The Premier League season may be on hiatus but the division’s teams have been working diligently behind the scenes. A number of clubs will be looking at next term already to overhaul their squads. Along with adding and subtracting players, coaching changes could be on the cards for several teams.
There are a number of high-profile out of work managers that could find themselves in jobs over the summer. All five men on this list could do a decent job in charge of a Premier League club and teams could be in the market to make one of them their new manager.
Tottenham Hotspur ended their five-plus year relationship with Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019. Pochettino arrived from Southampton in 2014 and made Spurs the most stable they had been in more than a decade. When Pochettino took over, he was the club’s 10th manager in 12 years.
Pochettino turned the club into a Premier League title contender with a very thin squad. He also led Spurs to a Champions League final which they lost 2-0 to Liverpool but it didn’t diminish the achievement. The Premier League hasn’t seen the last of Pochettino.
Unai Emery’s time at Arsenal will be remembered as a failure although there were successes during his 18-month reign at the Emirates. Emery’s decision making was constantly under question and players were left puzzled by the manager. Emery could get a second chance in the Premier League from one of the division’s mid-table clubs. It could be a chance to resurrect his reputation.
Massimiliano Allegri is already being tipped as the next manager of Newcastle United after news broke of the Saudi royal family lining up a purchase of the club. Allegri has found success previously winning Serie A with AC Milan and Juventus. He was tipped to takeover for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United last summer; however, the deal never happened as the Red Devils stuck with the Norwegian.
Chris Hughton was sacked by Brighton last May after the keeping the club in the Premier League for a second straight campaign. The Seagulls fought relegation in their first two seasons in the league under Hughton. Hoping to improve on results and move up the table, Hughton was replaced by Graham Potter. Results haven’t changed much at the Amex Stadium, showing that Hughton may not have been the issue. The former Brighton manager won’t land at a top-six club, but could find a job with one of the teams in the bottom half of the league.
Jurgen Klinsmann was long rumoured to be hired by Liverpool and even met with former owners George Gillette and Tom Hicks about the job a decade ago. The former German national team manager was in charge of Hertha Berlin from November to February improving the club’s results. However, a dispute with the board saw him resign three months into the job after claiming a lack of support and not being given full control over transfers and other areas of the squad. Klinsmann is often considered one of the more desirable hires thanks to his playing career. Although his coaching track record isn’t sterling, there are plenty of clubs that could take a punt on him.