Success is one unique measure that it is often used in the world of football, to judge the worth and how good coaches are on the job when managing a club.
The two UEFA competitions, the Champions League and the Europa League were the last competitions in Europe that finally draw the curtain on the weird and very long 2019-20 football calendar due to the pandemic this season.
In the midst of it, there are few coaches whose future depends solely on the outcome of their success in their respective leagues, and perhaps in Europe.
More often than not, when top clubs invest a lot of money into their team, they expect the coach in charge to bring success to the club. Whether in the domestic league or in European competitions which sometimes could be very difficult to achieve for coaches.
When a manager is successful while managing a team, he tends to get all the accolades for a job well done. If things went sour and the manager couldn’t achieve the main goal of bringing success to the club, he gets fired and look elsewhere for a new managerial job.
Today, we take a look at the top five coaches whose future could depend on their success this season.
Rudi Garcia – (Manager, Olympique Lyonnais)
Garcia’s appointment as the manager of Lyon came as a big surprise to many in the French Ligue 1 and specifically the fans of the club when he was appointed the head coach of the club, following the sacking of Sylvinho who only managed the French team for just five months in the dugout.
In all honesty, no fans of Lyon would have expected the former Marseille’s gaffer to be in charge of their darling team, due to what he said in 2018.
Saying that Lyon got preferential treatment from referees, amid a battle between the two clubs for Champions League qualification, as such the President of the club Michel Aulas blasted him as “Arrogant”.
Since he stepped down at the Orange Vélodrome, to take over the managerial position at Lyon, Garcia has really done a decent work compared to what former manager Sylvinho did with the team, although he couldn’t win the French Ligue 1.
That could perhaps be some of the yardsticks, the club hierarchy could use in judging his work with Les Gones this season. However, his team started the new season on a good note, it now depends on how far they could go once they get into the heated moment of the season.
Thomas Tuchel – (Manager, Paris Saint Germain)
When the Ligue 1 Champions show Unai Emery the exit door despite winning the league, it’s was evident that what they wanted was to win the Champions League. Perhaps that’s why they’ve been spending hugely in the transfer market to make the team a formidable side in France and in Europe.
Following the exit of the Spaniard, the french side appointed Thomas Tuchel to take over the managerial role. And since the appointment of the German in 2018, he has won the Ligue 1 back to back, as well as this year’s French cup and league cup.
To put the icing on the cake, Tuchel was able to break the Champions League quarter-final’s jinx for Paris Saint Germain, and also took them to the final of the competition for the first time in the history of the club against German champions Bayern Munich.
Following defeat to Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League, Tuchel’s future at PSG is reportedly in serious doubt. As reports by top journalists have it that the German gaffer might lose his job, with the Paris club looking in the direction of former AC Milan and Juventus manager Max Allegri as the next manager.
Although the Ligue 1 just kick-start, it’s left to be seen if Tuchel would still be the manager to take Paris Saint Germain through the new season, having missed out on the European title.
Antonio Conte – (Manager, Inter Milan)
Had it been Inter Milan took their chances in the 2019-20 Seria A campaign and not give their fans a hot and cold kind performance, perhaps the ‘Old Lady’ wouldn’t have been crowned champions of Italy.
Before the end of the season, Conte has been very vocal about how the club’s board hasn’t been protecting his players, which in one way or the other hasn’t gone down well with the boards, which sprung up the talk about his future at the San Siro looks uncertain.
According to rumors, Inter Milan are said to also be in talks with Allegri to replace Conte. As it stands, logically Conte would still be in charge of the Nerazzurri going forward. But with the frustration behind the scenes at Inter Milan, coupled with their recent defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final, the management could be looking to let Conte leave the club if he fails to achieve success this season.
Diego Simeone – (Manager, Atletico Madrid)
Sometimes around July Los Rojiblancos manager made it clear that he coaches for his players and not those in the stands. El Cholo’ came under a lot of criticism from the fans and was even whistled at the Wanda Metropolitano due to the inconsistent performances of his team during the 2019-20 season.
Atletico season was rather a turbulent one, the last few months before the end of the La Liga campaign, they were able to up their performances and also booked their place in the upcoming 2020-21 UEFA competitions.
Meanwhile, their loss in the Champions League against Leipzig has seen a lot of Atletico Madrid fans doubt Simoene’s capabilities if truly he’s the man to lead them into winning the Champions League, despite having taken them to two finals.
Without doubt, since Simeone took over the Madrid based side, he has taken the club to new heights where they now sit amongst the finest European clubs in world football.
However, their exit in the champions league did raise a lot of questions on his future, but then we can only wait to see how things would pan out when the new season begins.
Steve Bruce – (Manager, Newcastle)
The ‘Magpies has been a subject of a takeover bid from PCP Capital Partners, who have the strong backing of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. But since the end of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign, the talk of the takeover bid has died a natural death, perhaps we might get to see another set of billionaires coming back to take over the club from Mike Ashley.
Following the exit of Rafael Benitez, the Magpies supporters were extremely furious about the fact that Mike Ashley couldn’t tie the Spaniard gaffer to a new contract, and also guarantee him gigantic transfer money to bring in good players.
As such the former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager had to leave after his contract expires, which led to the appointment of Steve Bruce.
Bruce’s reign at Newcastle so far may not have been like that of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, or a Pep Guardiola at City. However, since he took the role at the Tyneside club, he has done relatively well to keep the team in topflight football fighting painstakingly to save the club.
As the new 2020-21 begins on September 12, a lot would be expected from Bruce, both from the fans and the club hierarchy, as his job is very much under threat.
Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.
Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.
The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.
The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.
Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.
“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.
“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.
“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”
He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.
“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.
“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”
It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.
Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.
- Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)
Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.
It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.
With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.
However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.
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- Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)
The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.
Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.
Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.
Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.
At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.