Inherited messes, abusive owners & political unrest: this season's toughest gigs

It's supposed to be the time of year for high hopes and unrealistic expectations – but not for this lot, says Nathan Salt...

1) Ronald Koeman, Southampton

Why it’s a nightmare job
Last season’s success under Mauricio Pochettino has made life difficult for new Southampton boss Koeman, with players having departed St.Mary’s en masse for the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool in the Premier League's upper echelons. With Morgan Schneiderlin also throwing his dummy out of the pram over a move to Tottenham on Twitter, the Dutchman has had his work cut out from the off. The Saints' opening game of the season at Anfield could pit them against former stars Adam Lallana (currently injured), Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert, for whom Brendan Rodgers paid a combined £49 million for their services.
 
Koeman has begun his major rebuilding by bringing in the likes of Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Saphir Taider, but he has a huge task emulating last season’s heroics.
 
What does he have to do to succeed?
Follow Pochettino’s lead. The Argentine's trust in academy grads like Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse and Calum Chambers was rewarded, and in Koeman the south coast side have no better man to continue the job. With expectations lowered after this summer of pain, success lies in a mid-table finish as the Dutchman aims to fuse together his brand new team.
 

2) Filippo Inzaghi, AC Milan

Why it’s a nightmare job
Being a club legend far from guarantees job security anymore – just ask Clarence Seedorf, the man who warmed the Milan hotseat for his former team-mate. Inzaghi has enhanced his coaching reputation behind the scenes with the Rossoneri's Under-19s, but his credentials will be scrutinised on a weekly basis in the top job with a troubled Milan side. That's not just by the fans and snooping press, either: with Silvio Berlusconi around, no one's job is safe. 
 
What does he have to do to succeed?
The minimum requirement from the former striker is a Champions League finish. Failure to achieve that, and he will most likely join Seedorf in the scrapheap of Milano managers who didn’t make the grade. With the likes of Mario Balotelli at his disposal, Inzaghi needs to prove his worth by getting the most out of his top players. Seedorf paid the price for failing to do so. 
 
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