Roberto Mancini (Manchester City)
The Italian has had mixed fortunes during his spell in Manchester. Bringing both the FA Cup and the ultimate prize, the Premier League trophy, from under the noses of bitter rivals United, would usually guarantee a place in the hot seat for time immemorial. However, given the scale of the investment and the spectacularly elevated level of expectation at the Etihad, surrendering that title and two consecutive abject failures in the Champions League means that Mancini must surely be twitching anxiously over his future as the summer approaches. The Emirati owners will expect to regain the Premier League crown next season, especially if they dip into their bottomless pockets to raid the transfer market and will certainly want a better return on their financial input on the European scene. With Jose Mourinho and David Moyes potentially becoming available, Mancini will have a few sleepless nights once the season finally finishes.
David Moyes (Everton)
There is absolutely no chance that David Moyes will ever get the sack at Everton. His relationship with Chairman Bill Kenwright, who adores the Scotsman, means that only Moyes’ ambition to go to the next level will split them up. The job he has done to stabilise and improve the Toffees has been little short of amazing given the lack of funds he has consistently worked with when wheeling and dealing in the transfer market. His increasing frustration with the clubs ability to compete with the mega-wealthy suggests that he will walk away from Goodison Park once his current contract expires this summer. Yet another season where his team just fall short of the Champions League places and fail to win a cup competition emphasise Everton’s lack of resources. Talk has been of a move to Germany as most of the big four in England don’t have a vacancy coming up in the near future for which Moyes would be targeted. Another suggestion is that Sir Alex Ferguson wants him to take over at Manchester United when he retires. The two Glaswegians are close friends with a similar Scottish ethic to the game. Without the prospect of an immediate increase in transfer funds, this could be the only thing that keeps Moyes on Merseyside for the next few seasons.
Roberto Martinez (Wigan Athletic)
The Latics may not be a Premier League club for much longer as they fight to beat the drop yet again. For the last few summers, the Spaniard has been in great demand having been approached for the jobs at Aston Villa and Liverpool. His own set of stipulations have not been met by either of those clubs so he has remained loyal to chairman Dave Whelan who has professed his boundless admiration for Martinez. Wigan’s first appearance in a major Cup Final should raise his profile and stock further even if relegation happens. Now is the time for Martinez to take the next step in his career development and regardless of the outcome of Wigan’s season, expect to see the likeable young coach in a different dugout next year. Should David Moyes decide to leave Everton, Martinez could see himself make the short trip to Goodison Park.
Harry Redknapp (QPR)
OK so QPR have been relegated and won’t be in the Premier League next season, but for a couple of weeks at least, they still are. It was a little surprising that Redknapp decided to take up the task of saving Rangers from the drop following the disastrous reign of Mark Hughes which left them cast adrift at the bottom of the table. A man with a reputation like Redknapp’s should surely be more suited to a club in much less of a mess than QPR. But the lure of big cash, the chance to dabble extensively in the transfer market and the ego-inflating possibilities of dragging QPR out of trouble were too much to ignore for the veteran manager. However, despite sporadic improvement in form on the pitch, results have still been very poor and the lack of commitment to the cause by the highly paid prima donnas at Loftus Road shows that even for someone with Redknapp’s experience, the QPR situation was too far gone. Redknapp has committed himself to bringing Rangers straight back up from the Championship next season but if he has any sense he should walk away from this car crash club now for the good of his health, both physical and mental.
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