European clubs seeking new managers this summer

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Every summer a number of high-profile managers at big clubs make a move elsewhere.

The increase in rich owners and trigger-happy chairmen means there are now a number of people in important jobs at big football clubs who will gladly pay off their managers in order to bring a new face.

Here are some of the possible job vacancies this summer:


After a somewhat shaky start Rafael Benitez seems to have found a way with his Chelsea team but the bitterness of the fans after an impromptu sacking of Champions League winner Roberto Di Matteo has led to it being impossible for him to continue in his role. 

Real Madrid

Renowned as the hardest job in football, managing Real Madrid has driven another coach - Jose Mourinho - on to seek pastures new. He has announced his interest in other jobs and it seems almost certain that he will now leave at the end of the season.

Manchester City

While Manchester United cruised to the title in style this season, the Manchester City hierarchy have been wondering what happened. Many are pinning the failures on Roberto Mancini not spending well enough in the summer and someone knew could be brought in with the incentive of a huge transfer fund.

Inter Milan

A mid-season slump of form has resulted in a very real prospect of Inter finishing outside of the European places - and Andrea Stramaccioni has been blamed. Like Manchester City, any new manager should have a large spending fund.


With the possible vacancy at Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti has been strongly linked with the job. Having committed his future to 'Le Project' this may be unlikely but Madrid are capable of luring even the very best.

Manchester United

This one is very unlikely but having finally won their 20th title, Sir Alex Ferguson may decide enough is enough. Manchester is well and truly red at the moment and you know he won't leave until he is comfortably on top.

So if there are vacancies at these clubs and presumably others which aren't obvious at the moment, who will be the men to take the reigns?

Apart from Ferguson, all five of those above could take a job at any of these clubs.

Manuel Pellegrini from Malaga is favourite for the Chelsea job at the moment and that could leave his current club open, while Martin O'Neill, who was somewhat harshly sacked from Sunderland, could be a surprise candidate - albeit at not quite such a high calibre of club. 

Whatever happens this summer, there's sure to be a lot of movement.


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