Are Managers The New Trophies?


The manager merry-go-round starts again this summer with the possibility of several ‘top’ managers becoming available to work. Every year there are more and more managerial casualties in the Premier League as clubs are now striving for greater success. This season we saw West Brom, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Liverpool, Swansea, and Norwich all start with new managers and I expect next season there will be a few more. Instead of players being fought over will it be managers this season? Are they the new stars of the club?

This summer I think we will see a change in terms of managers and how they are appointed. At the moment the system is to just talk to each candidate and then employ the one that most suits the club-or if you are Chelsea then anyone who will take the job. I think maybe this time there might be a bidding war for some managers something we rarely see happen. I can just see a few clubs fighting it out for top manager’s and it will start to resemble the transfer pattern we have for players.

I think this will change because I think the difference is this summer it is fairly possible that top clubs such as Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Real Madrid and PSG, will all be looking at new management. I know I’m writing as if I am sure but as it stands at this moment none of these managers are 100% keeping their jobs due to the way their current situations are panning out.

We all know Guardiola is free from June after taking a year sabbatical. He has always expressed his admiration for the Premier League and I think he would most likely take a job in England over the PSG or Real Madrid job. Having turned down Chelsea twice and his agents have stated this week that they were unhappy about the way Chelsea conducted themselves in their approach for Guardiola; I think he will be likely to either end up at Arsenal or Manchester City. Both teams have good odds on him joining.

It was rumoured highly this week that Jose Mourinho will be stepping down from the manger’s spot at Real Madrid due to a slow start. Although not confirmed by the ‘Special One’  it does seem likely that he probably will leave. He hasn’t seemed settled there for a year now. There are many teams if not all that would snap Jose up in an instant. With Sir Fergie speculating how he would like Jose to replace him at Old Trafford: will this be the year that he quits Man United? I can’t ever imagine a Man United or even a Premier League without Fergie but maybe just maybe he will make way for Jose. There is also Chelsea as an option, the fans favourite Mourinho would surely be welcomed back with open arms. I’m not sure Abramovich will swallow his pride on this one, but nonetheless there is still a chance he may return to the bridge. If in the event that Fergie doesn’t step down I think Man City might just win the race for Mourinho.

Arsene Wenger is having an awful season and if this continues and Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champion’s league I cannot see how he will manage to keep his position at the club. The Gunners have 10 wins in 22 and are in the midst of their worst ever start under Wenger and also for 30 years. There are lots of rumours on who could replace Wenger, the 3 that are favourites to take over this job are Guardiola, Klopp and Garde.

Roberto Mancini really seems unsettled and very unhappy this year, Manchester City were the first English club to be knocked out of the Champion’s league on winning none of their games. This is bad for a team that have had nearly £400mil worth of investment. He has also been very volatile arguing with officials, fans, and journalists. There were also the rumours that he has had talks with Monaco which adds more fuel to the rumour that he is leaving. Man City will be wanting a top manager so they will definitely be going for the likes of Guardiola or Mourinho.

Chelsea’s manager situation has been one of the worst and most laughable jokes in the history of the Premier League. They had a Champion’s League and F.A cup winning ex-player as manager who then got sacked for not winning in 8 games. Roman then appoints Rafa Benitez until the end of the season and annoying every Chelsea fan in the process. Who knows who will be the next manager at Chelsea? I think whoever they employ will be a brave person to take on a job of that uncertainty. Maybe Roman would be better off hiring a coach and making all the management decisions himself.

PSG are rumoured to be sacking Carlo Ancelotti at the end of their season. After a huge investment and buying some of the best names in history; PSG aren’t really living up to the standard of football that is now expected of them. Ancelotti is a great manager but I fear he has taken on too much with PSG. They are expecting the same kind of results that Chelsea are. Nothing but the quadruple is enough for PSG and I don’t think they will achieve it this season. They will probably battle it out between other clubs for Guardiola or Mourinho, although they are also very interested in hiring Arsene Wenger too.

So with Guardiola and Mourinho at the top of every club’s wishlist where will these two managers end up? It’s certain that this summer will be an exciting one in managerial changes and I really think we will see a fighting it out situation from all clubs for these two guys. How cool must it be to be a manager of that quality?

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