What next for the 20 season finishing Premier League managers?by Jack Kitson / 22 May 2017, 17:04Tweet
The 2016/17 Premier League season has now come to a close, but which of the 20 managers that ended the campaign in the dugout will still be at their respective clubs next term? We take a look below, splitting the 20 gaffers into four categories: Definitely Staying, Very Likely To Stay, Future Up In The Air, and Already Gone.
Sam Allardyce (since gone!)
The 11 managers listed above are cemented in their jobs and, bar a shock series of events, will each be managing the same clubs again next season.
Only Arsene Wenger has been at his current club longer than Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe who finished the Premier League campaign as the highest finishing English manager after leading the Cherries to an impressive 9th place finish.
Unless Arsenal suddenly show an interest Howe will continue at Bournemouth, while two other long-serving gaffers. Sean Dyche and Mark Hughes, will remain at the helm of Stoke and Burnley, as will West Brom’s Tony Pulis.
Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp are involved in exciting projects at Tottenham and Liverpool, and there is absolutely no chance that Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, who took charge of Man City and Man Utd last summer, will be departing.
Those nine managers were each in the dugout for the entire season, but the other two men on the list - Sam Allardyce (14th) and Paul Clement (15th) - both arrived at Crystal Palace in January and successfully proceeded to keep their respective clubs in the top-flight. Each will now be bidding to improve on their respective standings next season.
Very Likely To Stay
Both title winning Antonio Conte and English football’s longest-serving manager Arsene Wenger should probably be in the category above, but there is the off chance that each gaffer could leave.
Chelsea boss Conte has been linked with a return to his homeland with money bags Inter Milan. Conte’s family still resides in Italy - although there’s reports that they are considering a move to England - and there are whispers that he’s contemplating a return to Serie A.
It’s worth remembering that former Blues boss Jose Mourinho was sacked in December 2015, months after hoisting the title, while Carlo Ancelotti won the double in 2008 then was axed at the end of the next season, which may be playing on Conte’s mind.
Meanwhile, Wenger is widely expected to stay at Arsenal despite missing out on the top-4 for the first time in 20 years, meaning the Gunners will have to settle for a place in the Europa League next term.
The Frenchman admitted his future was a factor in Arsenal’s league failure but being the stubborn bloke that he is it’s looking increasingly unlikely that he’ll leave in the summer. Although a defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup final could change this.
Future Up In The Air
David Moyes (since gone!)
Claude Puel may have led Southampton to victory over Inter Milan, a Wembley cup final and a top-8 finish, however the drab and negative football has grated on many Saints fans who are demanding a change in the dugout, with Marco Silva the favourite to replace him.
Speaking of Silva it’s almost impossible to see him at Hull next season. The Portuguese coach was unable to keep the Tigers in the Premier League, but won numerous plaudits for his near-heroic attempt, and he is now likely to activate the relegation release clause, with Saints, Watford and West Ham reportedly waiting in the wings.
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has come under fire all season and could well be axed in the upcoming weeks, as could David Moyes, with rumours rife that Sunderland are set to make a change.
Elsewhere, it’s difficult to see Middlesbrough making interim boss Steve Agnew their new permanent manager, with Leeds gaffer Garry Monk currently the surprise favourite for the post.
In the East Midlands Craig Shakespeare made the most impressive impact of any in-coming top-flight manager, winning 53.8% of his 12 league games at the helm. He’s certainly put forward a decent case to be Leicester’s next permanent boss, and it will be interesting to see what happens next with the 2015/16 Premier League champions.
So far only one manager has officially left his post after Walter Mazzarri was booted out of the Watford exit door after just one season at the helm, which is a recurring theme at the trigger-happy club.
Silva remains the narrow favourite in the Next Watford Manager Market followed by the likes of former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, Russian Leonid Slutsky and the recently sacked Inter Milan manager Stefano Pioli all remain in the mix in a market that could play out for some time.