9 Best Football Managers Who Are Unemployed So Far This Summer, Including Klopp, Tuchel

9 Best Football Managers Who Are Unemployed So Far This Summer, Including Klopp, Tuchel

Isaac Darko
updated at May 28, 2024 at 6:55 AM
  • Mauricio Pochettino is on the market after leaving Chelsea despite a strong end to the season
  • The Argentine manager has now joined a host of top managers who are currently without a job
  • Sports Brief has ranked the top nine managerial figures who will be on the market this summer

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While most football fans focus on players, transfers, and wages, a select few are captivated by the intriguing realm of football management.

As each season concludes, clubs frequently seek new managerial talent, whether to stave off relegation or to compete for domestic titles.

Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, and Thomas Tuchel are among the nine best managers who will be on the market this summer.
Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, and Thomas Tuchel are among the nine best managers who will be on the market this summer. Photos by John Powell/James Gill.
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This summer will be no different, with numerous teams across Europe, including several from the Premier League, on the hunt for new managers.

With a wealth of elite coaching talent currently available, clubs may be enticed to make a change for one of these nine top-tier candidates.

Managers who are unemployed so far

Jurgen Klopp

The German gaffer surprised the sports world with the announcement of his departure from Anfield.

Though Klopp might not be eager to take on a new role immediately this summer, he remains the top choice among available managers.

His transformation of Liverpool was remarkable; he inherited a struggling team and led them to a sixth UEFA Champions League title in 2019 and, even more significantly for the fans, their first league title in 30 years in 2020.

Jose Mourinho

Years ago, Mourinho was the top choice for any elite club seeking a manager. The experienced Portuguese coach has had an unparalleled career, leading teams like Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Porto to significant successes, per UEFA.

However, his tenures at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have somewhat tarnished his reputation.

Known as 'The Special One,' Mourinho's impressive collection of trophies across various clubs still makes him a highly attractive option for teams in need of a manager this summer.

Though his star may have dimmed slightly, the 61-year-old, now having left Roma, is eager to return to management. This could be the perfect opportunity for him to venture into international coaching.

Zinedine Zidane

Over five years at Real Madrid, spread across two terms, Zidane established himself as a constant winner, securing three UCL titles and two La Liga championships - a testament to his technical acumen and mental fortitude.

Although he may not be as in-demand as some other managers due to his limited experience with multiple clubs, the French legend's record speaks volumes.

As one of the greatest footballers in World Cup history, the main factor delaying his return to management is his strategic patience in waiting for the perfect opportunity.

Thomas Tuchel

Per Eurosport, Tuchel departed Bayern Munich at the end of the 2023/24 season, despite the club's attempts to reverse their earlier decision from February. As a seasoned and highly regarded manager, he is eager to return to a new role.

His longest managerial tenure was with Mainz, where he led the team for 183 games, but his most notable successes came elsewhere. At Chelsea, the Krumbach-born manager secured an unexpected Champions League victory, and he achieved consecutive domestic trophies with Paris Saint-Germain.

Although his time at Bayern this season was less successful, leading to his early exit, there is no denying Tuchel's exceptional managerial skills.

Massimiliano Allegri

Juventus are currently in a challenging phase, having gone four seasons without a Serie A title, and will start the next campaign with a new manager after parting ways with Massimiliano Allegri.

The Italian tactician returned to the club for a second stint in 2021, but it did not replicate the success of his first tenure, during which he secured five league titles and four Coppa Italias.

His final match saw Juventus clinch the Coppa Italia by defeating Atalanta, but Allegri was dismissed shortly afterward due to his conduct during the game. Notably, he removed his suit jacket and confronted the fourth official, an act that led to his abrupt departure.

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino oversaw a turbulent season at Chelsea, but they finished on a high note, making the news of his departure just two days after the final game a surprising turn of events.

When the Argentine signed a two-year contract with the West London club in 2022, he was tasked with moulding a squad of young players, many of whom were acquired for hefty fees.

This challenge was daunting, but by season's end, Chelsea emerged as one of the Premier League's in-form teams, rekindling optimism among Blues fans. Any club that secures Pochettino will be gaining an exceptional manager.

Antonio Conte

The Italian tactician has experienced success in both international and club management.

He has enjoyed domestic triumphs in Italy with Inter Milan and Juventus, and he added a Premier League title to his accolades with Chelsea in the 2016/17 season.

Although his tenure at Tottenham ended controversially, his successor Ange Postecoglou's outburst after Spurs' loss to Manchester City in the final week of the season cast Conte in a favourable light.

Known for his low tolerance for mediocrity, Conte remains one of the most accomplished and demanding managers in football.

Hansi Flick

Hansi Flick and the German national team seemed destined for success. Flick, who served as Joachim Low's assistant during Germany's 2014 World Cup victory, took over the team seven years later but managed only 25 disappointing matches in charge.

Flick's tenure with Die Mannschaft followed a highly successful two-year spell at Bayern Munich, where he lost just eight of 86 games and secured a European treble. The 58-year-old from Heidelberg has clearly demonstrated his value at the club level, and as long as he remains interested, he will undoubtedly attract numerous offers.

David Moyes

Despite leading West Ham United to European Conference League glory last season, it became evident that a separation was inevitable this season.

Hammers fans were dissatisfied with Moyes' style of play, prompting the club to appoint Julen Lopetegui as their new manager for the upcoming campaign.

However, he is unlikely to find himself short of job opportunities. Although his reputation suffered after unsuccessful tenures with Manchester United, Real Sociedad, and Sunderland, he restored his standing during his time at the London Stadium. Unless he chooses otherwise, Moyes is expected to secure a new position swiftly.

Why Man United should not sack ten Hag

Earlier, Sports Brief also previously analysed why Manchester United should keep Erik ten Hag as their manager beyond this summer.

The Dutchman has at least postponed Sir Jim Ratcliffe's inclination to make drastic changes, a move sharpened before the final of the FA Cup.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)