The 10 Most in-Demand Managers on the Planet

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentMay 4, 2014

The 10 Most in-Demand Managers on the Planet

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    Louis van Gaal, Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp are managers who are in demand, but who else would make the top 10?

    This list is not a ranking of the 10 best managers in Europe right now. Rather, it's a list of the best managers who could move clubs in the summer. 


    Honorable Mentions

    • Vincenzo Montella (Fiorentina)
    • Roberto Martinez (Everton)
    • Luciano Spalletti (Free Agent)
    • Paco Jemez (Rayo Vallecano)
    • Thomas Tuchel (Mainz)

10. David Moyes (Free Agent)

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    Sir Alex Ferguson's biggest mistake was not letting Paul Pogba go or selling Jaap Stam—it was pushing David Moyes into the Manchester United job.

    "You [Moyes] got this job on a technicality of a legend [Ferguson] who recommended you," an impassioned United fan said, per Full Time Devils. "You are nothing. You are a fool. And you are a waste of time."

    Moyes must feel chagrined that one poor season at United has undone a decade's worth of good work at Everton.

    The way United management treated Moyes in his latter days as manager was cruel and classless. The Scot is an experienced and decent Premier League-standard manager, who did not have the CV to be a United manager.

    Moyes can overachieve with a limited budget, therefore mid-tier and bottom-tier Premier League clubs will be vying for his services. 

    Maybe Moyes should think about following Steve McClaren's lead and manage overseas before taking another job in England.

9. Ronald Koeman (Feyenoord)

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    Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman is turning prospects into budding stars. 

    Left-back/centre-back Terence Kongolo (20), left-back/centre-back Bruno Martins Indi (22), centre-back Stefan de Vrij (22), central midfielder Tonny Vilhena (19), central midfielder Jordy Clasie (22) and left forward Jean-Paul Boetius (20) have all shown impressive upside. 

    Feyenoord play an attacking brand of football under Koeman and are currently second in the Eredivisie.

8. Ernesto Valverde (Athletic Bilbao)

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    Athletic Bilbao needed a change of direction after being worn out by Marcelo Bielsa. 

    Ernesto Valverde stepped up and taken 12th-placed Bilbao to fourth in La Liga.

    Centre-back Aymeric Laporte, defensive midfielder Ander Iturraspe, right-sided attacking midfielder Markel Susaeta, left-sided attacking midfielder Iker Muniain, centre-forward Aritz Aduriz and super-sub Ibai Gomez have all responded well to Valverde.

7. Rene Girard (Lille)

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    Rene Girard is not a one-hit wonder.

    After winning a Ligue 1 title with Montpellier, he has turned Lille into one of the hardest teams to score against. 

    Lille have recorded 11 clean sheets and conceded just 22 goals in 36 league games. 

    Their stout defence is one of the reasons why Lille are unbeaten in 13 league games.

6. Rudi Garcia (Roma)

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    Rudi Garcia is the reason why Roma have made big strides this season.  

    Under Garcia, Roma control midfield proceedings—averaging a Serie A-best 58.8 percent of possession—and boast the best defence in Italy with just 19 goals conceded in 35 league games.

    Gervinho, who left Arsenal as a punch line, has turned into one of Serie A's most dangerous players with nine goals and 10 assists this season.

    It is a testament to Garcia's excellent man management.

5. Frank de Boer (Ajax)

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    Ajax manager Frank de Boer is the prime candidate to replace Tim Sherwood at Tottenham Hotspur. 

    "Spurs have made an approach," De Boer said, per Sky Sports. "I'm going to listen and talk. Then I'll make my feelings known."

    De Boer has won four successive Eredivisie titles at Ajax, a team not as gung-ho as Feyenoord, but more solid at the back.

    Ajax have the best defence in the Eredivisie, conceding 28 goals conceded in 34 league games, and De Boer would surely improve Spurs' defence, which has made a plethora of unforced errors this campaign. 

4. Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid)

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    Diego Simeone tactically outfoxed two-time UEFA Champions League winner Jose Mourinho when Atletico Madrid knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League to set up a date with city rivals Real in this season's final.

    Atleti play a physical, well-structured and efficient brand of football. 

    Simeone's team have won nine-straight La Liga games and are on course to win the title, meaning that he could end the season with La Liga and Champions League titles alongside the Copa del Rey and Europa League victories already on his resume. 

    He is one of the best managers in the world at present, so expect major clubs to throw money at him. 

3. Jurgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund)

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    Every season, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has to regenerate the team because his players are performing at such a high standard that major European clubs poach them.

    Mario Gotze, Nuri Sahin [1], Robert Lewandowski and Shinji Kagawa all left Klopp and he still keeps plugging along. 

    Lewandowski's absence will be filled by Adrian Ramos, and expect him to keep scoring under Klopp. 

    Klopp is a passionate manager with a winning attitude. 

    He speaks perfect English, so he will be a target for Premier League clubs. 


    [1] since returned to Dortmund.

2. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

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    Will Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger walk away?

    Judging by his recent statements, no. 

    "We want to add something that makes us even stronger," Wenger said, per Darren Witcoop at the Telegraph. "But number wise it will not be massive."

    Wenger was talking about transfer signings.

    If he was going to leave, he would have answered: "No comment."

    Hypothetically speaking, he would be an ideal fit for Monaco, a club he has managed before who are desperately trying to keep up with Paris Saint-Germain. 

    To the Arsenal fans who want Wenger out: yes, if you can line up Diego Simeone or Jurgen Klopp as a replacement. 

    Until then, Wenger will continue managing the Gunners. 

1. Louis van Gaal (Netherlands National Team)

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    What Manchester United need is a manager with personality, someone who has gravitas and a take-no-prisoners approach.

    Louis van Gaal is the man, per Jamie Jackson at the Guardian

    David Moyes' biggest problem was bowing down to Wayne Rooney.

    This would not happen under Van Gaal, who will promote youth if a senior player steps out of line. 

    With league titles in Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, as well as a UEFA Champions League title, Van Gaal has the CV to manage United. 

    He can steer them back to greatness in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. 



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