So it’s turning into something of a vintage season in the Premier League - a three-way title fight, declining empires, a tactical shift towards possession football and more sackings than the North Korean hairdressing industry.
While the touchline style may not have been quite up to the same standard, it seems a good time to assess which managers have stood out in the sartorial stakes and which need to hold their baseball-capped heads in shame.
Yes, they’ve probably got enough to worry about picking up points and the like, without being analysed by us on how well they dress before they leave the house, but considering how much time we have to spend watching them patrol the touchline, we say it’s fair to hold them to a little sartorial scrutiny. So here goes:
Not a big risk-taker perhaps, but the dapper Everton manager likes to keep his wardrobe choices as neat and tidy as his team’s passing game. On matchday, you won’t catch this man in a club-issue nylon training top. A relentless innovator and football student, he understands the importance of setting the standard in the top job and it’s for his consistency and attention to detail that the ever-likeable Spaniard takes the title.
In his first stint at Chelsea, Mourinho set the style bar high, becoming a benchmark in coaching style. While he’s older, and perhaps isn’t trying as hard as he once did, the 51-year-old Portuguese still manages to stand high above the majority.
A surprisingly high position for the relagation-embattled motormouth, but his smart-casual touchline attire has been consistently solid in a wealthy-drug-baron-a- weekend-function kind of way. Not so keen on the monogrammed G.P. on his personalised snood however.
Not a natural clothes horse maybe, but the under-fire Scot has at least attempted to maintain a consistently smart and workable outfit - with ever-present under cardie - for the high-profile hot-seat at United. Definitely an improvement on the previous Old Trafford incumbent.
As with his team's results, it’s been highs and lows from the Spurs manager. Having flirted with smart suits and scruffy tracksuits, he appears to have settled on his own hybrid of the two – at the same time.
The Spaniard has had his moments but safety is his main priority. And that's reflected in his wardrobe choices.
Some fairly solid showings from the Northern-Irishman on the style front this season have been undone by the occasional aberration like this wannabe gangster black shirt and tie combo that made him look like doorstaff at an out-of-town nightclub.
The taciturn Welshman has one look – a decent enough grey suit with white shirt and club tie. Just short of mid-table respectability.
Big Sam is a hard shape to cut a suit for but the chunky pinstripes and kipper ties he’s always been fond of probably isn’t the answer.
The Villa manager has attempted to smarten up his act this year but the outcome has been as disappointing as his team’s points tally.
Having gone from player to manager after being promoted to replace the always dapper Michael Laudrup it’s perhaps understandable that Monk still dresses like he’s about to go on the pitch.