Firing Squad: Monaco's Ranieri, Barcelona's Martino Facing Uncertain Summer
Over the past few weeks, we’ve used this space to highlight managers facing uncertain summers at their current clubs.
With the European football calendar about to wrap up, it’s unlikely that we’ll see coaching changes between now and the end of the season, although a handful of under-fire managers will no doubt be facing the sack as soon as the final ball is kicked.
The next five slides will rank those managers in Europe’s top five leagues who could well be cleaning out their offices in a month’s time.
5. Walter Mazzarri, Inter Milan
Don’t look now, but Inter Milan—once in contention for a Champions League place—could be about to drop out of Europe altogether.
Sunday’s derby defeat to AC Milan left the Nerazzurri just three points clear of both the eighth-place Rossoneri and seventh-place Parma with three matches to play. Given their current form, there’s no guarantee they’ll be able to beat either Lazio or Chievo before the end of the season.
Manager Walter Mazzarri, who arrived from Napoli last summer, is feeling the heat. He was supposed to get this Inter side into the Champions League for the 2014-15 campaign.
4. Francis Gillot, Bordeaux
Bordeaux can finish no higher than sixth this season, which means they’re poised to miss out on European football for 2014-15.
However, that’s not why manager Francis Gillot finds himself fighting for his job.
Real Madrid assistant Zinedine Zidane is reportedly a managerial target for Bordeaux, as per Inside Spanish Football. If the 1998 World Cup winner makes himself available, it’s inconceivable that Les Girondins wouldn’t at least approach him.
3. Claudio Ranieri, AS Monaco
Another potential destination for Zidane is AS Monaco.
Goal.com has reported the Frenchman could be set for talks with the Ligue 1 giants.
That would leave incumbent manager Claudio Ranieri without a job, despite the fact the 62-year-old guided his side to a second-place finish this season.
2. Tim Sherwood, Tottenham Hotspur
Tim Sherwood looks certain to exit Tottenham Hotspur in the next few weeks, with the Mirror reporting one of Frank de Boer and Mauricio Pochettino could replace him.
Spurs have often looked erratic under Sherwood, as exemplified by their 2-0 defeat to West Ham last weekend.
At present, they’re in a Europa League position, but a loss to Aston Villa combined with a Manchester United win at Southampton would see them drop out of the Premier League’s European places.
1. Tata Martino, Barcelona
It seemed unlikely for so long a time, but Barcelona could still win La Liga this season.
With two matches to play, the Catalan giants are just two points back of leaders Atletico Madrid, who they’ll host on the final day of the schedule.
Win or lose, it’s likely manager Tata Martino will exit Camp Nou.
The 51-year-old has been criticised for allowing Barcelona to stagnate under his watch, and the opportunity could be taken to make considerable changes at the club over the next few months.