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.

Aitor Karanka
Alex McLeish
Andrea Pirlo
André Villas-Boas
Andriy Shevchenko
Antonio Conte
Billy Davies
Bruno Labbadia
Chris Beech
Chris Coleman
Chris Hughton
Chris Wilder
Derek McInnes
Diego Martínez
Eddie Howe
Ernesto Valverde
Eusebio Di Francesco
Fabio Cannavaro
Frank De Boer
Frank Lampard
Gary Caldwell
Garry Monk
Gennaro Gattuso
Giuseppe Iachini
Graham Westley
Gus Poyet
Heiko Herrlich
Hernán Crespo
Ian Holloway
Jaap Stam
Javi Gracia
Jim McIntyre
John Hughes
Jonathan Woodgate
Jürgen Klinsmann
Lucien Favre
Luiz Felipe Scolari
Mark Hughes
Mark van Bommel
Marko Nikolić
Martin Allen
Michael Flynn
Mick McCarthy
Micky Adams
Neil Harris
Neil Lennon
Nigel Adkins
Nigel Worthington
Nuno Espírito Santo
Paco López
Paul Clement
Paul Dickov
Paul Lambert
Paul Peschisolido
Paulo Fonseca
Phil Brown
Phillip Cocu
Quique Setién
Raphael Wicky
Richard Money
Roberto Di Matteo
Ronald Koeman
Ronnie Moore
Roy Hodgson
Rudi Garcia
Sabri Lamouchi
Sam Allardyce
Sean O’Driscoll
Sol Campbell
Steve Bruce
Stuart Kettlewell
Stuart McCall
Tony Pulis
Uwe Rösler
Vincenzo Montella
Vladimir Ivić
Walter Mazzarri
Xisco Muñoz
Zinedine Zidane


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.


I believe Ole Gunner Solksjaer should also be among the talking point because his job at United to me has a 50-50 chance of maintaining that position as manager having those other managers too may fall in to replace him if possible


Would the other managers be any better though? The problem is there are no outstanding candidates available right now and maybe best to replace him come January when they can get someone else. Conte is now gone so who is left? There is no one who can take this role on right now that is suitable.


Ok let's see till then if Man united may replace or still retain him


Wow! I am sure they don't qualify to get a welfare check 😁, I hope their unemployment goes smooth. I didn't know Zidane was not currently "working"...


Guardiola was quality at Barca-his first senior coaching job- and we referred to him as quality even before he left for Bayern.

I don't see why Zidane should be viewed any less,he has even done more than Pep with the incredible Champions league victories. How do you beat that?
O yes, it's easier to find great managers today as so many are out there waiting to be emoloyed.

My post alluded to that,please enjoy:


I disagree when looking at the list of unemployed managers as there is little quality amongst them. If you owned a team you would struggle trying to find a decent candidate from what is available. Zidane hasn't proved anything yet as he inherited a brilliant team and wherever he goes next he will have to show what he has.


Antonio Conte(is quality[now he's employed]),Lius Enrique and Roberto Mantinez are quality(a great offer will pull them out). Allegri and Sarri just left the unemployed list, Pochettino just left too.
I repeat today or better put these days,it is easier to find quality coaches. Benitez of Everton was out of job for quite a while(and that's a Real Madrid calibre coach). Lius Van Gaal had to retire because he couldn't keep waiting. Van Gaal will keep a good English club at the very least in the top 5.
So in these past about 3 to 4 years till today, there are no scarcity of great coaches. Where is Ralf Rangnick? That's a Guardiola level coach,who coached Leipzig(absolutely top level) but 'unemployed'. He is the godfather of gegenpressing,Jurgen Klopp calls him, "one of the best, if not the best German coach,". He is a super coach, but today as no coaching job is available he is doing a job in Russia, as the Managing Director of Sports and Development for Lokomotive Moscow.

On Zidane,I told you Pep was quality before he left for Bayern and he had quality players in Barca too.

Zidane has trophies no coach has,if you think it is by happenstance, I'm sorry that's your opinion.
For me I have studied his playing style (which a lot of folks don't understand,so they rubbish it) and I see he is a genius of a coach,he has nothing else to prove. You can take that as my opinion.

Thanks for going over to my page to help out.


He has finally been welcomed to Spurs and that's another Manager to make EPL more difficult this season. I don't know why, there's a feeling somewhere that he could be the first manager lift the ECL trophy in victory.


Conte has experience in England, it is not an unfamiliar style of soccer for him. I think it would have been better to manage United, but I am convinced he will do an excellent job with Tottenham.


I'm not really excited about this tbh. Spurs management and Levi have a very bad history with the coaches. They want instant success.