Top Football Coaches Who Are Currently Free Agents
There’s a humorous saying in football that there are two kinds of coaches. The first group includes those who have been sacked, while the other group contains coaches waiting to be sacked. As funny as that proverb is, it just goes to show you the unpredictability of the shelf life of a manager. Today a few are still unemployed as we speak, and we will be looking at some of them.
Here are the 7 top football coaches who are currently free agents.
1. Zinedine Zidane
The Frenchman is definitely the best football coach who is currently a free agent.
Zidane became coach of Real Madrid’s first team in 2016, and in his first two and a half seasons, he became the first coach to win the Champions League three consecutive times.
He also won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup twice each, as well as a La Liga title and a Spanish Super Cup.
However, he resigned from his job in 2018 but returned to the club in 2019 and proceeded to win another La Liga and a Spanish Super Cup title.
Nonetheless, he left the club once again in 2021 and, since then, is still a free agent.
Although Zidane has been linked to PSG, Manchester United, and the French national team, he is yet to coach any club.
2. Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel is another top football coach who is currently a free agent.
The German coach has been abruptly sacked in the last three clubs he managed despite achieving a measure of success at each club.
Tuchel was appointed as coach of Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in 2015, and he won the DFB-Pokal before he was sacked in 2017.
He was signed by Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain in 2018, and there, he won two league titles and led the club to its first UEFA Champions League final before he was dismissed in 2020.
The 49-year-old joined Chelsea in January 2021 and clinched the Champions League in his debut season at the club. However, he was suddenly sacked from his position in September 2022.
3. Rafael Benitez
The Spanish tactician is most remembered for his time at Liverpool when he guided them to a famous UEFA Champions League triumph in 2005.
Over the years, Benitez has handled other top sides like Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Inter Milan. The profile of the 62-year-old manager has dwindled over the last few years.
Benitez had a topsy-turvy time with English side Newcastle United before joining Everton last season, where he was sacked following a poor run of games.
Rafa is still not attached to any club at the moment.
4. Andre Villas-Boas
Despite his relatively young age, the Portuguese coach has coached quite a huge number of sides.
The 45-year-old has built up an incredible list of teams he has coached, including FC Porto, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Olympique Marseille.
He left Marseille in 2021 under controversial circumstances regarding the club’s transfer policy and hasn’t managed another club since then.
Did you know? Andre Villas-Boas is one of the few coaches who never played football.
5. Sean Dyche
The Lancashire side sacked the former Burnley manager in April of this year after a run of poor results.
Dyche had been with the club for 10 years, successfully guiding them to the English Premier League in 2013 and 2016.
The 51-year-old is still out of work as of the time of this article.
6. Mauricio Pochettino
The Argentinian manager has enjoyed coaching at the highest level for some seasons in the UEFA Champions League and English Premier League.
The 50-year-old was even tipped to be the next great top manager but less than glowing successes at Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint Germain.
Mauricio was relieved of his job at PSG after just one season despite winning the French Ligue 1 2021/22 season and is still without a coaching job at the moment.
7. Joachim Löw
Joachim Löw is yet to coach another club after his long stint with the German national team.
He was coach of the German national team from 2006 until 2021, becoming the longest for an international coach in Europe.
And in his tenure as manager, he led Germany to the ultimate success at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
However, Löw revealed that he would resign from his position after Euro 2020 and resigned after his team was knocked out by England in the tournament.
Other top football coaches who are free agents:
- Marcelo Bielsa
- Julen Lopetegui
- Marcelo Gallardo
- Bruno Lage
- Domenico Tedesco
- Steven Gerrard
- Claudio Ranieri
- Pepe Bordalás