9 managers who won’t be in their jobs at the start of next season
6. Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
Conte’s departure before the start of next season has looked inevitable for many months now, with the relationship between dugout and boardroom irreparably damaged. The ex-Juventus manager has been frustrated by a perceived lack of financial backing, while Roman Abramovich is unwilling to give Conte more control over transfers despite last season’s title triumph.
Alessandro Costacurta, the Italian FA’s vice-commissioner, has already claimed that the former Azzurri boss is the organisation’s No.1 choice to return to the role, and Conte has also been linked with PSG and Milan. It would be a major shock if the former midfielder is still at Stamford Bridge in August.
7. Sam Allardyce (Everton)
After failing to lure Marco Silva or Paulo Fonseca to Goodison Park in the autumn, Everton turned to Allardyce in the belief that they were set for a season of struggle. Yet by the time the former England boss assumed control, the Toffees were five points and five places above the bottom three – which meant the club’s fans were always less likely to tolerate Allardyce’s pragmatic brand of football.
The 63-year-old hasn’t exactly helped his cause by criticising supporters’ expectations, which he recently implied were unrealistic with the comment: “I wouldn’t be all right if I was 15 years younger… the pressure.” A parting of ways – and lucrative pay-off – would probably suit all parties this summer.
8. Peter Stoger (Borussia Dortmund)
A disastrous run of form between mid-October and mid-December brought a premature end to Peter Bosz’s tenure at Signal Iduna Park. Eyebrows were raised when Stoger – who’d recently been sacked by bottom-of-the-table Cologne – was installed as the Dutchman’s replacement, but the 51-year-old has stabilised the club and made Champions League qualification more likely than not.
Nevertheless, there are doubts about whether Stoger is the right man to lead Dortmund into next season, with the Austrian having fielded criticism for his preferred style of play. His exit isn’t inevitable, but BVB may be tempted to look elsewhere ahead of 2018/19.
9. David Moyes (West Ham)
“I didn't do enough due diligence before taking the Sunderland job,” Moyes said at his unveiling as West Ham boss in November. “I came back and made a poor choice in the club I chose.”
Recent events in east London would suggest the Scot has made the same mistake again, joining West Ham at a time when supporters’ mutiny against the ownership was bubbling dangerously under the surface.
The out-of-form Hammers look to be in massive trouble for their battle against the drop. Even if they do stay up, Moyes may not be too keen on the idea of sticking around for much longer – although given that he's only contracted until the end of the campaign, West Ham might not stick with him anyway.