After a long Premier League season, each manager has earned a rest before the rebuild. However, very few will get that well-deserved break. Instead, the summer has become a danger zone. Arsène Wenger has waved goodbye to Arsenal, while Sam Allardyce and David Moyes have already been sacked. Who’ll be the next to go, and who’ll come in to replace them?
Whether they win Saturday’s FA Cup Final or not, it looks highly unlikely that Antonio Conte will remain as Chelsea’s manager next season. The atmosphere has become toxic again and Roman Abramovich has never been slow to shake things up. There’s talk about a Chelsea-Napoli switch, with Maurizio Sarri arriving at Stamford Bridge.
Who will step in to fill Wenger’s big boots? There are two main schools of thought here. The first want a top name with lots of European experience and an interest in defending. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is their leading candidate. The second want a fresh young face with lots of ideas and ambition. Former player Mikel Arteta is their leading candidate, despite zero minutes of management. Who will win out?
Big Sam was a very unpopular choice when he took over in November. The fans wanted stylish attacking, not boring long balls. That, however, was exactly what Everton got, and it was horrible to watch. So horrible that last week, Allardyce got the sack. Will the board get their first-choice, Marco Silva, this time? Or will they go for a bigger name instead?
Will The Foxes learn from Southampton’s mistake and stick with Claude Puel this summer? He’s not the most exciting manager around but Leicester need consistency, especially if Riyad Mahrez is finally granted his wish to leave. Surely, mid-table is the best they’re going to get right now.
Like Big Sam, Moyes was an unpopular choice but he at least made improvements at West Ham. He got the best out of Marko Arnautović and found a role for misfit Arthur Masuaku. And yet, his reward for finishing 13th? The door. The club’s owners have promised to name a high-profile replacement shortly. Rafa Benítez and Manuel Pellegrini are the names mentioned so far.
After rescuing The Saints from relegation, does Mark Hughes deserve the job on a permanent basis? He thinks so and it’s hard to argue. He got the best out of the Southampton players in the last few weeks of the season, but what about over a whole season, or over two seasons?