Big-Time World Football Managers Who Won't Be Coaching Next Season
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In the up-and-down world of modern football management, you are only ever one game away from the dreaded chairman’s vote of confidence that is then followed by the inevitable parting of the ways. This makes the profession, at times, such a lucrative but unstable occupation.
And if the old adage of “you are only as good as your last result” really does hang true in Planet Football these days, then there will be a fair few coaches out there over the course of the closing weeks of the season wondering if a P45 may soon be arriving through the post.
However, not all trainers are given the boot, with some simply deciding that enough is enough as they call it day, while others, like ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, opt for sabbaticals in order to refresh the batteries. Then there are those who just cannot find a role that fits their profile.
So, here are five big-name managers who will not be in the dugout as of next season.
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Current job: Bayern Munich manager
Reason for not coaching next season: retirement
There have been conflicting reports of late as to whether or not the Bayern Munich head coach will be calling it a day come the end of this season after all.
The veteran German trainer announced his decision to quit football at the turn of the year following the Bavarian giants’ shock capture of former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, who will take over from Heynckes this summer.
Heynckes, of course, has just guided the Germans to a record-breaking Bundesliga title, while Bayern are also on course to record the best-ever season in their history with a possible treble on the table if they are also successful in both the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League and the German Cup final.
But, unless a club of Munich’s stature come calling at the end of the campaign, then it remains more than likely that this season will be Heynckes’ last after what has been an illustrious and highly successful 34-year managerial career.
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Current job: FC Barcelona manager
Reason for not coaching next season: health
The Barca coach has only just returned to his duties at Camp Nou following an enforced absence at the back end of last year while he received treatment for throat cancer in New York, although he is still considered too weak to be able to attend the daily rigours of press conferences.
No one at the Catalan club knows just yet what the future holds for Vilanova, although club president Sandro Rosell has stated that, health permitting, he will remain in charge of Barcelona next season.
But there also remains the very distinct possibility that once all the dust has settled on this campaign, in the cold light of day, Vilanova may very well decide with his family to call it quits come the summer and dedicate all his focus and energies on his more important off-the-field battle.
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Current job: Everton manager
Reason for not coaching next season: sabbatical
At present, the in-demand Toffees trainer has not put pen to paper on the new contract that chairman Bill Kenwright put on his desk at the start of the year, wanting instead to both keep all his options open, while also seeing how the Merseysiders finished this season.
Moyes, who has always operated on a one-year rolling contract at Goodison Park of late, has been attracting the attentions of a whole host of big-name suitors recently as his side continue to punch massively above their weight in the Premier League.
But, that elusive "top-four" job has still not come his way, and with that looking to continue this summer, and with Everton also likely to just miss out on the race for next season’s UEFA Champions League, there is the very strong possibility that the Scot will spend next campaign taking a break from the game in the form of a reported sabbatical.
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Current job: interim Chelsea manager
Reason for not coaching next season: no suitable clubs available
It is an open secret in the Premier League that Benitez’s short-lived and ill-fated spell as the interim coach of Chelsea will come to an end on May 19, whatever the Spaniard manages to achieve between now and then, including him winning each of the West London club’s possible 10 remaining fixtures this season.
That would leave the 53-year-old former Valencia, Liverpool and Inter Milan trainer in exactly the same situation that he found himself for the two years prior to his shock appointment at Stamford Bridge last November, in the footballing wilderness trying to secure an eye-catching role with a top-level club.
And you get the feeling that after this latest coaching disaster with the Blues, "Rafa the Gaffer" may be about to spend another two-year period on the managerial scrapheap.
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Current job: Queens Park Rangers manager
Reason for not coaching next season: retirement
The veteran manager looked drained and utterly deflated following QPR’s recent 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road, and one gets the feeling that when the West Londoners’ relegation to the Championship is finally confirmed, one of the great characters of the recent English game may just decide that enough is enough.
Redknapp was deeply hurt by the way in which he was treated by previous employers Tottenham Hotspur, who did not renew his contract at White Hart Lane last summer despite a series of impressive top-flight finishes under his management.
Compounding that pain, The Football Association had earlier chosen Roy Hodgson to be Fabio Capello’s successor as England coach rather than Redknapp, who most (including him) had expected to be given the role.
And so, given all the stresses and strains of the past 12 months, it is more than likely that ‘Arry will call it a day this summer and retire with his wife, Sandra, and the dogs down to Sandbanks for an easier life.