What a tumultuous 48 hours it had been in European Football! As if the 21-goal penalty shootout was not enough and while the world was still not out of the dramatic final in Poland, top coaches started to say goodbye to their respective clubs. Excellent coaches like Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte decided to leave while coaches like Andrea Pirlo felt the pressure and had to move towards the exit door.
In the past 48 hours:
▪️ Zidane leaves Madrid
▪️ Conte leaves Inter
▪️ Inzaghi leaves Lazio, expected to join Inter
▪️ Pirlo expected to be fired by Juve, Allegri expected to return
▪️ Donnarumma leaving Milan
▪️ 21-penalty shootout in the Europa League final
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And now, the positions are vacant, and the search for the best man is on.
It seems that clubs like Juventus and Inter have already found their men to lead, but the speculations regarding others are circulating in the football arena.
He could follow in Zidane’s footsteps by stepping up to the first team from Castilla. He is impressive with the B team, and he is well thought of at the club.
The ex-Inter boss has a lot of experience and almost guarantees domestic success, having delivered league titles with Juventus, Chelsea, and most recently Inter.
— Brett Frazier (@B_Frazier82) May 27, 2021
His 3-5-2 setup would likely work a treat in the Spanish capital, though Sergio Ramos has had his say on the Italian – albeit indirectly – when he was almost close to joining the club in the past.
The Argentine has been linked with Real Madrid on a number of occasions in the past, and he knows his way around La Liga, having cut his teeth at Espanyol.
Real Madrid have made Mauricio Pochettino their top managerial target after Zinedine Zidane's exit, Goal can confirm 🗣 pic.twitter.com/c8yx4PEfEq
— Goal (@goal) May 27, 2021
His Paris Saint-Germain future is anything but certain, too, meaning he could well be available for a move this summer.
The least likely of all of the candidates, but he has impressed with Real Sociedad B. Making the step from Sanse to Real Madrid would be a big jump, even though, Xabi expressed that he is happy with where he is right now.
The return has been suggested in recent days, but it might just be too soon for the Argentine to go to the club at which he knows he has unfinished business.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 27, 2021
He is apparently still on good terms with Daniel Levy, though, so he might be open to the idea of a potential rebuilding project should Harry Kane be sold.
The German declared his interest in the job, though is unlikely to be considered as a serious candidate.
Inter reportedly met with the Lazio boss on Monday, before Antonio Conte had even left the club, and he expressed his interest in succeeding the departing ex-Juventus coach.
Official. Inzaghi leaves Lazio and he’s gonna sign as new Inter manager.
Allegri will be announced soon as new Juventus manager – Pirlo will be sacked.
Spalletti is one step away from joining Napoli as new manager.
Antonio Conte will decide his future ‘in the next few days’.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 27, 2021
He is almost confirmed as the next boss of Inter, and there’s every reason to feel that this could turn out to be a case of the right man at the wrong time. Inzaghi deserves a project that allows a team to be built, but there are real fears at Inter that their Scudetto-winning squad will be taken apart in order to raise funds.
That said, he has proven himself to be a fine coach and he will back his abilities to make another title push with the Italian champions next season.
Out of work, the former Juventus, Napoli, and Chelsea boss is likely to see his name linked with a number of jobs this summer. It’s hard to know how he would manage the current Inter crop though, as succeeding Conte hasn’t always done him a lot of good.
The Bologna coach’s name was mentioned as a candidate before the seriousness of the talks with Inzaghi became known. Despite him having done good work in Emilia-Romagna, his appointment would have indicated a big backward step.
Having won five Serie A titles in his five years at the club, Allegri looks as though he is set to return to Turin and as per reports, it is almost sure that he would be the next coach of Juventus.
Massimiliano Allegri has agreed a contract with Juventus until 2025, Goal can confirm 📝 pic.twitter.com/KawTVaze5c
— Goal (@goal) May 27, 2021
Things have gone badly for Juventus since his exit, and they’re now far away from the two Champions League finals he led them to in 2015 and 2017.
Still, the name of Zinedine Zidane is heard as the next replacement.
Reports in Italy suggested that his appointment was only a matter of time earlier in the week, but Napoli’s fiery president Aurelio De Laurentiis has since insisted that the new coach at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona will be Italian.
It’s hard to think of a more Italian coach than Italiano, despite the Speiza boss having been born in Germany.
With only Spezia under his belt in Serie A, though, he’s probably more likely to make the step up to either Hellas Verona or Sassuolo.
The ex-Inter and Roma boss is the new favourite to replace Gennaro Gattuso in Campania, and he has shown in the past that he is more than capable of taking on the bigger jobs in Italy.