Inter Miami CF is still searching for their coach. Several technicians, and not small ones, are also on the market, on the lookout for a new challenge.
For a career coach, the possibility of getting fired is a daunting reality. Javi Garcia’s outing from Watford reminds us that the coaching profession is very fragile. The Spaniard, who had one of the best seasons in the history of the Hornets in the Premier League last season, was sacked after four games and only one point on the league scoreboard. His compadre Quique Sanchez Flores, who had already officiated at the head of the English club, replaced him at short notice. Like Garcia, others are looking for new challenges and could be a fit at Inter Miami CF. We are obviously thinking of José Mourinho. The Portuguese, sacked by Manchester United earlier this year, said no to a gold bridge from China.
The Special One, which was on a media tour in recent days, is fishing for a challenge up to his standards. “My friends tell me to enjoy my free time, enjoy my months of July and August, enjoy what I have and never had before. But if I’m honest, I can not enjoy it! I’m not happy enough to enjoy it. I miss football, I still have the sacred fire,” said the Lusitanian at Sky Sports recently. Speaking to beIN Sports, Arsène Wenger, replaced by Unai Emery at Arsenal last summer, said he was eager to feel the fields again. “I can not imagine not going back to a sideline. (…) I would like to relive once again the intensity of the competition,” said the French.
Other French coaches like Rudi Garcia, who was fired by Olympique Marseille at the end of last season and Laurent Blanc, who has been waiting for his turn since his departure from Paris SG in the 2016. Blanc’s 1998 French World Championship teammate, Thierry Henry is also hoping for a fresh chance to show off his skills on a bench. Henry, whose adventure at AS Monaco during the last year was very ephemeral (October 13, 2018-24 January 2019). “I do not think of the negative. I still want to be a coach. I love football and I think I can be a good coach. I do not think about the difficulty, I do not think about failure. I do not like the ease. I like to lead and it’s up to me to get there,” he told the Telegraph recently.
Serious names looking for their next challenge
The former coach and ex-Monaco striker, Claude Puel is also ready to bounce back after his experience with Leicester City. His name is also circulating recently in Portugal, where he is a candidate for the vacancy on the side of Sporting CP (the Dutchman Marcel Keizer having been removed from his duties during this last international break). Mickaël Landreau (ex-Lorient), Jocelyn Gouvennec (formerly Guingamp) and Antoine Kombouaré (ex-Dijon), are without contracts since this summer, are also waiting to receive offers.
Massimiliano Allegri, winner of five titles in Serie A and four Italian Cups, is also in the starting blocks. There were talks of the Italian joining Paris SG since Thomas Tuchel’s position is fragile, but he still sits pending the rebound. On the other side of the Alps, there are several in his case. Luciano Spalletti (formerly Inter Milan), Claudio Ranieri (formerly AS Roma), Gennaro Gattuso (formerly AC Milan), Cesare Prandelli (formerly Genoa), Francesco Guidolin (formerly Swansea) and Massimo Carrera ( ex-Spartak Moscow) to name a few.
The situation is also true in Spain, where Quique Setién (formerly Betis), Abdelardo (formerly Alavés), Aitor Karanka (formerly Middlesbrough), Juande Ramos (ex-Malaga), Oscar Garcia (formerly Saint-Etienne) and Pablo Machin (ex-Sevilla FC) do not have a job. Marcelino has just been thanked by Valencia against a background of institutional crisis. Transferred from Real Madrid after a short interim (29 October 2018-11 March 2019) to make room for the return of Zinedine Zidane, Argentina’s Santiago Solari is also on the market. Same for his compadre José Pekerman (formerly Colombia), the Brazilian Dunga and the whimsical Zdenek Zeman. A non-exhaustive list that will no doubt give some ideas to Beckham and Mas…