It is looking set to be the most intriguing off-season summer for a long time in football. The top 3 clubs in the Premier League will have new managers at the start of the new season in August 2013 but only David Moyes is certain to be in charge, i.e. at Manchester United, although Manchester City and Chelsea are close to confirming their new managers, if you believe the speculation.
Not too far down the table, Everton and Stoke are looking for new managers - Stoke's Tony Pulis having been pulled after 7 years in the Potteries. And if Michael Laudrup ends up going being headhunted by one of the big clubs in England or in Europe, Swansea could be looking for their third manager in as many seasons through no fault of their own.
|Shame we won't see a repeat of these under Manchester club guises|
Speaking of Europe, Real Madrid and PSG will be looking for new managers as will Malaga who could possibly end up being the destination of a former Premier League manager. Even broke Inter may be on the lookout for a new coach following their worst season in recent times - under Andrea Stramaccioni, the 2010 European and world champions finished 9th well off the European places in a season where they lost 15 games, and with Roberto Mancini now available, what chance will the former Inter manager return to his old stomping ground where he won the Scudetto 3 years in a row?
So looking at my crystal ball, here's what I see..
Manchester City - Manuel Pellegrini
Chelsea - Jose Mourinho
Everton - Martin O'Neill
Swansea - Michael Laudrup
Stoke City - Roberto di Matteo
Real Madrid - Carlo Ancelotti
Malaga - Roberto Martinez
Internazionale/Napoli - Roberto Mancini
PSG - Rafael Benitez