The global manager merry-go-round has the spotlight firmly on the Bayern Munich hot seat after Niko Kovac took the fall for his team’s recent 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt. This just a few months after guiding the team to a League and Cup double. Such is the cut-throat nature of life at a top club.
Up stepped Arsene Wenger … remember him? Jose Mourinho also threw his tarnished name into the hat. Wenger looked like the front runner and a perfect it – especially with former Bayern greats such as Oliver Kahn calling for a long-term appointment. They don’t come any more longer term than Wenger! While Wenger had some promising discussions with the club’s hierarchy, it looks like Bayern will stick with caretaker manager Hansi Flick. He did his chances no harm by overseeing a 4-0 hammering of rivals Borussia Dortmund over the weekend. The bookies have him as odds on favourite to become permanent manager.
The door at one of Wenger’s old clubs, Arsenal, is slightly ajar too. Unai Emery has reportedly been given 6 games to save his job after an iffy start to the season. Just across the way in North London, things aren’t so rosey at Spurs either. Mauricio Pochettino has claimed he is committed to the club but how much more patience will chairman Daniel Levy have with him? My strong advice would be to not hit the panic button as Poch is one of the best managers in the world. Spurs will not find better right now. It’s highly unlikely that Arsenal or Spurs would consider either of Mourinho or Wenger for their manager roles should they make them vacant.
The noise around the coveted – or not so coveted – Manchester United spot looks to have quietened down a bit with Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s team enjoying a mini-revival of late. Likewise at the Real Madrid hot seat with Zinedane Zidane somehow managing to keep his collection of massive egos – including his own – focussed.
Speaking of ego’s, Mourinho may be addressing his next resume to the offices of Napoli as there seems to be some unrest in Sicily. Respected and well decorated manager Carlo Ancelotti has had a fall out with volatile club president Aurelio De Laurentiis. De Laurentiis ordered his players to a punitive one week training camp after losing to Roma recently. The players ignored the order with Ancelotti seeming to back his players. This has not gone down well with De Laurentiis and it seems like there is an open war going on there. Managers usually don’t survive long in such environments – particularly when results aren’t there to fall back on. Napoli currently find themselves a distant 13 points off the top and in an unacceptable 7th place in Serie A. They could gamble on Mourinho.
Mourinho is clearly so desperate to get a top job – like the kid in the front of the class waving his hand in the air to answer the teacher’s question. It seems he may have to wait longer than he would have expected as the merry-go-round slows and other candidates show more promise. The toxic environments he created at Chelsea and Manchester United are currently too much of a risk for any of the top teams to take, despite his decorated history.
That kid in front of the class is nowhere near the front of the queue at the tuck shop. As for Wenger, it’s almost as if he has been punished for being at Arsenal too long – like a movie star who has been identified as a character in a certain role and can’t shake the stereotype.
MyTwoCents thinks it’s game over for both of them – especially when it comes to the big jobs.