Managerial Shake Ups Around Europe

Managerial change for a club during the summer transfer window results in a different kind of search for a replacement than would occur in the middle of the season.  While timing remains important usually a summer change can afford a club a less hurried, and somewhat more structured search for a candidate that really fits their profile.  This search can create somewhat of a domino effect though should that ideal replacement be under contract somewhere else.  Take for example David Moyes replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

David Moyes’ appointment, for as proper, smooth and well conducted as it was, created a vacancy at Everton.  This was then filled by Roberto Martinez from Wigan, creating another vacancy.  For as silly as the player transfer window is and surely will become this summer, the manager market can get as deep and cascading.

Today Business of Soccer takes a look at the various leagues and goes over those clubs who will have new managers at the start of the 2013/14 season.

England (Premier League and Championship)



In England alone, there have been nine notable managerial changes with 5 coming from Premier League clubs.  Manchester United’s appointment of David Moyes counts as one however fellow big boys of the Premier League, Chelsea and Manchester City have made headlines recently with the high profile signings of Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini.  Everton, in the wake of David Moyes’ departure named their new manager fairly quickly in former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez as mentioned earlier.  Finally, the last of the Premier League managerial movements is found at the home of the potters.  Following the dismissal of Tony Pulis, who brought them up to the top division, Stoke City appointed Mark Hughes as the new man to take the team forward who had been released from QPR in the middle of the season.

Among the Championship level clubs, there are a further four managerial changes of note. Martinez’s move to Everton forced Wigan Athletic to look for a new man to pull the strings and found one in former Bolton manager Owen Coyle.  The other teams include, Millwall, Leeds, and Blackburn.  Millwall, showing that Chelsea isn’t the only club in London club making some changes, have appointed former St Johnston manager Steve Lomas.  Leeds have replaced Neil Warnock with Brian McDermott while Blackburn have chosen to move forward with Gary Bowyer as their new manager who had acted as caretaker manager until the end of this past season.

Spain (La Liga)

La Liga clubs demonstrate the further shuffling and merry-go-round nature of the managerial search with 8 vacancies of which 7 have been filled.  Valencia made the first managerial signing in Spain by appointing Miroslav Djukic, a former Valencia player and former manager of Vallodolid on June 5th.  Three days later, Celta Vigo announced that it had signed Luis Enrique coming off Enrique’s one year hiatus from coaching after leaving Roma.  Malaga have become a more recent club to fill their vacant position by appointing another former Real Madrid manager in Bernd Schuster to replace outgoing Manchester City signing Manuel Pellegrini.  Levante has made a relegation signing from Deportivo and have brought in Joaquin Caparros to replace Juan Ignacio Martinez.

The other four clubs who underwent searches for new coaches include Atheletic Bilbao, who  find themselves without a manager currently after declining to offer Argentinian Marcelo Bielsa an extension,   Real Madrid whose opening occurred after the mutual consent separation from Jose Mourinho who went to Chelsea, Vallodolid who looks to find someone to keep them in La Liga after watching the man who brought them there, Miroslav Djukic move to Valencia and finally Real Sociedad who started developing a candidates list after manager Philippe Montanier declined a contract extension earlier in May while simultaneously being announced as the man to take over the reins at Rennes in the French Ligue 1.

Three of these positions have been filled and in merry-go-round fashion they come from other Spanish clubs.  While Sociedad decided to hire from within and promote Montanier’s assistant, Jagoba Arraste, Bilbao took on Valencia’s former manager Ernesto Valverde, and Vallodolid brought in Levante’s recently released Juan Ignacio Martinez, cutting both men’s unemployment very short.  Real Madrid remains looking for someone to replace outgoing Jose Mourinho with Carlo Ancelotti heavily tipped to take over, which could start its own domino effect with PSG’s search to replace him.

Italy (Serie A)

Moving on, the Serie A is next in line with six changes on the more notable side so far and they are almost all fairly high profile.  This list of clubs with new managers contains Inter Milan, Roma, Napoli, Palermo, Genoa and Chievo.  Oddly enough the most high profile signing is the man who Palermo (technically moving in the Serie B) have chosen to take over at the Sicilian club.  Palermo have chosen former AC Milan and Rangers star Gennaro Gatusso.  According to the rough Italian, he doesn’t fear taking this job at all, only death (good man).  Inter Milan announced their new manager in former Napoli man Walter Mazzarri who takes over for Andrea Stramaccioni.  This leads to Napoli’s choice of tacticians to take over for the exiting Mazzarri and they have put their faith in the man that took over at Chelsea this season on an interim basis taking them to Champions League qualification as well as a Europa League title, Rafael Benitez.

The lower profile management signings in Italy are found in both likely and unlikely places.  The most recent is found in the unlikely Italian Capital club Roma.  The American owned club have chosen former Lille manager Rudi Garcia and are believed to have signed him to a €1.5 million a year deal with a possible third year extension.   The other lesser profile management changes came farther north on the peninsula in Genoa.  Genoa chief Enrico Preziosi announce that he intends to fill his managerial opening with the untested Fabio Liverani from their youth team coaching staff.  Though Preziosi did say that Liverani has not signed a a contract yet, he does believe that the youth coach will become the new manager.

Chievo, like Madrid, let their manager Eugenio Corini go by mutual consent after the man was brought in to steady the ship following a poor run of results near the beginning of the 2012/13 season.  Like Madrid in another sense, they also remain searching for someone to take the reins.

France (Ligue 1)

France follows Italy with only four major managerial changes as of yet.  It begins with Lille who, after seeing Rudi Garcia head to Italy to take over at Roma, have brought in Montpellier’s Rene Girard who led Montpellier to the French League title last year and before that had coached French national team youth ranks for six years.  To replace Girard,  Monpellier have brought in Jean Fernandez from lower league Nancy.

Rennes, as mentioned earlier announced the departure of Frederic Antonetti and also announced Departing Real Sociedad man Phillipe Montanier as his replacement.  Ajaccio reversed the France to Italy movement created by Lille and signed Fabrizio Ravanelli from Juventus’ youth academy coaching staff for his first head 1st team appointment.

Germany (Bundesliga)



Germany and the Bundesliga clubs who include both 2012/13 Champions League finalists in their ranks are the least busy out of all the leagues.  Beyond the official take over of Pep Guardiola for the departing Jupp Heynckes at Bayern Munich, the only managerial change occurs at Werder Bremen.  Long standing 14 year manager Thomas Schaaf, who has spent his entire professional career, both as a player and through youth management leading to full 1st team management at Werder, stepped down with Robin Dutt stepping in as his replacement.  Robin Dutt was released from his contract with the German Football Federation (DFB) this summer so he could take the position.

Though there are no more appointments to speak of, the music still goes and the machine still spins for clubs in the hunt for their new manager to take them forward.  Beyond this, other clubs brace themselves to potentially lose their current managers to any of the clubs still currently looking which will surely peak the interest of any agents of managers released who have not found themselves a professional home yet.  It’s a cycle as natural to the world and business of soccer as player transfers and it’s made all the more sensational with the constantly churning rumor mills.  Who will they shake up next?

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