The Top 5 Managers In World Football Currently Without A Job

The Top 5 Managers In World Football Currently Without A Job
Nov 14, 2016


Managing in football isn’t for the faint-hearted, and under the pressure of the fans some managers find it hard to cope, and ultimately leave their post as manager. In other cases, the blame for teams performing badly can be laid on the manager, resulting in them being released from their post as manager by the board. So here are 5 managers who are currently jobless.

5) Sam Allardyce

The former Newcastle, Sunderland and West Ham manager became the England coach on the 22nd July of this year, however, after only two months as coach, he became the subject of corruption allegations centered around Allardyce allegedly telling journalists how to avoid FA regulations when it came to third-party ownership of players. This resulted in Allardyce leaving his post as England manager by mutual consent on September 27th, leaving him as a free agent. Allardyce’s vast Premier League experience should definitely appeal to clubs in need of a manager in the near future, and I personally can’t see him remaining without a job for too long.


4) Louis Van Gaal

The Dutchman has a celebrated career spanning over many leagues, and there’re not many challenges he hasn’t stepped up to, having won three Eredivisie titles with Ajax, to having won two league titles and one Copa Del Rey in his three-year tenure as Barcelona manager. After leaving his post as Barcelona manager due to disagreements with the board, he became manager of the Dutch national team, however after failing to qualify for the 2002 World Cup he resigned. He later managed both AZ and Bayern Munich before yet again taking over the Netherlands post. He enjoyed greater success in his second attempt as Dutch manager, reaching the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup, before tumbling out of the tournament following a penalty shootout loss to Argentina. Van Gaal chose his next destination, the Premier League, with Manchester United. He arrived with a positive reputation following his great success with his former clubs, however, he failed to live up to the fans and the board’s expectations and was sacked by the club, two days after winning the FA Cup.


3) Roberto Mancini

The Italian enjoyed a 20 year career as a player before becoming a manager, earning 62 caps in total for both the Italian u21’s and senior team, while also playing for the likes of Lazio and Sampdoria, where he won the Serie A twice in total, as well as winning two UEFA Cup Winners Cups. His managerial post was as Fiorentina manager in the 2000-01 season, where he won the Coppa Italia in his first season, he later won the Serie A three times with Inter Milan before moving to the Premier League to become Manchester City manager, where he famously won the league on the last day of the 2011-12 season. He also won an FA Cup and a Community Shield, but was later sacked by the club after failing to win the league in the 2012-13 season, an expectation that the board wished to be fulfilled. He hasn’t enjoyed as much success in his previous two managerial posts, leaving Turkish giants Galatasaray after one year in charge, before recently leaving his post as Inter manager following an unsuccessful return to the Italian club.

2) Marcelino

Marcelino García Toral, known simply as Marcelino in his playing days, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, and a current manager. He had quite a short playing career in comparison to most players, only lasting 11 years. The Spaniard had a great start to his managerial career, leading Racing Santander to a record sixth place finish in 2007-08 season of La Liga, qualifying for the UEFA Cup in the process. However, next year he returned to the second division, joining Real Zaragoza, with the objective of promotion, which he achieved. He rejected a job offer from Valencia CF and later became the highest paid manager in Spain, earning £2.4m per year. His most recent success came as manager of Villarreal; where he achieved three top six finishes, including a fourth place finish. He also reached the Semi Finals of the Europa League in the 2015-16 season. However, with only a few days to go until the start of the 2016-17 season, Marcelino was relieved of his duties following differences in ideologies with the board of directors.

1) Marcelo Bielsa

The Argentinian began his managerial career at Newell’s Old Boys, a club he played for in the past. He enjoyed great success at the club, and moved on to manage three more Argentinian clubs before becoming manager of the national team in 1998. He failed to reach the knockout stages of the 2002 World Cup but was given the chance to lead Argentina to major success, and retained his position as manager. He took the team to the finals of the 2004 Copa America, where he lost out to Brazil in the final, before masterminding Argentina to their first Olympic Gold Medal in 52 years. He then became manager of the Chilean national team, where among other success, he led Chile to their first ever win over Argentina in an official match. He moved back to club football and took Athletic Bilbao to a Europa League Final before leaving the club the following season after a disappointing 12th place finish in La Liga. However, Bielsa carries the nicknames ‘El Loco’ and ‘Loco Bielsa’ which translate to ‘Madman Bielsa’ this is due to his wreckless attitude, having left Marseille after just one game in the 2014-15 season, before leaving his post as Lazio manager after just two days earlier this year.


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