10 Managers on the Rise Who Will Land Bigger Jobs in 2013
2013 promises to be a very interesting year on the managerial merry-go-round, with huge names such as Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho possibly moving to new clubs.
There's also a breed of promising bosses ready to take a step up to prove themselves at a higher level. We've taken a look at 10 coaches whose careers are on the rise and will land bigger jobs in 2013.
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Against all the odds, Roberto Martinez has kept Wigan in the Premier League since joining the club in 2009. If he repeats the trick this season, perhaps this will be the summer that Martinez moves on to bigger and better things.
Having pulled off a miraculous recovery to keep Wigan in the EPL last season, Martinez was linked with the likes of Aston Villa, Liverpool and Tottenham during the summer. Having drawn up the blueprint for the possession-based brand of football at Swansea, Martinez has continued to produce entertaining sides at Wigan, despite working with a much smaller budget than pretty much all of his fellow Premier League managers.
How long will mere survival continue to inspire Martinez though? Eventually he has to take the step up and as a Spaniard who is one of the most highly rated coaches in the Premier League, he will have more clubs monitoring his progress than most.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Another young manager who was linked with the Aston Villa job in the summer was the former Manchester United poacher Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Having taken over as the reserve team manager at Old Trafford in 2008, Solskjaer impressed sufficiently in the role to be offered the chance to manager Norway in 2010, which he declined on the basis that he was not yet experienced enough.
Instead, Solskjaer took over the reins at his former club Molde where he has since won two Norwegian titles. It is surely only a matter of time before the Baby-Faced Assassin makes a return to English football as a manager.
The hottest manager in the Eastern Bloc is the Belarusian Viktor Goncharenko. He has led BATE Borisov to five Belarus Premier League titles and in 2008 became the youngest manager, at 31, to ever take his side to the group stages of the Champions League.
This season’s Champions League campaign saw Goncharenko’s BATE team beat Bayern Munich during the group stages, before finishing third to qualify for the Europa League. It would be no surprise if Goncharenko was handed a bigger job in Eastern Europe; he has previously been linked with a move to CSKA Moscow.
Luis Garcia Plaza
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A coach that is currently impressing in La Liga is Getafe's Luis Garcia Plaza. After being forced to retire from playing at just 28, Luis Garcia began his coaching career in the lower echelons of the Spanish amateur game.
Having risen up the ranks, Plaza found himself in charge of Levante, with whom he got promoted and won the Miguel Munoz Trophy for being the top coach in the second tier of Spanish football.
Plaza's success at Levante earned him a move to Getafe in 2011, when he managed a respectable mid-table finish in his first season in charge. Getafe are currently in the top half of La Liga as we approach the halfway stage of the season and are a good bet to challenge for a Europa League slot; if that is achieved, that would surely see Plaza in contention for a bigger job in Spain.
One of the most promising young coaches in Germany right now is the 39-year-old Thomas Tuchel of Mainz 05.
It's fair to say that Tuchel hit the ground running when he first began his senior coaching career in 2010 after a successful spell as a youth coach at Mainz. Having taken charge of the first team, just after Mainz were promoted to the Bundesliga, Tuchel won five of his first seven games in charge, including a victory over Bayern Munich.
Mainz 05 finished fifth in that debut season, before a respectable 13th-placed finish that saw Tuchel avoid the "second-season syndrome" that often dogs promoted sides. Mainz are currently sixth in the Bundesliga and only four points away from a possible Champions League spot.
Frank de Boer
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The Ajax coach Frank de Boer is already a wanted man early on in his managerial career, with Spartak Moscow having recently failed in an attempt to poach the former Dutch international.
Since taking charge of Ajax in 2012, de Boer has won back-to-back Eredivisie titles. He reportedly rejected an approach from Liverpool last summer and his name has been mentioned as a future manager of Barcelona, where de Boer spent many years as a player.
Ajax are currently embroiled in a tight race to win a third successive title and if they were to succeed, then perhaps it would be the right time for de Boer to embrace another challenge.
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It was somewhat inevitable that Diego Simeone would return to manage Atletico Madrid one day, having spent two spells their as a player.
Having won the Argentine title with both Estudiantes and River Plate before saving Catania from relegation from Serie A in Italy, Simeone eventually came back to the Calderon and has proved to be a great success.
Simeone has led Atletico to a Europa League win and a UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea. The club are now flying high in second place in La Liga and could finish above their city rivals Real Madrid for the first time since they won the league in 1996.
Juan Ignacio Martinez
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Another hot manager in La Liga is Levante's Juan Ignacio Martinez. He took charge of the club in 2011 and embarked on an unbeaten streak at the beginning of the season that saw the minnows top La Liga and beat the eventual champions Real Madrid.
Levante eventually finished sixth and qualified for the Europa League. They are currently in the same position in La Liga, just four points away from a Champions League spot. If Juan Ignacio Martinez overachieves at Levante again, then surely the bigger clubs in Spain will start to covet him.
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A legend at AS Roma, Vincenzo Montella started his managerial career at the club, when he was appointed caretaker in 2011, only to be released when new American owners decided to appoint Luis Enrique.
Montella impressed enough to be given a job at Catania, whom he successfully coached to an 11th-placed finish, ahead of local rivals Palermo for the first time in eight years. After one season in Sicily he left to join Fiorentina and at the halfway stage of his debut season in Florence, the Viola are in third place and battling for a Champions League spot.
Roma must surely wish they'd shown more faith in one of their favourite sons, and few would bet against the former Italy international returning to the capital before long.
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Sami Mokbel of The Daily Mail has reported that Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is the next in line to take over at Stamford Bridge, should Pep Guardiola turn down the chance to become Chelsea manager.
It’s not difficult to see why and one imagines that Chelsea could face competition for Klopp’s services from some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Having spent his entire playing career at Mainz 05, Klopp was appointed manager in 2001 and guided them to the Bundesliga for the first time in the club’s history, before achieving qualification for the UEFA Cup.
Taking charge at Dortmund in 2008, Klopp has established himself as one of the world’s top coaches. He has won successive Bundesliga titles, breaking the record for the highest number points last season, as the club won their first domestic double. Now Dortmund are honing in on the Champions League, after stylishly winning a Group of Death that included Real Madrid and Manchester City.