As the soccer season is coming to an end, a lot of well-known, championship-winning coaches are looking for new jobs. According to Guillem Balague, a famous European football reporter, Julian Nagelsmann might be an ideal candidate for coaching one of the Premier League’s teams.
Two popular teams, Tottenham and Leicester, need a new manager (head coach). Antonio Conte recently left Tottenham, while Leicester had to fire Brendan Rodgers. Now some managers who don’t have a job are hoping to get the chance to prove themselves with these two teams. They hope one of the two clubs will give them a call sometime soon!
Julian Nagelsmann is a 35-year-old manager who has been in charge of three teams over the past seven years. These teams are Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig, and Bayern Munich. He has managed over 243 games and won one major trophy (the Bundesliga). His point per game average is 1.86 in Europe’s top five leagues. Recently he was fired from Bayern Munich and now he is out of work for the first time in his career. The Football News Show asks: Would taking charge of Tottenham be a risky move for him?
In 2018, Nagelsmann turned down a job offer from Real Madrid and he is probably one of the top choices for any team that wants to hire a new manager. It was thought that he may go to Tottenham but Balague thinks Chelsea is a more likely choice. He commented on SportNewsCenter Radio 5 Live before news of Potter’s leaving saying that Nathan has a good relationship with Chelsea’s owner, Todd Boehly.
Julien Laurens said that Chelsea are looking for someone famous to take Graham Potter’s place, if he gets fired. And according to Julien, Nagelsmann is at the top of that list. He also mentioned that people might think that Bayern Munich firing their coach is kind of harsh since they have a chance to win a treble this season. But there were some big issues both on and off the pitch with him not getting along with his own team members which caused the decision.
Mauricio Pochettino, 51 years old, used to coach four teams including Espanyol, Southampton, Tottenham and PSG. Out of all these teams, he only won trophies with PSG – which were 1 league title and 1 cup. During his time coaching these teams, he played around 461 games and had an average of 1.67 points per game in the five best leagues in Europe. Also, while managing Tottenham he almost won a Champion’s League title but sadly lost it to Liverpool in the final game. He has not been working ever since last summer when he left PSG.
Balague said that there is a space for Pochettino to take the Spurs job and he’s on the list. Even though Daniel Levy hasn’t called him directly, it has been indirectly sent to see if he’d like to accept the role and Poch said yes. Even though Pochettino is being considered for the Chelsea job too since Potter left, let’s wait and see if this convinces Levy that Poch should come back.
Luis Enrique is being looked at by Premier League teams. He has been managing sometimes since 2011 and has coached 190 games with a lot of success. So far, he’s won 1 Champions League, 2 La Liga titles, and 3 Copa del Rey trophies while obtaining an average of two points per game in Europe’s top five leagues. Luis Enrique, who is 52 years old, even led Barcelona to both a treble and double victory during his three seasons as their manager.
He recently quit his coaching job with Spain after they lost in the World Cup to Morocco, and he’s now one of the leading contenders for the Chelsea position.
According to Balague, he only understands English media and he’s looking for a team that can achieve great things or something exciting. Unfortunately for him, there are only a few teams that fit this description.
Zidane is a 50-year-old manager who led Real Madrid, a popular European soccer club, for five years over two “spells” or periods. He won three Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles while accumulating 2.24 points per game. Despite these impressive accomplishments, it’s still not clear how he’d perform at another team.
Balague said that Zidane needs to wait until the right opportunity arises to do his thing. That opportunity could be with Real Madrid, the French National Team, or even Juventus if they invite him. But if no one calls, that isn’t a problem either.
After his last game as the manager of Tottenham, Conte was very mad about some players as he said “I see selfish players”. He managed in 9 teams altogether, played 335 games and won 4 Serie A titles, 1 Premier League title and 1 FA Cup. In total, he had an average points per game of 2.17 in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
Conte may be looking for a new job but will not likely take the open Chelsea job as he previously worked there from 2016 to 2018.
Until recently, Conte was highly successful in his role as Tottenham boss. However, it ended when he called his players “selfish” and complained about the team’s culture.
His three previous managerial jobs over the last ten years – at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan – all resulted in league championships.
At 53-years-old, Diego Maradona is probably in need of a rest because he has just recovered from surgery to his gallbladder. Three of his close friends – Gian Piero Ventrone (Spurs fitness coach), Sinisa Mihajlovic (former footballer) and Gianluca Vialli (also former footballer) – have all passed away in the last six months.
Chelsea Weigh Prospects of Hiring Top Managers
Chelsea have lots of money, but they may consider hiring a top manager from another team. Roberto de Zerbi is one possibility. He replaced Potter at Brighton and the team is sixth in the league, five points ahead of Chelsea. De Zerbi has also done great work for Benevento, Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine – he even had them leading the Ukrainian league before it was invaded by Russia.
Alternatively, Chelsea could look seven miles away and approach Brentford’s coach Thomas Frank. The 49-year-old Danish professional got the Bees promoted from a lower division (the Championship), and now they are tied with Brighton in terms of points.
Diego Simeone has done a really great job since he joined Atletico Madrid in 2011; He won two La Liga titles and took part in two Champions League finals.
Eventually, Diego will need to move on from his current challenge at some stage – Could this be it?
Chelsea could consider hiring someone who used to work for them: Brendan Rodgers. He was the reserve boss at Chelsea from 2006 to 2008. It’s strange but possible! Another option is a legendary figure at the club: John Terry. The 42-year-old former captain of Chelsea has been a coaching consultant at Aston Villa since 2022, and he had led Chelsea to 15 trophies in his time there.