As the Premier League season edges towards its halfway point, the chances of seeing managers and coaches being dismissed are increasing. As clubs panic over their poor early-season form, or seek changes to propel them higher up the table, out-of-work managers across the country and beyond will be rubbing their hands with anticipation at the prospect of landing another big gig.
There are several managers, well-known from their time with Premier League clubs, who are currently out of work. Some have been jobless longer than others, and for some, it may be that we never see them manage again. For now, let’s look at five former Premier League managers who are currently without a club.
Perhaps the biggest and most obvious name on our list, Mauricio Pochettino has been enjoying a break since he was sacked as head coach of Tottenham Hotspur in November 2019. It came as a surprise to many when Spurs gave Pochettino his marching orders, bringing in José Mourinho as his replacement, especially after the Argentine led the club to the Champions League final just months before, and helped make Tottenham consistent favourites in the football betting. Having had some time off, there’s no doubt that Pochettino will be looking forward to a new challenge at another big club soon.
Bournemouth and Eddie Howe parted company after the club’s relegation from the Premier League last season, but the young coach left with the well-wishes of everyone at the south-coast club, having led the Cherries out of the mire and into the promised land that is the English top flight. Howe would be a great option for any club looking for a long-term project, though it remains unclear whether Howe will take on the challenge of a Premier League team or will he join a Championship club to try and repeat the trick he achieved at Bournemouth.
For many years Alan Pardew was a stalwart Premier League manager, but in recent years he has found work in the top flight hard to come by. His last stint in English football was an attempt to save West Bromwich Albion from relegation in the 2017-18 season, but things did not go to plan and Pardew was shown the door after just four months in charge. It will be interesting to see whether another Premier League team takes a chance on Pardew in the near future.
Portuguese coach Marco Silva was once one of the most highly sought-after managers in the Premier League, after he brought a new lease of life to Hull City in the 2016-17 season, despite the club’s eventual relegation. Silva was quickly snapped up by Watford, and after a decent season at the Hertfordshire club, he made the move to Merseyside to manage Everton. However, things eventually soured between Silva and the Toffees. He was sacked in December 2019, and hasn’t held a managerial position since.
More of a left-field contender for a Premier League job, Arsène Wenger has not returned to the dugout since he left Arsenal in 2018. His current role is that of FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, but one wonders if the Frenchman still holds a desire to take on a new managerial role at some stage in the future.