During his opening campaign with Real Madrid, he won 2.39 points per game.

Let's hope that Flick's career follows in a similar path to the likes of Guardiola and Zidane, not Villas-Boas.

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