European Giants Prepare To Board The Managerial-Merry-Go-Roundby Richard Smith / 08 May 2013, 15:20Tweet
The news that Sir Alex Ferguson is to retire from his job as manager of Manchester United could well be the start of a frenetic summer on the managerial merry-go-round as the shockwaves from Old Trafford look set to reach across the continent and impact a number of European Giants.
Here is a look at which of Europe's biggest clubs could well be searching for new managers ahead of the 2013/2014 season as a 'knock-on effect' of Ferguson's departure.
Vacancy at Man Utd
Manchester United are searching for Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement. It is expected that the decision will be made quickly so that the successor can have a full pre-season to ensure he picks up where Fergie has left off. The appointment is likely to be the first of many managerial doors left open across Europe over the coming months.
Possible vacancy at Everton
Everton manager, David Moyes, is out of contract at Goodison Park in summer and has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Merseyside club. He is hotly linked to the Manchester United job and even if he doesn't get that, there are suggestions that after 11 years, Moyes could be ready for a new challenge.
Possible vacancy at Real Madrid
Jose Mourinho was rumoured to be leaving Real Madrid even before the Manchester United vacancy became available with a return to Stamford Bridge the assumed destination. Three years in the Spanish capital hasn't been as productive as hoped for the Portuguese boss with just one La Liga title and coming up short in the Champions League. A change of scenery for the 'Special One' definitely looks on the cards, leaving Real Madrid searching for a replacement.
Possible vacancy at Borussia Dortmund
Jürgen Klopp has risen to prominence over the past couple of years after guiding Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles before taking the Champions League by storm this season with breathtaking brand of football. At just 45 years of age, the German will be of interest to any major European club that finds itself searching for a new manager during the close-season.
Possible vacancy at Paris Saint-Germain
Current PSG manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is on course to guide the Parisian side to its first league title since 1994! In addition, the Italian took the team to a whisker of the Champions League Semi Finals. Considering the other honours on his CV from time in Italy and England, the former Chelsea boss remains hot property despite his dismissal from Stamford Bridge and is currently the odds on favourite to become next Real Madrid manager.
Possible vacancy at Arsenal
Arsene Wenger celebrates 17 years in charge of Arsenal in September but there is increasing speculation surrounding whether he will make that anniversary. The divide amongst Arsenal fans about whether he should stay or go after eight years without a trophy seems to be growing and Wenger himself must be question whether it's time to move on. Should Ancelotti leave the Parc des Princes, then Wenger will be top of PSG's wanted list.
Possible vacancy at Chelsea
Current Chelsea caretaker manager, Rafa Benitez, has already said that he's leaving his temporary contract at Stamford Bridge come the end of season. Before Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement, Jose Mourinho looked destined to make a return to West London, six years after leaving first time around, according to those 'in the know'. However, that may not be the case and whether it's Mourinho or not, Chelsea will likely appoint a manager currently employed by another club, thus, creating another vacancy on the managerial merry-go-round.
Possible vacancy at Manchester City
Failure to retain title and progress from the group stage of the Champions League has resulted in Man City boss, Roberto Mancini, feeling the pressure. FA Cup final defeat could spell the end for the Italian and even victory at Wembley may not be enough if the club's owners decide they can not afford another European gamble that could see the Blues fail to make the knockout stages of the competition for a third year running. With money no object at the Etihad, a number of big names occupy the next Man City manager market.
Possible vacancy at Juventus
Since arriving in Turin two years ago, Juventus boss, Antonio Conte, has delivered back-to-back Serie A titles for 'The Old Lady' and established the Italian Giants as a force to be reckoned with once again in Europe. The achievements of the 43 year old in such a short space of time will have alerted fellow European 'big guns' to his potential and Juve could have a task on their hands to hold on to him.
Possible vacancy at Barcelona
Barcelona's Tito Vilanova was promtoed to role of head coach after Pep Guardiola stood down 12 months ago. However, a cancerous growth on his throat meant he had to miss time on the touchlines this season as he received treatment. It is unknown as to whether Vilanova has been given the all clear and whilst his health remains of paramount priority, Barcelona may be forced to seek a replacement at sometime in the near future.
Possible vacancy at Inter Milan
Andrea Stramaccioni only took charge of Inter Milan towards the end of last season and with the side on course to finish 8th in Serie A in his first full season in charge, it is unlikely that the 37 year old will be around for a second term at the San Siro. The possibility of going three seasons without any silverware is unheard for Inter and a big name appointment can be expected.
Closer to home...
In addition to the forecast movement amongst Europe's elite, there could well be vacancies arising in the Premier League, all of which could have subsequent impact on the managerial merry-go-round. Roberto Martinez is likely to depart Wigan Athletic whether or not the Latics get relegated and Newcastle could well show Alan Pardew the door after flirting ominously close to relegation, whilst Swansea City may have their work cut out to hold on to Michael Laudrup after the Dane has made an instant impact at the Liberty Stadium in his first season in charge.