The Merry Go Round
It looks as though it is the make or break time for many clubs in the English Premiership as managers are starting to be sacked. two weeks ago we saw Steve Bruce depart Newcastle and now Nuno being fired today from Tottenham.
The pool of decent managers that are available is not a big one however and is a risk if you leave things too late as the cupboards could be empty. 3 managers names have been doing the rounds for the last few weeks namely Zidane, Conte and Ten Haag.
Tottenham by firing Nuno have admitted that Conte was at the top of their list before they signed Nuno. What is it with these cubs not waiting for their preferred candidate as the clubs are in a bigger mess than when they were before. From all reports Conte is now ready to come to Tottenham so if Newcastle lure one of the other two that only leaves one candidate left for anyone else to snap up.
What fascinates me is the manager pool looks to be rather thin as in the past the same names used to appear on a regular basis after failing yet they still found work quick enough. many you could classify as serial failures or like a boxer being a journeyman never going to amount to much.
Out of the three I would classify Zidane as the weakest of the trio as he hasn't really earned his stripes. Retiring from playing for Real Madrid and then taking over the club as manager was not really a tester for his skills. Just because you were a big name playing football doesn't mean you will succeed as a manager as there are different skills required.
One has to just look around in any sport today and see who the top teams are and who is coaching /managing them and they were not necessarily great players of that particular sport.
The list of managers unemployed right now is quite alarming as many are household names for those that watch the Premiership. Some are ex players who I had no idea were even involved in management. I can understand now why the likes of Zidane have been mentioned as there is literally no one with any real pedigree amongst this group. Eddie Howe did a great job with Bournemouth on a next to nothing budget so he does stand out and wouldn't be shocked if he landed a role very soon.
Eusebio Di Francesco
Frank De Boer
Luiz Felipe Scolari
Mark van Bommel
Nuno Espírito Santo
Roberto Di Matteo
Certain managers on this list will be picked up come January or February as they are more specialist in keeping sides up when it comes to a relegation fight. Roy Hodgson , Tony Pulis ,Sam Allardyce and Ian Holloway no doubt will be talked about in a few months time when clubs start panicking thinking of survival.
The merry go round has started though and expect to see a few managers lose their jobs over the next few months. I have no clue if they are replaced that the results will change as there is very little quality left in the unemployed basket. If clubs are going to make a drastic change they need to hurry up as there are slim pickings on offer. Tottenham reacted very fast and grabbed Conte so already that basket has one less decent manger available.