Where will all the 20 Premier League managers be in 2030?

by Charlie Zazzera / 31 December 2019, 08:15

After an unpredictable decade in the managerial arena, which started with Chris Wilder managing at non-league level and ended with him in touching distance of the Premier League’s top-four, it got us thinking: Where will all of the current 20 top-flight managers be in 10 years time?

We've jumped in a managerial time machine to bring you the latest events from 2030...

Daniel Farke 

Last season Daniel Farke won Dortmund their 10th Bundesliga title in his first full campaign in charge of the German giants. With Teemu Pukki as his No.2, BVB are already flying high in the league and have topped their group in the Champions League, having beaten Liverpool.

Dortmund was too big of an opportunity to turn down so he left Watford after an impressive eight months in charge. The Hornets appointed Farke after he was sacked by Norwich while they were struggling in the Championship, every club he’s managed this decade have worn yellow. 

Nigel Pearson 

After saving Watford from relegation in 2020, Nigel Pearson was sacked in February 2021 following a run of poor results and a public spat with Troy Deeney, in which he was rumoured to have head-butted the club captain, before the squad had to pull them apart. 

Since then he’s managed Newcastle and Sheffield Utd and is now compared to Sam Allardyce for his no-nonsense approach and reputation for keeping teams in the Premier League. 

Dean Smith

Currently out of work, the English manager enjoyed four years at Stoke City between 2024-2028, where he oversaw promotion back to the Premier League, followed by relegation to the Championship. 

Dean Smith was controversy sacked by his boyhood club Aston Villa who hired John Terry as his successor, it was reported Terry held talks with the club’s hierarchy while Smith was still in charge.

David Moyes

Reappointed by West Ham, Moysey kept The Hammers up in 2020 only to be sacked in the summer. A year later he was reappointed for a third spell when he eventually oversaw a relegation, before being sacked. 

In 2025, he was re-appointed Preston manager after a slow start to their first-ever Premier League season. Unfortunately, he couldn't keep them up and was sacked half-way the next season with the club in the Championship relegation zone. In 2028, Moyes was appointed Scotland manager with the target to qualify for their first-ever World Cup, they failed to do so. 

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Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe is now into the seventh year of his third spell at Bournemouth, with the club still in the Premier League, finishing mid-table every year for the last 15 seasons. 

He left Bournemouth for a second time to join his boyhood club Everton, replacing Carlo Ancelotti, but after a disappointing season he was sacked. Bournemouth reappointed him (again) and the match-made in heaven keeps delivering for the Cherries who have named one of their stands after him.

Ralph Hasenhüttl 

After six fantastic years at Southampton, which included an FA Cup win and a 5th place Premier League finish, Liverpool appointed Ralph Hasenhüttl as Jurgen Klopp’s replacement. 

He replaced Alex Oxlade Chamberlain with James Ward-Prowse, and Sadio Mane with Moussa Djenepo, but failed to regain the Premier League: finishing 3rd. He had a terrible start to his second season which included losing 4-0 at home to Everton, and was sacked in October 2025. A trophy littered three years at Celtic ended badly as he ditched the Scottish champions for Leicester, who he now manages.  

Graham Potter 

The former-Brighton manager spent eight seasons on the south-coast with his biggest achievement being taking the Seagulls to Europe and imposing his attractive style of football, in the club’s most successful period in their history. 

He was then approached by Atletico Madrid and took the job. He’s been tasked with changing the club’s football identity as he succeeds Diego Simeone, who was in charge for 17 years. 

Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche is still the Burnley boss and has now managed The Clarets for 18 years. In that time they haven't won any trophies or made it into Europe like they did in 2018, but have now been in the Premier League for 13 consecutive seasons.

Ben Mee is now his No.2, and his team still have a English core including Nick Pope, Ben Wilmot, Oliver Skipp and Sam Surridge. 

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Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta made Arsenal one of the greatest teams in the world once again. Pep Guardiola’s influence is clear to see, and with a clear vision of attractive football and developing youth they have tasted success similar to the early ‘00s. 

The Gunners have been in the Champions League for nine consecutive seasons, won two FA Cups and their first title in 22 years in 2026. Since then they’ve won another title in 2028 and have been gripped in a title rivalry with Tottenham for the last five years.   

Steve Bruce

Brucey is currently out of work after he sacked by QPR, who were relegated from the Championship last season. QPR became his 17th club as a manager, breaking a new English record for most clubs managed in England’s top four leagues. 

He was sacked by Newcastle in 2021 and has since managed Fulham, Crystal Palace, Preston, Cardiff, Derby and QPR. 

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti has announced his retirement after a successful spell at Inter Milan which saw him win his second Serie A title, and Inter’s first in 20 years. He also managed Valencia, Marseille and Dortmund in the last decade but hangs up his suit after a coveted 35-year managerial career. 

His spell at Everton was his most unsuccessful of his career, having spent £300m, he finished 9th then 11th, and didn't win any trophies. 

