Are the natives getting restless at your club?
Let’s face it, in the fickle world of football, most managers are never more than a bad month away from the sack.
If you’re looking for inspiration for where your club should turn next, you’re in the right place, as the Marathonbet blog looks at the best managers out of work right now…
Football Managers Out Of Work 2020
Out Of Work Managers | The A-Listers
While his time at Borussia Dortmund ended in rather brutal fashion at the turn of last year, Favre remains one of the brightest minds in the game, and his body of work should make him a racing certainty to be interviewed by any ambitious Premier League outfit.
A Favre appointment could have echoes of Ralph Hasenhüttl should he arrive in English football, given the Saints boss was prematurely written by many after his time at RB Leipzig ended on a sour note.
If anything, the Frenchman boasts a better CV than the Southampton boss, with his adventurous tactical style winning both admirers and honours at Zurich and Dortmund.
An enigma. He’s one of the most, decorated bosses in European football. Plenty of big posts have been up for grabs since he left Juventus in May 2019. However, for all his glittering CV, it seems no A-list club has put the emergency call out for Alllegri.
Reports suggest the Italian is more than happy to play the long game as he seeks out a new role, but could he get itchy feet after a lengthy sabbatical?
He’s reportedly been working on his English during his time away from the game, but if he does arrive in the Premier League don’t expect Bielsa levels of intensity week-on-week.
Allegri famously once said ‘tactics are bulls**t’ during his time in Italy.
Unfairly treated or simply unloved? The jury still seems to be out as to whether Sarri deserves top billing amongst the elite after being unceremoniously let go by both Chelsea and Juventus after one-year stints in both job.
Sarri’s tactics remain a source of frustration for some, but his rags-to-riches managerial journey suggests he still has something to offer, even if the biggest names are unlikely to be in for him despite adding some impressive silverware to his CV in recent seasons.
Sarri’s immediate successor is also back on the market after his surprise exit from Chelsea in January.
A poor run of form throughout the winter of 2020/21 put paid to Lampard’s short-lived reign at the club where he made his name, but he’s rumoured to be fired up for a quick return to the dugout when the right opportunity arises.
A mixed picture from his time at both Derby and Chelsea makes it an interesting question as to where Lampard currently sits in the managerial food chain.
Will he wait around on the punditry circuit for another Premier League opportunity, or does he need to get his hands back dirty at Championship level?
He might need a promotion or trophy on his CV if he wants a long-term return to a top end Premier League club.
The 56-year-old fell foul of the powers-that-be at Barca at the start of the year, but given the chaos that has ensued since Valverde left Camp Nou, the Spaniard’s image may have been rehabilitated should any high-profile vacancies arise over the coming months.
With two La Liga titles under his belt plus a track record of success in a foreign country (three titles with Olympiakos), Valverde has a CV he can rightly be proud of, and his good grasp of English ticks a big box for any potential Premier League suitors.
Could an all-time Premier League legend finally be ready for a long-awaited return to these shores?
Viera’s name recognition alone should guarantee he makes the shortlist for any English top flight job that comes available over the next 12 months, although he’s still yet to prove he’s as much a winner in the dugout as he was on the field of play.
A 7th place finish with Nice in his first season in Ligue 1 suggests Viera could have something to offer should any EPL side be willing to take the gamble on a football great who has just suffered his first major setback as a player or coach.
Premier League Firefighters – Current Out Of Work Managers
Premier League panic tends to set in when the autumn nights draw in. As always, there is a decent crop of experienced names waiting by the phone for the right opportunity, as well as a few intriguing names spying a first stint in English football.
This lot for starters…
The Premier League veteran reportedly has his heart set on a return to English football after calling time on an uneventful spell in China.
While Newcastle fans still harbour hopes of a future return to St James’ Park, Benitez is likely to proceed with caution when he makes his next move after a tense working partnership with Mike Ashley during his last spell on these shores.
A move to Celtic has also been touted if the Glaswegian giants decide to hit the reset button this summer after a demoralising campaign – and Benitez’s CV suggests he does have a fondness for clubs with fanatical fanbases.
