Managerial merry-go-round 

Torbay Weekly

Times are changing with some managers now in positions to dictate their futures.

It is interesting to see some managers in the football world making decisions on their futures by leaving clubs where they have been successful or by turning down opportunities which have been presented to them by deciding that the clubs philosophy / ambition or contract understanding is not allowing them to be given the best possible chance of being successful.

Everton were stunned by Carlo Ancelotti's departure for Real Madrid.

The 61 year old signed a three-year contract with the Spanish club with their president Florentino Perez making a concrete effort to rehire the three times Champions League-winning coach.

Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands attempted to persuade Ancelotti to honour his £11m-a-year contract during talks at their training ground but to no avail.

The Italian had three years remaining on the deal he signed in December 2019 but a compensation package was agreed swiftly between the clubs.

Ancelotti stated that he had been presented with an unexpected opportunity which he believed was the right move for him and his family.

This leaves Everton looking for their sixth permanent manager in five years.

Following Ancelotti’s departure on June 1, Everton are still searching for his replacement with Nuno Espirito Santo, who left Wolves in May, the favourite to be given the job.

Sam Allardyce turned down WBA offer to stay on as manager. Allardyce said he felt unable to commit to Albion for the long term and sees himself being a short-term manager, as a troubleshooter or a Red Adair.

I can understand his decision and assume that he has experienced and enjoyed his family life outside of football and is in a financial position where he can dictate where and how he works.

I would not be surprised if Albion was his final job and Big Sam calls it a day to spend more time at home with his family. There is life outside of football.

Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is regarded as one of the best young managers in the game and tipped as a future England manager.

The step away from management has given Howe a chance to embrace family time, and he is not in a rush to embark on his next managerial adventure.

Howe said: “I made the decision for the best interests of Bournemouth and for myself. I wanted to be at home with my family. I wanted to see my kids grow up."

Being an ex-football manager, I can totally understand his decision as the job being a football manger is 24/7 and 365 days a year.

Eddie has obviously got himself into a financial position to be able to dictate if and when to go back into management at a club of his choice with his philosophy and ambition.

Antonio Conte left his role as Inter Milan head coach after leading Inter to their first Serie A title in 11 years.

Conte was embroiled in a dispute with the club’s owners after they proposed a downsizing of his squad.

Inter chairman Steven Zhang reportedly asked Conte to cut his wage bill by 15 to 20 per cent and potentially sell players worth up to £70m this summer.

Conte was keen to keep up to eight players he saw as untouchables which included Milan Skriniar, Romelu Lukaka and Lautaro Martinez.

According to reports in Italy, the club’s decision could include the sale of one of the star players and a move to focus more on developing young players.

Conte mutually agreed a deal to leave Milan, which will see him paid £6m for the final year of his contract.

This leaves one of the best managers in the world unemployed.

Conte, for me, would be an obvious choice for any of the world’s elite clubs as his record of winning trophies is massively impressive - 4 x Italian Championships , 2 x Italian Super Cups, 1 x Italienischer Zweitligameister , 1 x English Premier League  1 x English FA Cup,  with a Premier League record of 76 matches, 51 wins 10 draws and 15 losses. Goals for 147 Goals against 71.

Next job Man United? (Watch this space)

The list of managers currently out of work includes the likes of Rafa Benitez , Roy Hodgson, Frank Lampard, Chris Wilder, Zinedine Zidane, Bruno Labbadia, Nuno Espirito Santo, Rudi Garcia, Vitor Pereira, Marco Silva  to name just a few.

The elite managers are now paid so well many have put themselves in a very strong position where they can decide if the offer on the table suits their philosophy and gives them the best possible chance of being or becoming successful.

I also believe that they are no longer prepared to accept decisions on player recruitment unless they have the final say.

Loyalty is something that is very rarely seen in the game these days as finance and personal requirements and managerial understanding usually dictate the decisions.

Finally - good luck to TUFC on Sunday. I’m sure they can achieve promotion back into the Football League. My prediction 2- 0.