10 Clubs That Will Get New Managers This Summer
With the 2012/2013 season drawing towards a close, but still with plenty to play for, this summer is shaping up to be one of change across Europe for many sides.
Whether or not the pair eventually make the biggest splash in the coaching transfer market in the coming months, there are a number of sides who will have to find themselves a new coach.
Here are 10 of the biggest clubs that will be taking applicants this summer.
Last summer, things were going swimmingly for Roberto Di Matteo. The Italian was appointed caretaker coach in March following the exit of Andre Villas-Boas and guided the Blues to sixth place in the league and an FA Cup and Champions League double.
That success led to his appointment as permanent manager in June, but that was where the honeymoon ended.
Former Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez replaced Di Matteo in November. The Italian was axed following some poor league results and Chelsea being on the brink of becoming the first Champions league holders to exit the competition at the group stage.
They did become the first team to do so, and with the Stamford Bridge-based club struggling in third place in the league, Roman Abramovich acted by controversially appointing Benitez until the end of the season.
Chelsea are currently in fourth place, in a three-way battle for third place with Arsenal and Tottenham, and have reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.
However, the Spaniard remains unpopular with Chelsea fans and with domestic success now impossible following the recent FA Cup exit to Manchester City, the pressure will be on for Chelsea’s next coach.
Czech coach Zdenek Zeman, in his second spell at the club, was replaced as Roma coach by Aurelio Andreazzoli in February with the team languishing in eighth place in Serie A.
Now up to sixth but vying with Lazio for the last European qualification spot for now, one of Italy’s two capital clubs will be an extremely attractive proposition for any potential coaches this summer.
Though ageing, veteran captain and Eternal City icon Francesco Totti remains at the club and the team boast talents such as Erik Lamela, Daniele De Rossi and Miralem Pjanic also make up a talented but underachieving squad.
Into the Bundesliga and Jens Keller, who replaced Huub Stevens in December, will not be kept on past the end of this season.
A 3-1 defeat to Freiburg was enough to signal the end of the Dutchman’s time at the Veltins Arena. Stevens oversaw the start of a poor run of form that saw Schalke undo all the hard work from the start of the season in a run of two points from six matches.
Though they did impress in the Champions League, topping their group to reach the last 16 so expectations will be high.
Currently in fourth under Keller but only one point ahead of Freiburg in the race for European qualification, Schalke’s talented squad including star Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will be an enticing prospect for the Royal Blues’ next coach.
Ernesto Valverde was brought in until the end of the season when Argentine Mauricio Pellegrino was axed after just 21 games.
The former Valencia and Liverpool player left Los Che sitting in 12th, seven points behind fourth-placed Real Betis at the time. A 5-2 home defeat to Real Sociedad was the final straw.
Now up to sixth, but four points behind fourth and only two points ahead of Betis in the last European berth, it remains to be seen ether Valencia will play European football next season.
Despite their financial troubles, the Spaniards are an attractive team and will have no shortage of applicants come the summer.
Dick Advocaat is expected to step down as PSV’s boss at the end of the season, despite the fact that the Dutch side are still in with a chance of winning the title.
The former Russia and Zenit St Petersburg coach replaced caretaker boss Phillip Cocu at the end of last season.
But Cocu is now expected to take over in the summer having gained the necessary experience to now lead the side on a full-time basis.
Steve McClaren was replaced by Michel Jansen on a temporary after the former England coach resigned his position at the start of 2013.
The Englishman’s second spell at the club where he won their first Eredivisie title in 2010 went sour. He left after spells at Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest in-between stints in Enschede.
Club owner Joop Munsterman has been biding his time to find a suitable replacement, with former Netherlands international coach Bert van Marwijk top of his wish list.
In France, Rene Girard will part with defending champions Montpellier at the end of the season.
President Louis Nicollin confirmed in March that no new contract would be forthcoming for coach Girard. Since then Loulou has briefly flirted with the possibility of appointing the charismatic Argentine Diego Maradona as Girard's successor.
After leading La Paillade to the most unexpected of title successes in 2012, it was always going to be a tough task for Girard to replicate that success this time around.
Montpellier endured a miserable Champions League campaign, massively out of their depth at times and have been off the pace in the league this season.
They are now making a late fight for a European qualification position, currently in seventh place but the losses of Olivier Giroud and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in the last year have impacted on the club massively.
There will be no shortage of applicants, but France has a dearth of genuine quality coaches available at present, former MHSC player Laurent Blanc could be a good fit if Champions League qualification is obtained.
That's unlikely, though.
Valeriy Karpin has been caretaker coach since Unai Emery left the club in November of last year. Since then, Frank de Boer has rejected the chance to join the Russians and no permanent coach has been named.
Spartak are up into fourth place in the league, a UEFA Europa League qualification position, but are some way off a title challenge. Karpin’s last reign ended in disaster, so it is unlikely he will take up the position again permanently.
The club’s wealthy status, though, will ensure that a good candidate is snared come the summer.
Samet Aybaba was appointed as Besiktas coach in June 2012, but he was not exactly first-choice. He certainly won’t be coaching them past the end of the season.
The Black Eagles are currently fourth and struggling, not likely to finish the season in a European qualification position and Aybaba has already announced his decision to join Banka Asya club Menemenspor for next season.
The man who replaced Tayfur Havutcu at the club is a less than popular figure in Istanbul, and the 13-time domestic champions will be searching for a new coach in the summer.
Finally, in Greece, giants Panathinaikos are enduring a torrid campaign. Currently in seventh position, the 20-time domestic champions (as recently as 2010) are currently led by Giannis Vonortas.
The Greek, in his first coaching position, replaced former Racing Santander coach Fabri at the end of March, with the Greens struggling to even secure a European qualification position.
The Greek club's hot seat will still be a highly sought-after position come the summer, though.