The season has only just ended and already the biggest clubs in Europe are trading in – or swapping out – their head coaches in what is turning into a massive managerial merry-go-round.
Here are all the big movers and shakers already making headlines…
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POCH TO SPURS (AGAIN)
That’s right, Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly in talks with Tottenham over a sensational return to the club less than six months after taking the reins at Paris Saint-Germain.
Pochettino was sacked after a poor start to last season and replaced with Jose Mourinho, a gamble which backfired dramatically when the Portuguese was frog marched out of the club little over a year later, in the week of a cup final.
According to multiple reports, chairman Daniel Levy has acknowledged that he made a big mistake in letting the Argentine leave in 2019 and is now gearing the club’s strategy to rehiring him in the coming weeks.
Levy also hopes that a return for Pochettino would help persuade star player Harry Kane to reconsider his desire to leave the club and get fans back on side after a disastrous two years since they reached the Champions League final.
Pochettino is reportedly unsettled in Paris, with his family remaining in London and his son playing for Watford.
ZIDANE LEAVES REAL (AGAIN)
In another swift act of Deja-vu, Real Madrid have confirmed that manager Zinedine Zidane has decided to resign again after missing out on LaLiga title to Atletico Madrid this season and being knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage to Chelsea.
“It is now time to respect his decision and show him our appreciation for his professionalism, dedication and passion in all these years, and for what his figure represents for Real Madrid,” the club said.
“Zidane is one of the greats of Real Madrid and his legend goes beyond what he has been as a coach and player for our club. He knows that he is at the heart of Real Madrid and that Real Madrid is and will always be his home.”
Antonio Conte is among the leading candidates to replace him having decided to leave Inter Milan, just days after guiding them to their first Serie A title since 2010.
Conte was told he would have to sell a number of high-profile players to balance the books and was not interested in having to rebuild a team he had only just built.
Real legend Raul is another option if Madrid choose to promote from within as they did with Zidane. Raul is currently in charge of the club’s B team.
ALLEGRI RETURNS TO JUVE (AGAIN)
In the third managerial boomerang of the week, Juventus have also come to the realisation that letting Massimiliano Allegri leave and installing Italy legend Andrea Pirlo in what was his first managerial role was, in fact, a bad idea.
Allegri was Real Madrid’s first choice to replace Zidane, but the lure of going back to a club where he won five successive league titles and reached the Champions League final twice over a five-year spell was too much to turn down.
The 53-year-old has reportedly verbally agreed to return and will sign a contract imminently with Pirlo being shown the door after just one season. His tenure saw Juve’s nine-year reign as Italian champions end and only managed to secure Champions League qualification on the final day of the season thanks to Napoli’s slip up.
INZAGHI TO INTER
As mentioned, Antonio Conte is no longer manager of Inter after his ambitions were at odds with the club’s, who made it clear he needed to oversee a player clear-out to raise about 80m euros to balance the books.
So they’ve decided to turn to Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi, who is expected to join on a two-year deal from their Serie A rivals.
Inzaghi has led Lazio since 2016 and won the Coppa Italia with them in 2019. However, they could only muster a sixth-place finish this season and ended up 23 points behind Conte’s champions at Inter.