Five managers destined for the Premier League dugout

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 20 April 2017, 14:25

The Premier League is currently home to a cluster of football’s so called “Super Managers” including Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino….and Arsene Wenger.

But, in the near future English football could welcome more stellar gaffers in the dugout…five of whom we take a look at below.

Massimiliano Allegri

The manager of the moment is Massimiliano “Max” Allegri who is lapping up the praise after leading Juventus to a superb 3-0 aggregate victory over Barcelona, which propelled the Italian giants into the Champions League semi-finals for the second time in three seasons, with another grand final in sight.

It was a tactical masterclass from the Italian, as Juventus became only the third club in Champions League history to prevent Barcelona from scoring over two-legs. The Old Lady showcased discipline within a solid structure, while (unlike PSG) they had an abundance of self-belief, something which has been evidently missing over at Arsenal.

It’s no secrete that over the last few months Allegi has been hotly linked with the Gunners - he’s currently the 4/1 favourite with Paddy Power, and almost unbelievably he’s on £3.5m a year compared with Wenger’s ludicrous salary of £8.5…

Diego Simeone

Another manager who is through to the Champions League semi-finals is Diego Simeone, who is bidding to lead Atletico Madrid to their third final in four seasons, which would be a phenomenal achievement considering that the club had only ever reached one final prior to the Argentine’s appointment in 2011.

Simeone has long been linked with a move to the Premier League (6/1 Arsenal), but has remained loyal to his beloved Atleti, with whom he’s transformed into one of the best teams on the continent, if not the world.

Whether Simeone, famed for his favoured all-black attire, will fancy leaving the Spanish capital after nearly six years is unknown, but should the Arsenal job become available his ears may well be pricked.

The no-nonsense 46-year-old recently had his contract brought back from 2020 to 2018 - a sign that he could be keen to venture elsewhere. Simeone, who has also been linked with Inter Milan, would undoubtedly be a captivating presence on the Premier League touchline, while his arrival would send shivers down the spines of the current top-flight incumbents.

Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique will be out of work in the summer after last month announcing his decision to leave Barcelona at the end of the season. After recently conjuring up one of the most remarkable comebacks in history (sorry PSG) many thought that the Spaniard would perform a u-turn and stay at the club, however this appears less likely following Barcelona’s Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus.

Enrique is likely follow in the footsteps of former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola and take a year’s sabbatical - that’s what the Barcelona job does to you - but on the other hand he may decide that he wants to hurl himself straight back into the dugout.

The 46-year-old, who could still add two cups to his stunning eight trophy haul at Barcelona, is priced at 17/2 to become the next Man Utd boss and 16/1 to take charge of Arsenal, although he does actually represent a tempting bet at 33/1 to venture off into the international arena with Netherlands.

Jorge Sampaoli

In March when Luis Enrique revealed that he’ll be exiting the Nou Camp, it was Jorge Sampaoli who emerged as the hot favourite to succeed him. However, Sevilla’s sudden slump - they’ve won just one of their eight games - has seen the Argentine drift out to 25/1 in the Barcelona betting.

During that period Sevilla have been booted out of the Champions League by Leicester, dropped 13 points adrift off La Liga leaders Real Madrid, and failed to score in three of their last four games. Ouch.

Sampaoli previously missed out on the Chelsea job because his English wasn’t up to scratch, while he’s unsurprisingly being heavily linked with the Argentina national team job following the sacking of Edgardo Bauza. This could well occur during the summer, and if it does, it will only delay Sampaoli moving to England, not end it.

Thomas Tuchel

One day we’ll see Thomas Tuchel in the Premier League, but he may have to wait a little bit. Jobs are scarce at the moment, but when the right opportunity arises then Jurgen Klopp’s successor at Borussia Dortmund will no doubt be one of the key names in the frame.

Tuchel has yet to hoist silverware with Dortmund, who earlier this week were knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco, however in different circumstances they could well have progressed.

But, on the plus side, the BVB do have the opportunity to progress through to the German Cup Final when they lock horns with fierce rivals Bayern Munich.

Special Mentions

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is currently bidding to become the first ever boss to retain the Champions League trophy in only his second season in management. Wow.

One day we hope to see the Football legend in the Premier League, but we can’t see this happening anytime soon.

The likes of Unai Emery (PSG) and Roger Schmidt (Bayer Leverkusen) have both been linked with a move to these shores, while Leonardo Jardim is in the headlines after leading free-scoring Monaco through to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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