Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger maintains maximising the potential of a team is always the best way to judge a manager.
Wenger takes his side to fellow FA Cup finalists Hull on Easter Sunday, and has been impressed by the "exceptional work" of Steve Bruce as well as Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace, who has been touted as a candidate for League Managers' Association Manager of the Season after guiding the Eagles to top-flight safety from what had looked certain relegation.
The 64-year-old French coach recently took charge of his 1,000th match in charge of Arsenal, and feels the relative achievements of every one of the top flight's 20 head coaches must be weighed up.
"I believe the real job of a manager is to take the best out of the potential of the team," said Wenger, whose side moved back up into the top four with a 3-1 win over West Ham on Tuesday night.
Who could be the next Arsenal manager?
Who could be the next Arsenal manager?
1/10 Jurgen Klopp
Having led Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final during his time in charge of the German side, Klopp is considered one of the most exciting managers in football. His successes have been achieved despite his club being in the financial shadow of Bayern Munich and achieved with a style of football pleasing to the eye. The 46-year-old has been at Dortmund since 2008 and could conceivably be tempted to leave.
2/10 Roberto Mancini
His time at Manchester City ended with an acrimonious departure and FA Cup final defeat. However, that shouldn't overshadow the fact he delivered a Premier League title and FA Cup during his spell at the Etihad. The Italian is now at Galatasaray where he steered the club through a Champions League group containing Juventus and Real Madrid before exiting to Chelsea.
3/10 Roberto Martinez
Perhaps the most ideal fit to replace Wenger would be the current Everton manager. With a limited budget Martinez managed to keep Wigan in the Premier League year after year and also brought them an FA Cup triumph. Despite handling players of limited ability, the Spaniard managed to get the Latics playing pretty football. With a better squad at his disposal at Everton, Martinez has seamlessly taken over from David Moyes and has Everton competing at the right end of the table.
4/10 Dragan Stojkovic
Wenger has named Stojkovic as an ideal replacement having worked with him in Japan at Nagoya Grampus. The Serbian continues to work at the Japanese club and has a philosophy identical to that of Wenger. Would be something of a leftfield choice - much like Wenger was when he arrived.
5/10 Louis Van Gaal
The current manager of the Netherlands will leave the national side after this summer's World Cup. The former boss of Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich has made no secret of his desire to manage in the Premier League and has been most readily linked with Tottenham. With seven league titles to his name and a Champions League medal from his time with Ajax, there's no doubting the 62-year-old's credentials.
6/10 Mauricio Pochettino
After replacing Nigel Adkins as manager of Southampton, few knew much about the Argentinean. But in the year-and-a-bit since, he's managed to turn the south coast club from relegation contenders to an expansive side with ambition. Blessed with an array of young talents at St Mary's, Pochettino appears to have utilised them to their potential with five Saints in the last England squad.
7/10 Michael Laudrup
While he might have been unceremoniously dumped by Swansea by text message, the Dane showed he has the potential to not just be remembered for being a great player. In his time in south Wales he delivered the first major trophy in the club's history through the League Cup and had the side playing an exciting brand of football.
8/10 Dennis Bergkamp
With a statue already outside the stadium, Bergkamp would risk tainting his legendary status if he were to return as manager. Despite insisting he wouldn't go into management after his retirement in 2006, the Dutchman has been slowly moving up the coaching ranks at Ajax and is currently the assistant to Frank De Boer. Would be a risk - but would certainly be popular with fans.
9/10 Fabio Capello
An impeccable record at club level was somewhat tainted on these shores by a difficult time in charge of England. Putting failures with the Three Lions aside, the Italian won seven league titles covering three different teams, plus the Champions League during his spell at AC Milan. The authoritarian is currently managing Russia who he guided to this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
10/10 Rafael Benitez
For whatever reason, the Spaniard has never been particularly popular among fans - aside from supporters of Liverpool. Delivering the Champions League against all-odds while at Anfield was the highlight of a hugely successful managerial career in which he also won two La Liga titles with Valencia and the Europa League with Chelsea. Now at Napoli, Benitez has the Italian team on course for Champions League qualification.
"The easy way is always to choose the guy who wins the (Premier) League (as manager of the season), but it is not always him who has done the best job - the real job is to take the best out of the potential of the team and certainly they (Bruce and Pulis) are candidates."
Wenger, who has yet to sign a contract extension, added: "I am not in the best position to judge my own work publicly.
"I just promise you one thing, I always sit down and try to be as honest as I can be with myself.
"The only thing I can say is that I put total commitment in from the first until the last day of the season and I will."
A lot has been made as to what exactly would constitute a success for Arsenal this season, with the club on the verge of securing what would be a first trophy since 2005 and also now back in the driving seat for Champions League qualification after Palace's unexpected victory at Everton on Tuesday night.
"I think we have moved a lot forward, considering what happened to us with a number of injuries we had in a crucial period of the season," Wenger said.
"We were 17 or 18 times top of the league, that did not happen last year, we are in the FA Cup final, we went out only against Bayern Munich in the Champions League with 10 men and we had come out of a very difficult Champions League group.
"I believe that we have shown some real potential and promise for the future."
Wenger believes his squad deserve great credit for coming out of what was a tough period after a string of poor performances again saw their character called into question.
"What is satisfying for me is that we do as well as we can until the end of the season, that you can turn and think 'this team has behaved really like a top-level professional team', with all the ups and the downs," he said.
"Because that is what you want from your team, to feel that the team has given as much as they could. After that, you leave the judgement to other people.
"We want to come out of the season and think we have given absolutely everything, and I must say this team has been absolutely focused since the start of the season.
"We had our downs, and big downs for some periods, but the behaviour was always focused."