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It’s been less than a week since the final games of the season but already there are three managerial vacancies to have appeared in the Premier League. With more expected before the end of this summer and the old guard of regular faces being moved to one side, there’s a need for new blood in the proverbial hot seats across the country.
Paulo Fonseca was heavily tipped to be one of these names, however, having signed a two-year contract extension with his present club, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, the West Ham hierarchy look like they will need to go back to their drawing board in their search to replace David Moyes.
But where should they look? RealSport draw up a list of three managers who could prove worthy of a contract for next season’s campaign.
1 Marcelo Gallardo (River Plate)
While he’s being heavily linked to the vacant Monaco job, a team he enjoyed success with as a player, Gallardo is a manager who could be worthy of a risk for a Premier League club.
Argentina is rightly growing a reputation for producing top managerial talent and Gallardo is well on track to becoming the latest, greatest coach from South America. As a playmaker on the field, he has proven the ability to pass on his knowledge to others in producing creative, attacking football.
The 42-year-old widely acknowledges he draws inspiration from both Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola, playing with a possession-based, high-pressing style.
Having won the Copa Libertadores with River Plate and many domestic titles, Gallardo will soon ply his trade in Europe and can be expected in the Premier League eventually judging by his impressive success rate and modern thinking on the game.
2 Gary Rowett (Derby County)
The Championship has become a breeding ground for great managerial talent, especially given the success of the three promoted teams to last season’s Premier League. Rowett has long been one of the most promising English managers and Derby’s failure to clinch promotion through the playoffs this week could see him ready for a new challenge.
As a manager who prefers to have his teams play a counter-attacking style, he’s also shown some tactical fluidity at the end of this season to regain the momentum Derby lost in February. While he still very much looks like a manager on a learning curve, he also looks to be a manager still learning which is a very positive thing.
Having signed a new deal with the Rams in January which has another 3 years still to run, it will probably take a large compensation package to sever his ties with the club. If a big club and the right challenge presents itself, money could prove little object for the Premier League’s financially muscular sides.
3 Ralph Hasenhüttl (Unattached)
After leaving RB Leipzig by mutual consent earlier this week, Hasenhuttl is a young manager with a high reputation looking for a new challenge. Not only would he prove a cheaper option than many managers who could be falling under consideration, he could also be a better proposition full stop.
While Leipzig faltered under expectation this season to finish 6th in the Bundesliga, the fact that they were so well regarded is largely down to his doing. The 50-year-old Austrian has shown a great ability in developing young players and achieving extraordinary results on very limited budgets. At both FC Ingolstadt 04 and RB Leipzig, he has produced two dark horses in the Bundesliga with what appears to be a Midas touch.
That he claims to have the same footballing philosophy as Jürgen Klopp will raise interest amongst many top European clubs this summer. But while the heavy metal mentality may be similar, he prefers to use a 4-2-2-2 formation and could provide a new trend in English football if given an opportunity to shine.
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