Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard will be panicking but Isco and Aaron Ramsey have been gifted a second chance… so, with coaches changing across Europe, which players will be the winners and losers of Europe’s MAD managerial merry-go-round?
- Antonio Conte left Inter while Andrea Pirlo has been sacked as Juventus boss
- Simone Inzaghi will replace Conte while Max Allegri will re-join the Old Lady
- Zinedine Zidane has left Real Madrid and Mauricio Pochettino could leave PSG
- Some star players will be gutted while others will be chomping at the bit
- Sportsmail takes a look at five winners and five losers from the merry-go-round
It’s been quite the week in the European managerial market – have you been able to keep up?
If not, a quick run-through. Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane have resigned from their jobs at Inter Milan and Real Madrid respectively, while Andrea Pirlo has been sacked by Juventus – ex-Old Lady boss Massimiliano Allegri is set to return to Turin.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have made contact with PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino appoint coming back to north London. All in all, it’s carnage – so what must all the players involved be thinking?
Sportsmail takes you through five winners and five losers from the chaotic managerial merry-go-round currently taking place across Europe.
Antonio Conte (left) has left Inter Milan and Zinedine Zidane (right) resigned at Real Madrid
Juventus have opted to dispense with the services of first-team manager Andrea Pirlo too
The Danish midfielder did in fact play a crucial role in Inter’s title-winning season, scoring some crucial goals at various points.
And yet, he was not a regular starter. In fact, last season under Conte he appeared more on the bench in Serie A – 20 times – than he did in the starting XI, 17 times.
He also failed to register an assist which, for a playmaker of Eriksen’s ability, represents a failure. Yet the 29-year-old will have a fresh opportunity to impress under new boss Simone Inzaghi.
Christian Eriksen has scored some crucial goals for Inter but struggled to get regular starts
If Eriksen was out-of-favour under Conte, Nainggolan was surplus to requirements.
It hasn’t really happened for the Belgian in Milan, with two impressive loan spells at Cagliari in the last two years still not persuading the former Inter boss to pick the midfielder.
But with Inzaghi’s arrival comes fresh hope for the 33-year-old – can he play a part in Inter trying to defend the Scudetto?
Radja Nainggolan has spent the majority of the last two years out on loan at Cagliari in Serie A
The former Spain international has fallen down the pecking order dramatically at Real Madrid.
In LaLiga last term, he came off the bench 17 times, started eight times and was an unused substitute nine times. For a player of Isco’s quality, it would have been infuriating.
As such, talk has emerged of a move away from the Spanish capital. And yet, dependent on who the new man in charge is, the 29-year-old attacking midfielder could have one last chance saloon at Los Blancos.
Isco fell out-of-favour under Zidane – will the new Real Madrid boss give him a fresh chance?
It’s hard to believe Real spent upwards of £51m on the Serbian forward – and it was seen as a smart purchase back in 2019.
To say Jovic has flopped would be an understatement. He has scored a grand total of two goals in 32 appearances and even his loan spell back at Eintracht Frankfurt last season saw him score just four times.
But, with a summer of rest with Serbia not in the European Championships, Jovic has an opportunity to get up to speed early and impress the new man in charge in Madrid. Particularly if a big-name forward doesn’t join, the Serb could still prove useful.
Luka Jovic spent last season at Eintracht Frankfurt – but he could get another chance at Real
A season of frustration for the Wales international under Andrea Pirlo.
Despite Juventus’ poor form both domestically and in Europe, Pirlo did not often turn to the former Arsenal man when in need of inspiration from the bench, particularly towards the end of the season.
However, Massimiliano Allegri’s arrival gives Ramsey fresh hope to impress. An eye-catching display at the Euros – where he thrived for his country back in 2016 – would go a long way in aiding him thrive in Italy, with his third season on the horizon.
Aaron Ramsey struggled to gain any momentum for Juventus during the 2020-21 campaign
The Belgian has enjoyed the most prosperous season of his career – his 24 Serie A goals went a long way to helping Inter win the title, Lukaku’s first of his career.
He penned an emotional farewell to Conte this week when the news broke of his departure, and credited the Italian for ‘changing him as a player.’
But Conte is gone now. One assumes Inzaghi will deploy Lukaku as the predominant No 9 – but amid rumours Inter need to sell given their precarious finances, he could be on the move once again.
Romelu Lukaku has already expressed his genuine sadness at Conte’s departure from Inter
The Argentine has long been linked with a transfer to Barcelona but Conte’s departure comes at just a time he had formed a fully-fledged partnership with Lukaku.
A more than adequate supporting-act with 17 Serie A goals, the 23-year-old is also now at risk of being sold, particularly given his lofty market value due to his potential.
Inzaghi’s first priority should be to fight tooth and nail to keep Inter’s front duo at the club this summer.
Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez has long been linked with a transfer to Barcelona
The Brazilian midfielder has somewhat flattered to deceive since his switch from Barcelona last summer.
Yet Pirlo was patient with the 24-year-old throughout the campaign, despite inconsistent results and performances for a player whose potential a few years back was sky-high.
Not so much now though. Will Allegri be as patient, with players like Ramsey waiting in the wings? Time will tell.
Arthur had a lacklustre first season at Juventus following his big-money move from Barcelona
Say what you want about Hazard’s two years at Real Madrid thus far, you can’t say he hasn’t had his chances.
Zidane was – some would say blindly so – incredibly loyal to the Belgian during his second stint in charge, despite injury and fitness problems which has seen Hazard score just five Real Madrid goals in 43 games.
Of course, Hazard’s future depends mostly on who the new man in charge is. What is not in doubt though is that the ex-Chelsea star has to find his feet soon – they’re not the most patient bunch at the Bernabeu.
Eden Hazard has struggled in his two seasons at Real Madrid but Zidane was still loyal to him
One of the world’s brightest young stars just looks to have found his perfect coach in Mauricio Pochettino.
And now? Uncertainty looms. The Argentine coach is said to be intrigued by the prospect of returning to Tottenham.
Should Pochettino surprisingly leave after just six months in the job, and with Mbappe’s contract expiring next summer, the World Cup winner could just follow his manager out the door.
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