Top coaches of the Hyundai A-League

This week we countdown the top ten managers in Hyundai A-League history.

We take a look at the top ten managers the Hyundai A-League has seen in the short history of the competition.

10. Miron Bleiberg

The inaugural coach of Gold Coast United inherited an owner who was used to immediate success in Queensland-s richest man, Clive Palmer, and Bleiberg faced a tough challenge delivering that success with an expansion club.

So many quality players were already signed to other clubs but the experienced Bleiberg landed a coup when he brought Jason Culina back to Australia and Qantas Socceroos defender Michael Thwaite to the club, and the immediate results followed.

Renowned like previous Bleiberg sides from Queensland Roar back to his time coaching the Brisbane/Queensland Lions in the Queensland Premier League, Gold Coast United played an attacking style and adapted to many different formations under Bleiberg, depending how badly they needed to score goals.

Somewhat of an attacking manager, Bleiberg frequently achieved results throughout his tenure at Gold Coast and if this list was based on fashion or quotable quotes he would be at the top, working now as a media analyst, his insights into matches are often entertaining as well as accurate.

9. John Kosmina

‘Kossie- as he is better known has certainly found his niche as the head coach at Adelaide United, because things at Sydney FC certainly didn-t work out for him, but as far as coaches in the history of the Hyundai A-League go, he is hardly a lone ranger there, part of a long list of managers who have fallen by the wayside in the harbour city.

But in Adelaide he has pretty much tasted success whenever he has been there helping the club to the finals twice in his tenure and claiming the Premier-s Plate once, but failing to win any Grand Finals.

Tasked with re-building the team after Rini Coolen was removed from the head coach position, Kosmina wasn-t able to help the Reds catch fire and make the finals but he has managed to help them be an influence in Asia as they head towards what is hopefully their second AFC Champions League final.

While his sides aren-t always renowned for playing the most beautiful styles, Kosmina does bring a method of inspiration to his teams and the players seem to want to play for him.

His fiery nature off the pitch has also seen him in trouble with authorities at times, but there is no denying the member of the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame has had plenty of success as a coach with more to come.

The views in this article are those of the author and not Football Federation Australia