9 managers who won’t be in their jobs at the start of next season
1. Unai Emery (PSG)
Emery may not have been immediately sacked following PSG’s Champions League elimination, but a 5-2 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid means it’s only a matter of time before he gets the bullet.
A failure to take the French capital club to the next level in Europe – PSG were knocked out in the last 16 for both of Emery’s attempts – means the former Sevilla coach will be dismissed regardless of the fact his side look set to win Ligue 1 at a canter. A failure to successfully manage the dressing room’s multitude of egos hasn’t helped, although that sizeable task may be beyond even the best bosses in the business. Luis Enrique is the rumoured frontrunner to take over.
2. Alan Pardew (West Brom)
Quite frankly, it’s a miracle he’s still in this job right now. Pardew can't be held responsible for all of West Brom’s failings this term, but the club’s hierarchy have still shown a surprising degree of leniency by sticking with the former Newcastle and Crystal Palace boss who’s overseen just one Premier League victory in 16 attempts.
The Baggies are now eight points adrift of safety and look doomed to relegation, so it would be sensible for the board to begin preparations for the Championship next season. Those plans surely won’t include Pards staying on.
3. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)
Wenger recently endured one of the toughest weeks of his career when Arsenal lost to Manchester City in the League Cup final, then again in the Premier League before Brighton also humbled the Gunners. It amplified calls for the long-serving Frenchman to step aside this summer.
There have been some suggestions that Wenger may yet cling on and see out the final year of his contract if Arsenal win the Europa League. Yet the desire for change could prove overwhelming, and it was notable that a seven-man managerial shortlist appeared across the media last month. After 22 years at the helm, Wenger looks to be approaching the denouement of his tenure in north London.
4. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
The 2017/18 La Liga campaign has been one to forget for Real Madrid, whose title hopes were effectively ended before the winter break. The defending champions are presently 15 points off the pace, but their continued participation in the Champions League has kept under-fire manager Zidane in a job.
Madrid eased through to the quarter-finals at the expense of PSG, but a failure to go all the way could result in the notoriously trigger-happy Florentino Perez bidding Zizou adios. Or perhaps the former France international will take matters into his own hands and conclude that his future lies elsewhere after two-and-a-half energy-sapping years at the Bernabeu.
5. Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich)
Arturo Vidal was the latest Bayern Munich player to insist that Heynckes extend his third spell as manager into next season – a hope which is shared by those who sit upstairs. The veteran German has done a fine job since replacing Carlo Ancelotti in October, taking Bayern through to the last eight of the Champions League and to the verge of yet another Bundesliga crown.
But despite his good work, the 72-year-old has continually dismissed the suggestion he might extend his stay beyond the current campaign, telling Bild: “Bayern will have a suitable coach in the summer… it’s up to the board [who they appoint].”