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The 2017 Coaching Carousel

The 2016-2017 season is drawing to a close in Europe, and this can only mean one thing, the silly season is about to begin! Last summer, we saw huge transfer fees paid for Paul Pogba and Gonzalo Higuain, but many would argue that the biggest transfers were on the sidelines, and not on the pitch. Carlo Ancelotti came in at Bayern to replace Pep Guardiola, who moved to City, and Antonio Conte, on the heels of a successful Euro run with the Italian National Team, returned Chelsea to the top of the Premier League. With the 2017 summer silly season upon us, we look at the top 5 coaches who could be leaving their posts for greener pastures. What we’ve discovered is that it looks more like a carousel than a transfer window!

Diego Simeone

As reported by Nima Tavallaey here, the Atletico Madrid boss met with Inter top brass and legend Javier Zanetti to discuss the Argentinian’s potential move to the San Siro for the 2017-2018 season. Simeone has made it well known that he would like to eventually coach his former club in Italy, but has also stated that he would like to be there for the opening of the new stadium in Madrid later this year. His emotions are surely at a crossroads, but the reports of a three year €6 million offer may be enough to focus his emotions to Milan. If Simeone decides to stay in Madrid a little longer, reports suggest that the second choice is current Roma boss Luciano Spalletti. With THAT in mind……..

Unai Emery

Many in Paris expected Emery to get PSG over the Champions League hump based on his success at Sevilla winning three Europa League titles. It has not fared quite as well for the Spaniard, and reports are that PSG are looking in another direction. Combine that with the fact that Monchi was recently hired as sporting director at Roma, many have linked both Emery and Monchi in a Roman reunion. If Emery decides to leave the Parisian side……..

Leonardo Jardim

Jardim has experienced one of the most successful seasons in recent French football history. He took a very young team to the semifinals of the Champions League, he won the Ligue 1 title, and in the process, took one of the most defensive sides in European football, and turned them into the most explosive, scoring 107 goals in league play. With the link between Emery and Roma, many in Paris have set their sites on the main man in the principality. Jardim has expressed his want to stay in Monaco, but the PSG draw may be too strong to resist.

Thomas Tuchel

Tuchel may be the equivalent of Jardim in Germany when it comes to coaching young prolific scoring sides. Dortmund (eliminated by Monaco in the Champions League) had the second highest goal total in the Bundesliga this season, including top goal scorer Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. This, combined with a great deal of youth in Ousmane Dembele, Christian Pulisic, and Julian Weigl, has ranked Tuchel among the better coaches to develop young talent. He is considered the top man to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, following Pep and Jurgen Klopp as Bundesliga coaches making the jump to the Premier League. With the potential vacancy at Dortmund…….

Lucien Favre

The head man at Nice improved his side by 15 points in league play, earning them a spot in next year’s Champions League qualification round, a competition they haven’t participated in since the 59-60 season when it was known as the European Cup. The former Monchengladbach man has caught the eye of the top brass in Dortmund, and if Tuchel decides to jump to England, Favre is the top choice to return to Germany.

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