World Football Coaches on the Move: Merry-Go-Round Predictions for the Summer
The summer transfer window always brings with it a huge amount of speculation and rumour-mongering with regards to movement of players within the football world, but managers know their own jobs are far from secure for the season.
On the other hand, the summer also allows teams to change managers to meet their objectives and for the incoming boss it presents an opportunity to boost their credentials, fight for new trophies and make their mark on the game at a higher level.
One confirmed movement in England at the head coach level has already been confirmed, and this could well trigger a chain reaction or coincide with a real merry-go-round of top managers at other clubs all over Europe.
David Moyes Leaving, Replaced at Everton by Roberto Martinez
Everton are set to finish the Premier League season in England in sixth place, but it won't be enough to secure them European football after Swansea City and Wigan Athletic claimed the domestic cups. They are set to lose their long-serving manager David Moyes as well, meaning the Toffees will have to look for a new boss for the first time in more than 400 league games.
The front-runner for the job and likely a credible replacement is Roberto Martinez, who tasted success in the FA Cup this past week.
Martinez certainly needs to step up the level he is managing at now after years of relegation struggle with Wigan, but is Everton a big enough step up for him? If so, he could be in place in a matter of weeks and planning for another assault on the top six next season.
Alex Ferguson Retiring, with Moyes Confirmed
Alex Ferguson's long career at Manchester United is over, with Everton boss David Moyes confirmed as the man taking his place. Moyes won his final home game at Goodison Park on Sunday, and has one final fixture to work through before taking the reins at Old Trafford.
Everton are already assured of a sixth-place finish in the Premier League this season, but Moyes leaves without a major trophy to his name.
Over at United, the league championship has just been secured for the 20th time, so there will be plenty of expectation for success to continue.
Manchester City Prompted to Bring in Manuel Pellegrini
Just across the city, United's title win has seemingly left Manchester City up in arms at their failure to retain the title, with reports stating that boss Roberto Mancini will be sacked "within days" (via BBC).
The front-runner for the job for next season appears to be current Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini, who has also managed the likes of Villarreal and Real Madrid over in Spain. City won trophies in the past two seasons under Mancini, but poor performance in the Champions League in both of those campaigns along with losing their league title to their main rivals this term, appears to have swung the pendulum toward firing the Italian.
Pellegrini may be the favourite right now—but don't rule out another Italian, Antonio Conte, if he decides to leave Juventus.
...While Chelsea Opt for Jose Mourinho
And a third big change at the top in the Premier League. Chelsea have had Rafael Benitez in place as an interim manager since before the turn of the year, though it was always widely acknowledged that he would be in place only until the end of the season.
Benitez has done his bit, guiding Chelsea to a guaranteed Champions League place for next season, reaching the FA Cup semifinal and the Europa League final as Chelsea seek to end the season with some silverware, but he won't be getting the job on a more permanent basis.
To that end, it seems very probably that Jose Mourinho will be making a return to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Of course, that in turn leaves a rather gaping hole over in Spain...
Real Madrid Pull in Carlo Ancelotti to Replace Mou
...where Mourinho is currently boss of Real Madrid.
It's been a season of nearlys for the side who came into the campaign as the champions of La Liga, finishing second in the title race this season and being knocked out in the semifinals of the Champions League. The Copa del Rey final remains, but it won't be the trophy that Mourinho wanted for this term.
Real will cast their net across Europe to find their next manager, and should look no further than Paris, where Carlo Ancelotti has wrapped up Paris Saint-Germain's first league title win in almost two decades thanks to a spate of big-money signings.
Ancelotti has worked in Italy and England as well as France, but has yet to try his hand in Spain. Departing for Real Madrid leaves another empty seat for a top boss at PSG...
...Leaving Rafa Benitez to Take over at PSG
...and if they are looking for a respected, proven coach with a history of winning trophies, Rafael Benitez will be one of the best bets to take over this summer.
Available with possibly a third European title added to his CV by the time summer roles around and having a background working with some massive European clubs, PSG and likely many other teams will covet Benitez, but the French champions' ability to make a splash in the transfer market will appeal to the Spaniard.
There will be other names in the frame too, of course, one of which might take us full circle if Roberto Mancini is considered.
Time will tell how successful all these teams can be in their first campaign with new bosses in place—but it should certainly make the 2013-14 season even more entertaining to watch the new managers in unfamiliar environments trying to achieve the objectives they have been set, some for the long haul and others for the very short term indeed.