Monday, July 18, 2011

Alignment Chart of Football Managers

How to Read This Chart

In most alignment charts, the left-right axis is lawful-chaotic, and the up-down axis is good-evil.  In this chart, these axes are instead assigned descriptors of coaching styles.  A coach to the left (lawful) emphasizes collective play and formations, while a coach to the right (chaotic) focuses on individual contributions and players.  A coach in the top row (good) believes in idealistic football; the beautiful game is for expression as much as competition.  At the bottom of the chart (evil), we have the pragmatic coaches, whose only concern is to win.  Below the chart is a more detailed analysis of each coaching style.

Finally, I'd like to note that I decided to restrict myself to well-known coaches that are active, or have been active recently.

Lawful Good - Arsène Wenger - The Conductor
"I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art."

The principles of good football govern Arsène Wenger's every decision.  During his fifteen-year tenure at the helm of Arsenal, he has infused the squad with a youthful, attacking mentality.  Also, Wenger strongly emphasizes the collective: none of his players are treated as irreplaceable.  Any player (except perhaps Cesc Fabregas) unhappy with his part to play is sold, usually at a profit, and replaced with an up-and-comer from the Arsenal F.C. Academy.  Critics argue that Wenger is losing good players and the team is in a constant state of transition.  It has been a while since the club has won a trophy, but through this drought the team has remained a dangerous side of unselfish young talent.