Sparky has probably run out of chances in the Premier League after his spell as the unlikely saviour of Southampton proved short-lived two years ago.
That said, the Welshman is less uninspiring than his reputation sometimes leads fans to believe. It’s easily forgotten that he did guide Stoke City to a third ninth place finish in a row only just over four years ago. That said, if any team is going to hark back to the ‘old-school British manager’ route to survival, Big Sam looks the better short-term option.
The old adage goes ‘a change is as a good as a rest’. Well, Eddie Howe will have benefitted from both when he finally decides the time is right to make a return to the front line after a bruising end to his time at Bournemouth.
The former Cherries man looked badly in need of a breather after a decade at the helm but will surely be desperate to prove the 2019/20 season was simply a minor blip in an otherwise faultless career to date.
Given Howe struggled in his only spell away from the South Coast with Burnley, expect him to take some time to mull over his next move. It’s a delicate balancing act, though, as too long out could see him left behind when it comes to being linked with top-flight jobs. Exhibit A: Alan Curbishley…
Silva is a diminished figure in English football after his largely disastrous spell at Everton, but there are probably still a few Premier League chairmen who might be willing to take one final punt on the Portuguese manager finally cracking it in the top flight.
The 43-year-old showed enough glimpses of promise at both Hull City and Watford to suggest he may operate best as a big fish in a small pond. However, his brutal tenure at the Toffees might just convince him to steer clear of English football altogether and go for an Andre Villas-Boas-style rehabilitation abroad. Time is still very much on Silva’s side as he looks to the next chapter.
The outstanding leftfield candidate for any club looking to swerve the usual suspects – and still only 46 years old. While a Big Six approach may be a bridge too far at this point, Jardim could be the ideal fit for any side with aspirations on becoming ‘best of the rest’.
The Portuguese boss famously unearthed a crop of exciting young talent on the world when at Monaco.
During his first stint with the club, he led the likes of Kylian Mbappé, Thomas Lemar and Bernardo Silva to a shock Ligue 1 title in 2017 over PSG as well as the semi-final of the Champions League.
While his stock has fallen slightly since that golden generation was picked apart, he’ll now be more than refreshed for a new challenge should an opportunity arise after more than a year out the game.
Given Premier League chairman tend to have a soft spot for exciting young Portuguese managers, Lage could be landing at an English club near you some time in the not-too-distant future.
The 44-year old former Benfica bulldozed his way to the Primeira Liga title in his first year in charge before resigning after coming unstuck in his second season.
51 wins in 76 games is not a record to be sniffed at all things considered, and he was briefly linked with a surprise move to Aston Villa earlier this summer. Expect his name to become a lot more familiar when sacking season begins.
Out-of-Work Managers: Championship Contenders
The Welsh firefighter is back on the market after a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 46-day stint with Sheffield Wednesday.
A behind-the-scenes fall-out saw Pulis make a hasty departure from the Owls before he had a chance to reshape his relegation-threatened squad in the January transfer window.
He may well jump at the chance to prove a point to his former employers at another posting after leaving South Yorkshire with just one win from his 10 matches.
Expect plenty of owners looking at their bottom lines to overlook that ill-fated career move should survival expert Pulis put himself forward for an instant return to the dugout.
The former Huddersfield man flopped spectacularly on his return to native Germany with Schalke; he may fancy rebuilding his reputation when the time is right at a level he knows well.
The Uruguayan still has a point to prove after disappearing off-the-grid somewhat following his time with Sunderland. Poyet has a reputation for being prickly in the boardroom, which may explain his lack of options of late, but has a defined playing style that could reap rewards with the right club. A vacancy has just popped up at his last club in English football. Could he tempted by the prospect of a reunion with the Black Cats?
Could the Championship come calling for Garcia once again to make it third time lucky for the restless Spaniard?
The 47-year-old has certainly covered some hard yards during his management career, with spells in four different countries since his time in England with Brighton and Watford.
