Eighteen teams from the Premier League and Championship have changed their manager since the beginning of the 2015/16 season.
With an increasing number of managerial dismissals season on season, it is becoming more and more obvious that football managers are often not given enough time to turn things around at a club before they are being ushered back out of the revolving door of the managerial merry-go-round.
However, as one door closes for a manager, it soon opens for another and, generally, it is not too long a wait before the closed door opens once again, presenting a whole new and entirely different challenge. Of course, there are managers who have been out of work for so long that they are linked to every single job vacancy going – Alan Curbishley anyone?
I often wonder what unemployed football managers get up to whilst they are out of a job. Do they continue to follow particular clubs and certain results? Are they thinking about what might have been? Will they be polishing their CV ready for their next challenge?
With that thought in mind, here are five mangers currently looking for another job…
Roberto Di Matteo (Resigned from FC Schalke – May 2015)
Di Matteo resigned from FC Schalke following a run of two wins in just ten games, which ultimately cost the German side a Champions League spot.
However, the former Chelsea and Lazio midfielder has a fantastic win percentage ratio of 50.7% and picks up an average of 1.79 points per game.
In his short career, the Italian has not only secured promotion to the Premier League but has also won both the FA Cup and the Champions League. Having previously risen through the managerial ranks from MK Dons, to West Bromwich Albion and then finally Chelsea, you would expect the Italian to be returning to the dugout sometime soon.
David Moyes (Sacked by Real Sociedad – November 2015)
Moyes is one of the few bosses in the modern era that knows what it is like to manage a club for an extended period of time. He was with Everton from March 2002 until June 2013, taking charge of a total of 500 games; winning more than 200.
Many would argue that he should never have left Merseyside, and whilst this may be true, he actually never won any silverware during his time there and averaged a higher points-per-game ratio upon joining Manchester United.
However, things didn’t quite work out for the Scot as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson and he lasted less than a year at Old Trafford, and again in his following role with Spanish side Real Sociedad.
Brendan Rodgers (Sacked by Liverpool – October 2015)
Rodgers made his mark on English football during his time in charge of Swansea City, having previously managed Reading and Watford, both somewhat unsuccessfully, beforehand.
During his two-year spell with the Welsh side, Rogers won 43 out of his 96 games as manager and guided them to the Premier League via the Championship play-off final.
In June 2012, the Northern Irish boss was announced as Kenny Dalglish’s replacement at Liverpool. Whilst in Merseyside, Rodgers won over 50% of the matches he took charge of and averaged around 1.77 points per game. He was dismissed after three-and-a-half years at the club and is looking for an imminent return to the footballing world this summer.
Rafa Benitez (Sacked by Real Madrid – January 2016)
With a wealth of managerial experience in both the English and Spanish leagues, including with teams such as Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid, Rafa Benitez would be a prime candidate for any of the top vacancies available across the footballing world.
In his most recent position with Real Madrid, many would argue that he was harshly treated, with the Spanish giants sitting third in the league at the time of his dismissal.
Benitez is the only manager in history to have won the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup, and the Spaniard will be expected to make a quick return to duties in the dugout.
Jose Mourinho (Sacked by Chelsea – December 2015)
Jose Mourinho, thought of as one of the greatest and most successful managers in the world, is currently jobless after a torrid start to the 2015/16 season.
After suffering their worst start to a Premier League campaign ever, losing nine of their first 16 games, Chelsea dismissed the Portuguese boss just months into his new four-year contract.
It has been widely speculated that the ‘Special One’ is next in line for the Old Trafford job and will replace Louis van Gaal at the start of next season. With a win percentage of 65.4% and an average of 2.16 points per game, if this rumour is to be believed, it could be exactly what Manchester United have been searching for since the departure of Sir Alex.