The biggest out-of-work names on the managerial merry-go-round

The Serie A title hoarder, a Premier League survival specialist and some of the most sought-after head coaches in Europe… as clubs prepare to swing the end-of-season axe, here’s the best out-of-work bosses hunting for new roles

  • A number of managers who have worked at the top level are now unemployed 
  • The likes of Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino are currently available 
  • Also among those unemployed are coaches with plenty of European experience
  • There are also survival specialists and younger bosses with potential free 
  • Sportsmail takes a look at 10 bosses all on the hunt for openings

The managerial merry-go-round is a truly vicious ride.

A host of bosses are on the hunt for new roles and the end of the season brings yet more uncertainty as nervy owners choose to pull the trigger and ring the changes. 

Serial title winners, relegation survival specialists and masters of European qualification; a number of talented names are without a home. All of them will be more than capable of steering round a sinking ship, and transforming an ailing club’s fortunes.

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the biggest figures available for work… 

A number of successful managers will be actively searching for new challenges this summer – former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is available

The likes of Mauricio Pochettino (pictured) is also out of work since he left Tottenham

MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI

The 51-year-old was most recently in charge of Juventus. He led the Turin giants to five straight Serie A titles, four Italian Cups and two Champions League finals before he was axed after five years.

But despite the formidable trophy haul, his departure was greeted with a fairly muted response. Many supporters were undeniably grateful for his achievements, but were also critical of his team’s pragmatic style of play. His tendency to fall short on the European stage also disappointed.

However, a knack of collecting silverware has unsurprisingly attracted interest from several elite clubs. Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United (before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned things round) and Borussia Dortmund have all been linked with hiring him, but he still remains without a new project. 

Allegri led Juventus to five league titles and two Champions League finals before being sacked

MAURICIO POCHETTINO

The reaction from Tottenham’s fan base when Pochettino was spotted wearing a club t-shirt revealed the connection between them remains. His sacking last November raised more than a few eyebrows but the inescapable fact is that Tottenham were plummeting into turmoil, and fast. 

Pochettino memorably led Spurs to the 2019 Champions League final but lost to Liverpool. They won’t be at the top table next term after missing the top four and the decline under the 48-year-old before Jose Mourinho replaced him has undeniably played a huge part in this.  

But Pochettino’s stock remains incredibly high. He had transformed Tottenham into a free-flowing and attractive unit, and helped them on the next step to regularly challenging for trophies. His efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, with Juventus, Manchester United (before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned things round) and even Newcastle all touted to move in for him.

Pochettino remains close with Tottenham supporters after his dismissal in November

ERNESTO VALVERDE

Barcelona remain gripped in crisis after losing the league to rivals Real Madrid. The sacking of Valverde was meant to be the catalyst behind a revival, but Quique Setien has also been unable to save them.

Despite clinching two consecutive LaLiga titles, as well as the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup, Valverde’s departure was greeted with a largely positive response. Deep-rooted anger inside the fanbase was centred around the failures in the Champions League following shock capitulations against Roma in 2018 and Liverpool last year.

The defeat by Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final in January sealed his fate, but he understandably remains an attractive proposition for clubs seeking a new manager. It is believed he is among the candidates in the frame to take over at Valencia this summer, with radio station Onda Cero claiming he has since been house hunting in the city.

Ernesto Valverde is linked with the Valencia job after steering Barcelona to two league titles

MARCO SILVA

It was the Merseyside derby which proved to be Silva’s undoing. The manner of Everton’s 5-2 defeat, in which the Portuguese looked crestfallen and deflated on the touchline, had rendered his position untenable.

The club statement which followed came as no surprise. Silva was dismissed midway through the three-year contract he was given, with Everton languishing in the drop zone after eight defeats from 11 league games.

Farhad Moshiri was reluctant to pull the trigger after wrestling with Watford, at the cost of £4m, to hire him. But Silva had reached breaking point, and is still on the lookout for his first role since. Onda Deportiva, a TV show in Spain, suggest he too is among the candidates to take over at Valencia next season.

Everton’s heavy loss to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby proved to be Marco Silva’s undoing

LUCIANO SPALLETTI

The 61-year-old Spalletti was perhaps unlucky to lose his most recent job at Inter Milan. Spalletti was at the helm of the San Siro outfit between 2017 and 2019, and enjoyed a flying start to his first campaign in charge. After his first 16 games, Inter were unbeaten and sat at the top of the table. The rest of their season slightly unravelled, however, they did still finish in the top four.

