Recently appointed in charge of Bordeaux in France, former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is enjoying a good start to his Ligue 1 career, winning four of his first five games.

Turning around what was becoming a very difficult season for the French club, the 50-year-old was invited to speak with RMC Sport, where he was asked who his managerial idol was.

Whether the Chelsea connection had anything to do with it, we don’t know, but the man at the top of his list isn’t Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, but Manchester United’s José Mourinho.

He explained, relayed by Goal France“He’s the number one. He’s different to everybody. You can prefer Guardiola over him, but both are at the top. In football, you can’t decide to play football like Guardiola or Mourinho. 

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“It has to come from you. Who you are. You have to then convince the players, and he’s done it everywhere. In Spain, In England, in Italy, at Manchester United now. I really like him”.

Considering where Manchester City are in the Premier League, boasting a 16 point lead over José Mourinho’s Manchester United, few will agree with this, and only time will tell who will end up being ranked higher in football’s managerial hall of fame.

All we know now is who Gus Poyet will be rooting for during the next Manchester derby.