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David Moyes, Neil Lennon and 20 Managers Who Could Be at New Clubs This Summer

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2014

David Moyes, Neil Lennon and 20 Managers Who Could Be at New Clubs This Summer

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    Summer is often a time of change at major football clubs. Though transfers are the main item on the agenda, switches in coaching staff are also a common theme.

    Whether as a result of having been recently fired from a previous job, wanting to test themselves on a bigger stage or simply because they have done a good job at their current post and new clubs require their services, there are a number of managers around the world who might be eyeing up a new job over the coming weeks.

    Here are 20 names from around the game who could be looking at taking over a new group of players in the summer.

David Moyes

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    David Moyes, of course, was fired from his job at Manchester United just a few short weeks ago.

    Despite a disastrous season for the club and the boss personally, there seems little doubt he will walk back into another Premier League job fairly easily.

    A decade at Everton beforehand showed his ability to contend in the top flight—the United job was simply a step or two too far.

Neil Lennon

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    Neil Lennon has departed from his position at Celtic manager, as per BBC Sport, seemingly citing concerns over the amount of money he would have to spend this summer as a particular issue.

    The Northern Irishman has been linked with plenty of jobs south of the border already and will not be likely to have to wait too long before an offer comes up.

    Promising Champions League campaigns featuring victories over the likes of Barcelona will have boosted his reputation.

Mauricio Pochettino

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    Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has won plenty of admirers in the Premier League for his fine manner of football and introduction of youngsters into the side.

    He also built himself a good reputation in Spain with the initial progress of his Espanyol side.

    Pochettino has been linked with the likes of Spurs, who are yet to announce their new coach.

Zinedine Zidane

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    Real Madrid assistant coach Zinedine Zidane has not yet struck out on his own in the world of football management, but this could be the summer we finally see the legendary player do just that.

    Bordeaux have been linked with a move to bring in the World Cup winner this summer.

    Having been perhaps the best player in the world at his peak, all eyes will be on Zidane to see if he can make the same impact as a manager.

Malky Mackay

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    Cardiff City opted to replace Malky Mackay during the 2013-14 Premier League season, with the side just outside the relegation zon.

    Things didn't exactly go to plan, with new boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer unable to prevent relegation.

    Mackay left with his reputation somewhat intact with the general feeling being that the ownership of the club was at the root of many of the problems—he'll likely pick up another top flight job fairly handily, or perhaps with one of the sides who were just relegated. As a former player, Norwich City appears to be a possibility.

Claudio Ranieri

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    AS Monaco's rise back toward the top of French domestic football has been led by Claudio Ranieri.

    The Italian boss brought them back up from Ligue 2 last summer and, with the help of some expensive signings, took Monaco straight into the top two of Ligue 1 this season.

    Champions League football will follow, but it will not be Ranieri who leads the club after he left the French side at the end of the campaign. A proven top mind in the game in Italy and England already, he'll have no shortage of takers for his services.

Gianfranco Zola

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    Gianfranco Zola made a fair fist of his time at West Ham United and then almost led Watford to promotion to the Premier League last summer, before the wheels came off his project this season.

    He left the club in December and has been out of work since then, but as an up-and-coming boss who had a fantastic reputation as a player, there seems little doubt he'll be handed at least another chance in England.

    Zola is frequently linked with jobs for clubs who hope to achieve promotion to the top flight, so he could dive into another project this summer.

Pepe Mel

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    Pepe Mel left Real Betis during the season before taking up a post at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

    It was never quite a comfortable fit in the short time he remained at the club, with the Baggies just about doing enough to avoid the drop in the end.

    Unsurprisingly, Mel and WBA parted company soon after the end of the season. You can almost guarantee that his next job will be back in La Liga.

Tata Martino

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    Tata Martino might be ending the season empty handed, but his reputation and knowledge of the game in Europe will be enhanced after a season leading Barcelona.

    Having coached some of the best players in world football this season and doubtless learnt a lot about handing the media in a high-profile job, he'll be eager to get back to another role soon and show he is capable of cutting it at a big club in Europe.

    Who will offer him his next job is anybody's guess—Celta Vigo need a new coach...

Massimiliano Allegri

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    Mass Allegri had an absolute 'mare of a campaign with AC Milan, being sacked in January with the Italian giants mid-table in Serie A, but it shouldn't be forgotten he was a championship winner with the side.

    Allegri won the league in 2011 and led Milan to second and third before 2013-14's collapse.

    Having also previously managed Sassuolo and Cagliari, he's not short of experience. The Serie A manager merry-go-round is notoriously busy and it likely won't be long before he's offered another shot elsewhere.