A final-day shootout with Lazio secured them Champions League football at Spalletti’s first time of asking – the first time the club had achieved the feat in six years. He also steered them into the same competition in his second campaign, but was dismissed and replaced by Antonio Conte.   

Spalletti has been linked to the Florentina job, as well as AC Milan and Newcastle – and he has reportedly been taking English lessons ahead of up his next role.

Luciano Spalletti led Inter Milan twice into the Champions League but was surprisingly axed

MARCELINO

It was sensationally claimed by Marcelino himself that his Valencia sacking in September came as a result of his team winning the Copa del Rey last season. He insisted that, because he had focused on a supposedly less important competition over Champions League qualification, he was controversially shown the exit door. 

The memorable win against Barcelona in the final quickly became mired in shock after the highly-regarded tactician was dismissed following the reported disagreement with owner Peter Lim. 

Having guided Valencia to back-to-back fourth-place finishes in LaLiga, an overachievement considering the team’s past turmoil, many clubs are keeping an eye on his situation. He had monitored the vacancy at Arsenal after Unai Emery’s sacking, with both Watford and Everton also holding an interest in him in the past. 

Marcelino sensationally claimed he had been fired at Valencia for winning the Copa del Rey

SAM ALLARDYCE

After Newcastle came calling in July last year, Allardyce surprisingly turned down the role. Perhaps he viewed it as a poisoned chalice, but the 65-year-old’s most recent foray into management came with Everton in 2018.  He guided them to an eighth-place finish, but attracted criticism from irate fans over the poor football on display. He was sacked after six months in charge.

The Dudley-born tactician previously left Newcastle and West Ham in almost identical circumstances. He holds a tendency to be hired, lead a club to a safe position in the table, but then is removed in favour of a long-term approach or desire for more attractive performances.   

His departure from Crystal Palace in May 2017 led to him announcing he had no intention of looking for another role, and this was mistakenly believed to be a retirement announcement. He has more recently been linked with Watford and Burnley.

Sam Allardyce’s tenure at Everton proved divisive after a string of underwhelming showings

NIGEL PEARSON

The club statement from Watford confirming the sacking of Pearson shocked the football world. The 56-year-old was brought in to help salvage the season and, at the time of his removal, they were lying outside the bottom three. There had been a notable upturn in results, including a surprise 3-0 win against eventual champions Liverpool. 

It later transpired that a row with owner Gino Pozzo proved to be the final nail in his coffin, just two games from the end of the season. His rumoured temper may be a black mark against his record, but he had been on course to achieve the objective set out for him. The Hornets lost to Man City and Arsenal in their final two games and will be playing Championship football next term.

It is difficult to answer where he may find himself next. His reputation as a short-term specialist in avoiding relegation may land him a role at another top-flight crisis club but his preference appears to be a long-term set-up where he can create a strong dressing-room atmosphere.

Watford surprisingly pulled the trigger on Nigel Pearson with just two games of the season left

DANNY COWLEY

The Huddersfield board have also been accused of harbouring the same kind of impatience shown at Watford recently. Cowley, and his brother Nicky, were ruthlessly removed from their roles by owner Phil Hodgkinson despite steering the club to safety.

It has been reported that the Cowleys will now take a break from football after the shock culling, and are said to be disappointed they were unable to build on the promising start to their tenure. There have even been suggestions the pair believed they would be axed, but chose to focus on the survival bid due to the devastating effect relegation from the Championship would have had on the club. 

Huddersfield beat promotion hopefuls West Brom to ensure their status in the second tier, underlining the good work undertaken by the coaching duo after they replaced Jan Siewert in September. 

Danny Cowley and his brother Nicky was removed from their roles at Huddersfield last week

CHRIS COLEMAN

When asked about his horror tenure at Sunderland, Coleman did not mince his words. ‘It was a hell of a mess and the atmosphere was awful,’ he said, perfectly surmising the situation laid bare for all to see in the gripping Netflix documentary later released.

His most recent role in charge of Hebei China Fortune ended in similar disappointment, with Coleman axed after they fell into the relegation zone and won one game out of nine.

But he is clearly still a coach with ambition, and proved his abilities in the technical area after steering Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals. ‘My dreams and desires are still to manage abroad,’ he admitted last month, and he has since been listed by bookmakers as having a remote chance of landing the jobs at Watford and Bristol City.

Chris Coleman revealed he is hoping for another role abroad after leaving Hebei China Fortune




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