At this time, numerous qualified coaches are seeking employment. In football, many coaches come and go throughout a season. Many teams will have these ten on their wish lists in the coming months. Here are the top 10 unemployed managerial talent pools.
10. Laurent Blanc
Zidane may face competition for the France position from Laurent Blanc. Blanc has been unemployed since leaving Al-Rayyan, but that was his first managerial setback. He’s 56 and won Ligue 1 with Bordeaux to prove he’s not a cashier. If Blanc is still driven to manage, he won’t be out of action for long.
9. Quique Setién
Betis played like a tiny Barca, so it wasn’t a surprise to see him in the Catalan dugout in January 2020, even though he wasn’t the club’s first choice. He joined the club during a turbulent time and left having made little impact. Setien’s failure to awaken a ramshackle Barcelona with an unhappy Messi doesn’t imply he can’t be a success elsewhere, though many won’t forget the 8-2 thrashing his side took from Bayern Munich.
So he won a trophy. Mauricio Pochettino returned to management last two years after a two-year sabbatical as Tottenham manager. He took on arguably the sport’s most lucrative job. The top Parisian brass lost faith in Pochettino after he failed to make major Champions League progress. Where he throws next will be fascinating.
7. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t been seen in the dugout since he was fired from Manchester United in November 2021. In recent weeks, rumors have circulated that the former striker is about to return to football management.
6. Andre Villas-Boas
Andre Villas-Boas has led some of Europe’s best teams to success throughout his managerial stints at Porto, Chelsea, and Tottenham. After leaving Marseille in February of 2021, however, he is currently employed.
5. Jorge Sampaoli
Sampaoli is unusual in that he is one of the rare European coaches to resign from his team. Before leaving his position at Marseille, where he led the team to a runner-up finish in the previous season despite the club’s lack of support, he had been in charge of the team for the previous two years.
Managerially, Low has spent the vast bulk of his time on the international stage. He was the head coach of the German national football team for 198 games, during which time they won the 2014 World Cup. Nonetheless, Germany’s run was cut short in the round of 16 against England at last year’s Euro, ending his reign.
3. Rafael Benitez
Liverpool and Newcastle fans call Rafael Benitez a football genius. Everton, Real Madrid, and Inter fans say he’s useless. Benitez was once a top coach, but those days feel distant. His Everton performance didn’t help his reputation. That may make him a more driven coach, so he may have one last major task in him.
2. Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane is the top manager candidate for any great club right now. Zidane won everything in two successful periods at Real Madrid, and Manchester United has long been interested. All signs point to him waiting until after the World Cup to commit to another position.
1. Thomas Tuchel
The latest high-profile dismissal is that of Tuchel. Following a disappointing start to the season with Chelsea, the German was released from his contract at Stamford Bridge in early September. Bayern Munich is reportedly interested in hiring him back as a manager, and he has already been connected with a return to the role.