Remi Garde

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    Former Lyon manager Remi Garde only left his post at the end of this season, citing a need to recover mentally and spend more time with his family.

    The Ligue 1 club had offered Garde a new contract, but he turned it down despite helping Lyon overcome a slow start to the season to finish in fifth position.

    Garde is a free agent, and though he might want time at home for now, a new project and interesting offer—financially or sporting—can work wonders toward rejuvenating a tired mind.

Chris Hughton

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    Chris Hughton endured a tough season at Norwich City before being fired late on in the campaign—too late to save the club from relegation.

    Hughton earned the Norwich job on the back of some good work at Birmingham City so should presumably fetch an offer or two from the Championship against fairly quickly, but he'll likely have to get back to the Premier League by being promoted, rather than another job offer.

Steve Clarke

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    Steve Clarke left his post at West Bromwich Albion midway through the campaign, which led to the aforementioned Pepe Mel eventually taking over.

    Clarke has a great reputation as a coach and assistant within the English game, having worked at the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool in his career, but the Baggies job was his first as a manager in his own right.

    The general assessment seemed to be he had not done badly—especially in an impressive first season—and it's a fair bet that he'll receive another offer sooner or later. It might take the right kind of club and project to tempt him, but Clarke should be back in the business before others on this list.

Martin Jol

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    Martin Jol is an experienced Dutch coach who won't be overly concerned about his dismissal from Fulham this season—the club was an absolute mess and their relegation was no great surprise.

    Having worked with plenty of clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga and Eredivisie, Jol has a huge reputation and could probably walk into any lower-half-of-the-table job he wanted.

    Whether he waits for something a little bigger to get his teeth into is another consideration entirely.

Murat Yakin

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    Over to mainland Europe again now, where one of the more intriguing young managers left his job at the end of this season.

    Murat Yakin was a commanding central defender for club and country, and has now proven his ability on the managerial stage with FC Basel in his home nation of Switzerland.

    He won the league with Basel in both of his seasons in charge, but ended his stay with the club in May. Yakin was a target of Tottenham Hotspur when they sacked Andre Villas-Boas earlier in the season, and it remains to be seen whether they look toward him once more as they look to replace Tim Sherwood.

Luciano Spalletti

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    Luciano Spalletti had more than four years at Russian Premier League club Zenit St Petersburg, before being sacked earlier this season.

    Formerly a manager in Italy with the likes of AS Roma and Udinese, Spalletti has plenty of experience in the game and won two league titles in Russia to go with his Coppa Italia double at Roma.

    Although not frequently a manager linked with big-name club vacancies, Spalletti will likely head back to his home country for a new challenge and was linked with the AC Milan job earlier this year.

Paolo Di Canio

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    Paolo Di Canio saw his short spell at Sunderland ended early this season after a poor beginning to the campaign, following a busy summer of many incoming transfer deals.

    Having only previously managed in the lower leagues of England with Swindon Town, it remains to be seen whether Di Canio is given another high profile appointment. Clearly, that is where he feels he belongs—he claimed, as per the Guardian, that he was "too good" for the Black Cats.

    He'll be after another opportunity to prove his managerial skills actually match his soundbites...though no Premier League clubs appear to be in a hurry to reel him in at present.

Michael Laudrup

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    Michael Laudrup has impressed at the likes of Getafe and, initially, Swansea City, but is yet to enjoy sustained success at any club in his managerial career.

    Noted for his possession football and willingness to attack with style, Laudrup won the League Cup with Swansea and a league title with Brondby when he started out in Denmark.

    He has previously been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, though seems certain to have to lower his sights a little for now.

Gennaro Gattuso

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    Gennaro Gattuso's managerial career has barely gotten underway, but he's already been fired twice.

    The former midfield hard man will be hoping for a longer stay at a club when he finds a new employer, having lasted just a few months at Sion in Switzerland and then at Palermo in his home country.

    Gattuso is a World Cup winner who played for AC Milan for over a decade during his career.

Diego Simeone?

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    We'll have to wait and see on this one, but should Diego Simeone win the Champions League this weekend, what more could he realistically hope to achieve at Atletico Madrid?

    Neither the most well-supported side nor a massive spender, Simeone has taken them from relegation strugglers to winners of almost everything in barely a couple of seasons.

    Copa del Rey, Super Cup, the Europa League, La Liga last Saturday and potentially the Champions League this coming one—Simeone could decide to depart from his phenomenally successful Atleti side this summer and look for a bigger job elsewhere, simply because he's already won everything there is to win with his current employers.

     

     

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