What if they were the stars of the transfer window? They are the coaches. This summer 2021, several technicians are on the market and ready to take up a new challenge, both in France and abroad. In France first of all, many benches have been left free. This is the case in Lille. Sacred champions of France on Sunday, the Mastiffs will have to find a new coach since Christophe Galtier has announced his departure. Courted by Naples, the French technician should stay in France where Nice and OL, who have separated from Adrian Ursea and Rudi Garcia, want him. And everyone has arguments to make.
On the Rhone side, the resources and staff made available are significant, not to mention that Galtier maintains a good relationship with Jean-Michel Aulas. On the Riviera side, beyond getting closer to his family, he would be at the head of an ambitious project. The 54-year-old coach will announce his decision fairly quickly. In the event of failure, OL would explore various avenues, such as those leading to Jorge Jesus, Patrick Vieira or Lucien Favre. The name of the Swiss was also mentioned in Lille, as well as those of Leonardo Jardim, Thiago Motta, Fatih Terim or Laurent Blanc, who should not come.
Things are moving in L1!
On the Angers side, Stéphane Moulin, loyal to the SCO for ten years, is leaving. Announced on the Caen side, he will be replaced by Gérald Baticle, Garcia’s former assistant in Lyon. At the end of the contract in Strasbourg, Thierry Laurey is also on the market. To take over, Julien Stéphan, free since leaving Rennes, is the top priority. In Reims, Oscar Garcia will take over from David Guion, ready to take on a new challenge as he announced. The same goes for Michel Der Zakarian, who leaves Montpellier with the feeling of duty accomplished. The people of Hérault also think of Laurent Batlles, promoted with ESTAC.
Asked by France Blue, the latter confided: “For now, I have two years of contract in Troyes. I’m already focusing on my club and then we’ll see what happens ”. Olivier Dall’Oglio (Brest) is not certain to continue in Brest, just like Jean-Louis Gasset, who would like to go to the end of his last year of contract in Bordeaux. Antoine Kombouaré, he was clear. He will leave in the event of relegation to L2. Currently in dams, the Canaries could therefore lose Kanak if they ever descend to the lower level. A priori quiet about his coach, PSG could finally also change.
The market is also igniting abroad
A few days ago, The Independent revealed that Tottenham were studying the option of bringing back Mauricio Pochettino. A trainer who knows the house well. Arrived last winter in the French capital, the Argentinian would seriously consider the idea of returning to England. Especially since he was not thrilled by his first months in Paris, where the operation of the club would not really please him. The Athletic specifies that Pochettino should resign. This would be a blow for the residents of the Parc des Princes, who should be looking for a new strong man.
However, the PSG boss is not the only coach to please Spurs. Roberto Martinez, who wants to find a club after Euro 2020 with Belgium, or Antonio Conte are appreciated. And concerning the latter, this track, which was still impossible a few days ago, could become serious. On Wednesday, Inter Milan announced that the Italian coach was stepping down a few days after his Serie A coronation. To replace him, the Gazzetta dello Sport cites the names of Sinisa Mihajlovic, Dejan Stankovic, Walter Zenga, Esteban Cambiasso, Maurizio Sarri and Paulo Fonseca. Massimiliano Allegri was also targeted, he who will join Juventus to replace Andrea Pirlo, who should rebound in Sassuolo. Real Madrid were also on the move for Allegri but were late according to the Italian press.
Real Madrid and Barça are looking for a coach!
Because the Merengues will have to look for a new technician after the departure of Zinedine Zidane, who decided to leave a year before the end of his contract. The Frenchman wants to coach next season and he will have to find a project he likes. At the Catalan rival, things could move too. Barca’s new president, Joan Laporta, has asked Ronald Koeman to wait 15 days and if in that time he doesn’t find something better, then the two sides will continue together. A daring request. Camp Nou residents are still dreaming of a return of Pep Guardiola, who should stay at Manchester City.
Joachim Löw, Marcelo Gallardo, Thierry Henry, Roberto Martinez and Xavi Garcia Pimienta (Barça B) are also followed. Valencia, for its part, has just announced the arrival of José Bordalás until 2023. On the side of England, Frank Lampard, free since his dismissal from Chelsea, interests Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton. In Italy, Luciano Spalletti will take the helm of Napoli, replacing Gennaro Gattuso who left for Fiorentina. In the four corners of Europe, the time has come for change. A parallel transfer window just as exciting and which should hold its share of surprises!