Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger maintains the best gauge of a manager's ability is how he maximises the potential of his side.
This weekend, the Gunners travel to the KC Stadium to face fellow FA Cup finalists Hull City and Wenger admits he has been impressed by the "exceptional work" of Tigers manager Steve Bruce.
He also spoke positively of Tony Pulis, who has been touted as a candidate for manager of the season after lifting Crystal Palace from bottom of the Premier League table when he took over in late November to 11th and virtual safety from relegation.
Wenger is well into his 19th year as Gunners boss and during much of that time has had to work within financial constraints in comparison to many of his rivals at the top of the table.
While the north-London club have not won a trophy since 2005 they have qualified for the Champions League in each of the last 16.
"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.
"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."
"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."
Arsenal topped the Premier League table at the start of February but fell out of the title race after picking up just five points in March, a month in which they were also knocked out of the Champions League by holders Bayern Munich.
However, they could end their trophy drought when they face Hull in the FA Cup final next month and have a one-point advantage over Everton in the race to claim the final Champions League qualification spot.
"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."