Which Premier League manager would make the best Santa? We count down the top 6

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Which Premier League football manager would make the best Father Christmas?

What's certain is they'll need jolliness, generosity and one cracker of a crudely-photoshopped picture.

Let's do this.

6. Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe as Santa
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The ever-friendly Bournemouth manager makes it into the top six. He may not have a belly like a bowl full of jelly or the age to be a wise Saint Nick just yet but we think given time Eddie will be a Champions League Santa.

...to be clear, Eddie this doesn't mean we think you're going to get fat.

5. Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino as Saint Nick
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Maybe it's just the scrappy beard, but we think Pochettino is the Santa the parents love - the one who's not going to let the brandy and the mince pie go to waste.

Always worth a laugh, and with a candy Kane to boot, Spurs' Santa Poch makes the top five.

4. Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola as Santa
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In Spain, Kris Kringle is known as Papa Noel, but we think Pep Noel is more appropriate - because of puns.

The trendy Manchester City man's style of play is all about possession, which he proved can mean absolutely nothing in their 4-2 defeat to Leicester the other week - and isn't receiving some meaningless possession what Christmas is really all about?

Zing. Also, Santa doesn't wear trainers, let's move on.

3. Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman
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Koeman very, very nearly made the top two. The Dutch Sinterklaas is good on paper, with a kind manner and even a rosy tint to his cheeks.

The Everton man probably suits the Santa outfit best, but sadly he's been let down by a tweet he posted earlier this month.

Oh Ronald. Toffees fans were not happy with the controversially red colour of his tree.

It's too late to rectify this festive fail Ronald. And where's the blue?

2. Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp with Santa beard and hat
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That's right the Weihnachtsmann takes silver. Yes, that is how you say Santa Claus in Germany and it is terrifying, but Liverpool's Santa Jurgen certainly isn't.

The friendly man from Stuttgart is fun, cheery and as open to giving his best "ho-ho-ho" as anyone, just take a look at him back at Borussia Dortmund.

But that's not just why Klopp is top. After Wayne Rooney was caught drinking on England duty this year, Klopp showed his support by regaling a press conference with a tale from his time at Mainz - when he was pictured out drinking by the press.

"Nobody saw me because I had a mask," said Klopp. "It was Santa Claus."

A charitable act from a Red to a man connected with Manchester United and Everton - and a confession to boot! But Jurgen Klaus still doesn't nick the top spot...

1. Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri in Santa gear
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You knew it was coming, the Italian Babbo Natale takes the gold. This time last season the jolly Leicester manager said: "I hope to be Father Christmas. I am very happy that the fans are happy this Christmas Day."

Father Christmas he was, delivering on the promise of being top at Christmas before bagging the most unlikely Premier League title ever.

Plus who can forget Ranieri's promise of pizza for Leicester gaining a clean sheet?

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What says merry Christmas better than pizza?

From Santa Claudio and all the Premier League Santas - merry Christmas one and all!

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