The wanted men

These two men seem to be the modern-day version of Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino or even Sean Dyche for good measure. What these three men have in common is that, whenever a managerial vacancy would come up, then one of these three names will get linked with the post.

On the odd occasion, it might be all three. In the current times, Rodgers is in a job with Leicester and has enjoyed success with The Foxes. The Northern Irishman achieved successive fifth-place finishes and even won the FA Cup with Leicester, which was the first in their history.

The former Swansea, Liverpool, and Celtic manager’s stock was very high and it seemed that any remotely attractive job vacancy that was available and his name would get linked to the job.

With the struggles of Leicester City this season and the apparent stagnation, it appears those interested parties that would want to acquire his services when they had job vacancies at their club, have disappeared.

To be fair to Brendan Rodgers, he hasn’t had the backing that’s needed to help overhaul this Leicester squad. He’s good, but he’s not a miracle worker. This is the same that could be said of our next example, former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The former Southampton and Espanyol coach was hired by Southampton after the popular Nigel Adkins lost his job. South Coast side Southampton’s board, got a lot of criticism for the decision.

Pochettino did a brilliant job at St Mary’s and was hired by Tottenham boss Daniel Levy, which saw The Lillywhites get to the Champions League final. Despite the end of Poch’s time at Spurs ending in disappointing fashion, it was fair to say his stock was still high.

So it was of little or no surprise that he was linked with countless jobs in Europe. To the surprise of some, the 51-year-old took the PSG job.
In some ways, it wasn’t surprising as he was a former player and captain there, but with the way operations work at the Parc De Princes and how Mauricio Pochettino works best, this was a marriage of convenience.

It depends on how you look at it if it was a good thing or not, but Pochettino would last for barely a season and be sacked in due course. The Argentine did win the French version of the FA Cup and also the league title too, but both manager and club seemed desperate to part ways.

Since then Maurcio Pochettino has been out of work and it doesn’t look clear as to where his next job will be. Now for the final person on our list of three managers is former Burnley manager Sean Dyche.

The Ginger Mourinho as some call him helped keep The Clarets in the Premier League for a prolonged period, despite being on a shoestring budget. Although maybe not the most pleasing on the eye, Dyche’s men got results.

The former Watford boss did take some time away from the game till he took the Everton job, where he has three of his seven games in charge, which has helped The Toffee’s climb out of the bottom three.

With the examples of the other two, their popularity waned to struggling in one job, but in the example of Sean Dyche, he didn’t get too many reported offers as he was taking some time away.

So with those three managers in mind, we wanted to talk about some managers who are currently doing outstanding jobs for their clubs.

The first example is of Ange Postecoglou. Australian Postecoglou became manager of The Hoops with little to no fan fair. It can be argued fans were bracing themselves for the arrival of Eddie Howe, which of course didn’t work out.

To the former Yokohama F Marinos boss’ credit, he’s shown he’s justified his appointment by Celtic. Such has been the success of Postecoglou, he too like Rodgers before him has been linked with some respectable jobs in England.

Leeds United were interested in the 57-year-old before they hired Javi Gracia and now Tottenham are said to be interested too, as it looks almost certain Antonio Conte will be leaving his job at Tottenham Hotspur stadium, come the end of the season.

Honourable mentions for managers who succeed in jobs, and earmark them for jobs must go to Rafa Benitez and Ruben Amorim amongst others, but we want to give Roberto De Zerbi the appreciation he deserves.

The former Sassuolo and Shakhtar manager, who had to leave his job in Ukraine due to the war, has proved many doubters wrong. Not us here at, but no the clueless ones at Talksport.

They do have some good views on this station, but some terrible like that De Zerbi won’t be able to cut it here in England. Predecessor Graham Potter did a good job at The Amex Stadium and was linked with many big jobs, ultimately accepting the Chelsea one.

If the rumours are to be believed about the Italian Roberto De Zerbi, then he too like Potter before him is seeing his work getting noticed. So this is a compilation of managers who are reaping rewards for their good work.
The question is, have we missed anyone?

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