The Summer of Free Agents: Football’s Elite Managers on the Move

The summer of 2024 is set to be one of the most intriguing off-seasons in football history, with five of the world’s most celebrated managers – Mourinho, Zidane, Xavi Hernandez, Tuchel, and Klopp – all potentially available to take on new challenges. As the season draws to a close, speculation is rife about where these tactical maestros will end up, with top clubs across Europe on high alert.

Jose Mourinho

ROME, ITALY – NOVEMBER 28: AS Roma coach Josè Mourinho celebrates the victory at the end of the Serie A match between AS Roma and Torino FC at Stadio Olimpico on November 28, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Fabio Rossi/AS Roma via Getty Images)

The “Special One” finds himself in a familiar position, seeking a new project after parting ways with Roma. Mourinho’s next destination could be anywhere, given his illustrious career and the universal demand for his services. While a return to the Premier League is not off the table, there have been whispers of interest from Saudi Arabian clubs, suggesting his next chapter could be as unpredictable as ever​​.

Zinedine Zidane

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 22: Zinedine Zidane head Coach of Real Madrid giving instructions during the La Liga Santander match between Real Madrid and Villarreal CF at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on May 22, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Zidane, with his legendary status and a trophy-laden managerial career at Real Madrid, has been linked with a sensational return to management. The French icon is rumored to be eyeing the Marseille job, contingent on a takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. Additionally, a potential third stint at Real Madrid or a move to Bayern Munich could be in the cards, underscoring his continued allure at the highest levels of the game​​​​.

Xavi Hernandez


After announcing his departure from Barcelona, Xavi’s next move is shrouded in mystery. The revered midfielder turned manager has not yet been linked with a specific club, but his deep understanding of the game and success at Barcelona will undoubtedly make him a top target for many elite clubs seeking a fresh tactical approach​​.

Thomas Tuchel


Tuchel’s impending exit from Bayern Munich has fueled speculation about his next destination. Barcelona has emerged as a potential landing spot, with the Catalan giants considering him as a replacement for Xavi. Tuchel’s tactical acumen and proven track record at the highest level make him an attractive option for any top club looking for leadership​​​​.


Jurgen Klopp


Klopp’s announcement of a planned sabbatical after leaving Liverpool has tempered expectations of an immediate return to management. However, the charismatic German’s success and popularity mean that top clubs will likely be waiting in the wings should he decide to cut his break short. For now, Klopp seems set on recharging before considering his next move​​.

As the football world waits with bated breath, the movements of these five managerial giants will undoubtedly dominate the summer’s headlines. Each brings a unique philosophy and a proven track record of success, making them highly sought after in an increasingly competitive landscape. Whether it’s a return to familiar territories or the beginning of a new chapter in unexpected destinations, the summer of 2024 promises to be a carousel of tactical brilliance on the move.