Three English gaffers bidding to return to the managerial arenaby Jack Kitson / 11 August 2015, 10:05Tweet
The 2015/16 football season only kicked-off a few days ago, but there are sure to be a few out-of-work gaffers hoping for some early casualties - in the nicest way possible of course - as they bid to venture back into the chaotic world of football management.
Below we take a look at three managers looking to forge their way back into the dugout. Click on the manager links to see which clubs they are currently being linked with.
- Available Since: 30 June 2015
- Teams Managed: Leicester City (x2), Hull, Southampton, Carlisle United
- Managerial Accomplishments: Championship & League One titles with Leicester
- Potential Next Job: Pearson will be waiting in the wings should one of the Premier League's relegation-threatened teams axe their manager. Failing that, he may decide to venture back into the Championship.
Nigel Pearson will no doubt still be peeved at losing his job during the summer. Just six weeks after steering Leicester City to safety, following an astonishing turnaround in results, the ostrich-loving gaffer was savagely booted out of the exit door.
Pearson was a constant source of entertainment last season, amusing the football world through his bizarre touchline antics, ridiculous rants at supporters, and superb quarrels with journalists. For this reason it's a shame the 51-year-old hasn't started the new term in the dugout, however it's surely only a matter of time until he springs back into the managerial arena.
- Available Since: 24 May 2015
- Teams Managed: West Ham, Blackburn, Newcastle, Bolton, Notts County, Blackpool
- Managerial Accomplishments: Promotion to Premier League with West Ham & Bolton, Old Third Division winner with Notts County
- Potential Next Job: Big Sam will be eyeing up a return to England's top-flight.
Sam Allardyce has been keeping a relatively low profile since parting ways with West Ham at the end of last season. The 60-year-old was linked with the likes of Sunderland, Newcastle and Watford during the summer, but has so far resisted a swift return to the fold.
However, Big Sam will no doubt be getting a taste for the dugout following the opening weekend's action, and it will come as no surprise if he is back in the mix before Christmas. It's difficult to envision the former Hammers gaffer stepping down a level to the Championship, meaning he will have to wait for a top-flight vacancy to arise.
- Available Since: 3 February 2015
- Teams Managed: QPR, Tottenham, Portsmouth (x2), Southampton, West Ham, Bournemouth
- Managerial Accomplishments: FA Cup & League One title with Pompey, Intertoto Cup with the Hammers, promotion to the Premier League with the R's, Division Three title & Football League Trophy with the Cherries.
- Potential Next Job: Premier League return seems unlikely, may have to settle for the Championship
Harry Rednapp ditched QPR last season in dubious circumstances - citing knee surgery as his reason for leaving - calling it quits just after the transfer window slammed shut. The struggling R's were unable to recover, suffering an instant return back down to the Championship.
It will surely only be a matter of time until Redknapp roars back into the managerial arena, although it's unlikely to be in the Premier League, given the shocking end to his R's tenure. Therefore, the Championship appears to be the best bet, although which club is open to debate...