He’s still yet to fully convince in one of Europe’s top leagues but does boast title-winning success with Red Bull Salzburg and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
His next move looks a crucial career decision after leaving Celta Vigo earlier this campaign, with the side facing a second successive fight against relegation after Garcia successfully steered them to safety in 2019/20.
Given the list of managers who have failed at Sunderland, it would take a brave man to write off Phil Parkinson from bouncing back quickly in his next role.
Parkinson is one of the Football League’s most consummate operators, managing over 800 EFL games – not bad for a manager who’s still only 53.
Prior to his spell on Wearside, he forged a reputation as a man for a long-term project, exceeding the 100 games mark for no less than four clubs (Colchester, Charlton Athletic, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers).
Few managers can be considered a ‘safe pair of hands’ in the Football League. Parky is one of them.
Will it be third time lucky for the former England international?
So far Campbell has been forced to fight fires for two cash-strapped clubs in the form of Macclesfield Town and Southend Utd, acquitting himself well at both in challenging circumstances.
The former Arsenal and Spurs man probably deserves the chance to take on a more settled outfit, but this being the EFL, he may have to take another rescue job to get back in the dugout if he wants to return before the end of the 2020/21 season.
MARC VAN BOMMEL
The former Dutch international failed to make a mark when handed the reigns at former club PSV in 2018 but may fancy following in compatriot Phillip Cocu’s footsteps by trying his luck in England’s second tier.
He might need to pick more wisely than his former Oranje teammate, who was arguably the right man at the wrong time for the Rams.
While van Bommel failed to meet expectations in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the Eredivisie with the Dutch giants, he did leave the club with a near 60% win record. That may make a few Championship boards sit up and take notice if they want to make a statement appointment.
ROBERTO DI MATTEO
Di Matteo remains something of an enigma as a manager, with the jury still out on just how much input the suave Italian had on Chelsea’s extraordinary run to Champions League glory in 2012, a feat he’s come nowhere close to matching in his managerial outings since.
Di Matteo has been out of the game for over four years now after a farcical spell at Aston Villa and it remains to be seen whether he has the hunger to return for another spell in the dugout.
That said, his successful spell a decade ago with West Brom suggests he can’t be written off entirely as a ‘lucky general’ on the basis of his three-month trophy haul at Chelsea. Many big names have tried and failed at Championship level, but Di Matteo can point to his second-place finish with the Baggies as proof he’s no flash in the pan.
Football Managers Out of Work Right Now*
- Aitor Karanka
- Alex Dyer
- Alex McLeish
- André Villas-Boas
- Billy Davies
- Bruno Labbadia
- Bruno Lage
- Chris Coleman
- Chris Wilder
- David Hopkin
- David Wagner
- Dean Holden
- Derek McInnes
- Eddie Howe
- Ernesto Valverde
- Frank Lampard
- Gary Caldwell
- Garry Monk
- Graham Westley
- Gus Poyet
- Harry Kewell
- Ian Holloway
- Jason Tindall
- Jim McIntyre
- John McGreal
- Jürgen Klinsmann
- Kenny Jackett
- Leonardo Jardim
- Lucien Favre
- Luciano Spalletti
- Marco Silva
- Mark Cooper
- Mark Hughes
- Martin Allen
- Massimiliano Allegri
- Maurizio Sarri
- Micky Adams
- Neal Ardley
- Neil Harris
- Neil Lennon
- Nigel Worthington
- Oscar Garcia
- Patrick Viera
- Paul Clement
- Paul Dickov
- Paul Lambert
- Paul Peschisolido
- Peter Bosz
- Phil Brown
- Phil Parkinson
- Phillip Cocu
- Philippe Montanier
- Quique Sánchez Flores
- Quique Setién
- Rafa Benitez
- Richard Money
- Richie Wellens
- Robert Di Matteo
- Ronnie Moore
- Sean O’Driscoll
- Sol Campbell
- Steven Pressley
- Stuart Kettlewell
- Stuart McCall
- Tony Pulis
- Vincenzo Montella
- Vladimir Ivic
- Walter Mazzarri
*List correct at time of writing but subject to continual change.
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