Firing Squad: Arsenal's Wenger, Inter's Mazzarri Facing Uncertain Summers
Over the past few weeks, we've used this space to highlight managers facing uncertain summers at their current clubs.
Manchester United, in sacking David Moyes on Monday, couldn't wait that long. However, with the schedules of Europe's top five leagues reaching their conclusions, it's likely most of his colleagues will be given a few more matches before their inevitable boardroom interviews.
The next five slides will rank those managers who could well be cleaning out their offices in a month's time.
5. Arsene Wenger, Arsenal
Presently fourth in the Premier League, Arsenal are just a single point above Everton in the standings heading into their final three matches.
They'll also contest the FA Cup final next month.
If they lose at Wembley—and extend their trophy drought another year—manager Arsene Wenger could be facing some difficult questions at the Emirates Stadium.
Naturally, it's hard to imagine Arsenal without their long-time manager, but Wenger is out of contract in the summer. Perhaps he, himself, will be looking for a change of scenery ahead of next season.
4. Laurent Blanc, Paris Saint-Germain
It's hard to imagine, but a club that could well secure a domestic double may be looking for a new manager come the end of May.
In early April, Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani claimed there were "certain things" that needed to be "done differently" at the Ligue 1 champions, as per ESPN FC. Plus, the club's capitulation against Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final hardly won manager Laurent Blanc any additional fans in the French capital.
There was always the assumption Blanc was a sort of stop-gap manager at PSG, and if Arsene Wenger suddenly became available, it would hardly be a surprise if the moneybags outfit took a serious run at the Arsenal boss.
3. Walter Mazzarri, Inter Milan
Walter Mazzarri received the dreaded vote of confidence from the Inter Milan president Wednesday when Erick Thohir said the club’s present manager would "have next year as well to build a team," according to ESPN FC.
Presently fifth in Serie A and 12 points adrift of the Champions League places, Inter face yet another season outside Europe's top club competition, despite the fact that they had zero continental obligations in the current campaign.
A post-Christmas tailspin has left the Nerazzurri battling merely for Europa League football, and already former manager Roberto Mancini has been linked with a return to the San Siro, as per FourFourTwo.
2. Tata Martino, Barcelona
Barcelona's Copa del Rey defeat to Real Madrid only piled additional pressure on manager Tata Martino, who also saw his side crash out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage.
The Catalans must now retain La Liga in order to claim a trophy this season, and even if they do, it's likely Martino will be shown the door in May.
The Argentine has already lost the dressing room at Camp Nou, according to Marca, and the suspension of the club's transfer ban will have got the higher-ups thinking about a manager who could oversee the vast changes they'll no doubt be planning in the coming weeks.
1. Tim Sherwood, Tottenham Hotspur
With three matches remaining, it would seem as though Tottenham Hotspur are locked into sixth place in the Premier League—a finish that will, in all likelihood, spell the end for manager Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane.
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris on Wednesday conceded it "would be difficult to do worse" than his side have done this season, as per ESPN FC, and Sherwood will likely pay the price next month.
Louis van Gaal had been widely expected to take over the club following the World Cup. However, the Dutchman has now emerged as the top candidate to fill the vacancy at Old Trafford after David Moyes' departure, as per The Independent.
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