Who is the best coach of all time? A network-based assessment of the career performance of professional sports coaches

  title={Who is the best coach of all time? A network-based assessment of the career performance of professional sports coaches},
  author={Sirag Erkol and Filippo Radicchi},
  journal={J. Complex Networks},
We consider two large datasets consisting of all games played among top-tier European soccer clubs in the last 60 years, and among professional American basketball teams in the past 70 years. We leverage game data to build networks of pairwise interactions between the head coaches of the teams, and measure their career performance in terms of network centrality metrics. We identify Arsene Wenger, Sir Alex Ferguson, Jupp Heynckes, Carlo Ancelotti, and Jose Mourinho as the top 5 European soccer… 
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