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Carlo Ancelotti was surprisingly appointed Everton manager in 2019

Roy Hodgson

Incredibly Roy Hodgson is still in coaching, all be it as a part-time assistant at to Gary Cahill at Bolton. Hodgson was sacked in the 2021/22 season at Crystal Palace and took a two-year sabbatical before being lured back into football by a convenient role at the age of 82. 

Cahill and Hodgson have led Bolton back to the Premier League after winning three promotions in six years, with Kevin Davies and Jussi Jaaskelainen part of the coaching team. 

Chris Wilder 

Christopher John Wilder led his beloved Sheffield United toa 6th place finish in their first season back in the Premier League, which saw them qualify for the Europa League. The Blades fans enjoyed a European journey where they ventured to Krakow, Belgrade and Rome before being knocked out by Marseille in the last-32. 

Wilder spent another two seasons in Sheffield, making United an established Premier League club, but after Gareth Southgate stepped down, the FA came calling. He was appointed England manager and implemented his progressive style on a now mature team who have played together for six years. 

England ended 60 years of hurt as Harry Kane lifted the World Cup in 2026, Wilder was Knighted, and Sir Chris took his country to the Euros semi-final in 2028. 

From non-league to World Cup winner, Chris Wilder has had another titanic decade. 

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Sir Chris Wilder?

Nuno Espirito Santo

Nuno Espirito Santo is now regarded as one of the great Paris Saint Germain managers after winning the club their first Champions League trophy in 2027. He has been in Paris for five years and picked up five league titles, one domestic cup and that European trophy along the way. 

Nuno left Wolves a legend after taking them from the Championship to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in his eight years in England. During that time Joao Felix was lured over to Molineux, where he would transform into one of the most ruthless goal-machines English football has ever seen.

Jose Mourinho 

“The Special One” started the decade by winning Tottenham the double, The Audi Cup and Carabao Cup.

Jose famously claimed he was the most decorated Spurs manager since Bill Nicholson but after public criticism of Serge Aurier and Dele Alli he appeared to lose the dressing room. They failed to qualify for the Champions League and after finishing below Arsenal he was sacked, but paid a staggering £40m in compensation.  

Nine years on, Mourinho got the Juventus job where he appointed Cristiano Ronaldo as his No.2, and won six trophies in three years. After a year out of the game he returned to England, this time as the manager of Manchester City with the club desperate to recapture the Guardiola glory days - they appointed the Portuguese manager who has a “proven record of winning trophies at the highest level.”

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Where will Jose Mourinho be in 2030?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after they finished 16th in the 2019/20 season, their lowest finish in 46 years. 

He was then reappointed Molde manager where he won three league titles in four years.

The Norway national team then approached him but he endured a disastrous three years as he failed to qualify for the Euros or World Cup, before being sacked. Nowadays OGS is seen playing in United charity games, and is more written off than at the wheel. 

Frank Lampard

Super Frankie Lampard brought the Premier League trophy back to Stamford Bridge in 2025 after six successful years, developing his homegrown Chelsea players into one of the greatest teams in world football. 

Remarkably, Roman Abramovich sacked Lampard after a poor start the season after they had just won the title, and instead appointed Erik Ten Haag. After nine months out of work, the English manager was named West Ham manager and is currently rebuilding their squad using his progressive youth philosophy. 

Pep Guardiola

Pep left Manchester City after winning the Champions League in the 2021/22 season, having failed to regain the Premier League in the last two seasons. He went on to manage PSG for three years, where he won seven trophies, but failed to win the one they really wanted: the Champions League. 

In an explosive press conference in French, he revealed he was leaving Paris and wanted to prove to people he could do it at a smaller club. He was unveiled as Brescia’s new manager, where he had two spells as a player, and after a year won them the Serie A title for the first time.

He is now commonly regarded as the ‘Greatest Manager Of All Time’ having overtaken Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy haul of 49!

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Super Frankie Lampard

Brendan Rodgers 

Now the Manchester United manager, Brendan Rodgers has failed to get the club back to challenging for the titles but he has at least got them back to the Champions League in the last two-seasons having signed James Maddison and Vinicius Jr.

In the 2020/21 season he led Leicester to a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League, but after Real Madrid sacked Zinedine Zidane, the Spanish Giants wanted him as their new manager. He left The Foxes which saw a downturn in their form, which helped Liverpool overtake them to win the league. He won one La Liga in his two years in Spain but got sacked after getting knocked out of the Champions League group stages. 

Jurgen Klopp

Off the back of winning Germany the Euros in 2028, Jurgen Klopp is on a quest to conquer the world with his home nation and master international football like he did in the domestic game.

Klopp honoured his contract until 2024 and has made Liverpool the best team in English football once again after winning four consecutive Premier League titles, something no man had done before. 

He now has a statue erected outside Anfield next to Bill Shankly’s, and has written himself in English managerial history after Liverpool won a record 22 English titles, hitting over 100 points twice along the way. 

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