Top football managers without a job this season
5) Laurent Blanc
The former Manchester United defender had a successful time with Bordeaux winning 4 titles in just under 3 years. His fine period with the French side convinced the French Football to give Blanc the national team job. It was a crucial decision considering the manner in which France’s journey in Africa had ended. Blanc guided Les Bleus to the quarterfinal and resigned thereafter. He was snapped up by PSG to replace the departed Carlo Ancelloti and gave the Paris based club a real direction in terms of their philosophy and style of play. However, he could only guide PSG to the quarterfinals in the Champions league which ultimately cost him his job. He was linked with the Chelsea job before the Blues appointed Maurizio Sarri. It will be interesting to see where Blanc now ends up.
4) Ralph Hasenhüttl
Hasenhuttl is relatively unknown but has strong credentials. He did a fine job with Inglostadt guiding the German club to the Bundesliga top division. After finishing 11th, he decided to pursue bigger things and took the job at RB Leipzig. Against all odds, Leipzig challenged the mighty Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title ending in the second position. Last season was not up to the mark but that was not the reason behind Hasenhuttl’s departure. He and Leipzig could not agree on a long-term contract and thus Hasenhuttl had to leave the club. The German tactician is one of the more renowned managers in football and was even linked with the Bayern job. It is only a matter of time before another exciting project ends up at Hasenhuttl’s desk.
3) Antonio Conte
The Italian’s impending exit was finally confirmed at the start of the pre-season. Without a doubt, Conte had done a magnificent job with Chelsea leading the Blues from a lowly 10th position to the winners in his first season at the club. His 3-4-3 became hard to discern for opposition clubs and deserves credit for setting the tone for the 3 mandefence in the premier league. However, in his second season, his public criticism of Chelsea’s transfer policy and some fallouts with the boards and senior players ultimately cost him his job. He leaves Chelsea though having further enhanced his reputation as a top man for the job.
2) Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger finally announced his departure from Arsenal last season as he brought curtains on what had been a fantastic 22 years at the helm. He is credited with having revolutionized everything around the club from facility, training grounds to the Emirates Stadium. Wenger deserves utmost credit for keeping Arsenal competitive and playing the beautiful football despite big name departures just about every season since 2006. His legacy remains untarnished despite Arsenal’s struggles during his final years at the club. He has been linked with several top jobs and a man like Wenger who lives for the game would not likely be away from it for long.
1) Zinedine Zidane
Having overseen a third consecutive Champions league title win with Real Madrid, it came as a huge surprise when Zizou announced his departure from the club. His first major job has been overly successful and it’s unlikely he can ever outdo his own record. Moreover, he has proven that he is an equally good man-manager having dealt with star players like Bale, Kroos, Ronaldo and Modric. It is not surprising that Modric, Marcelo and the now departed Ronaldo have all looked to leave Real since their star manager’s departure.