Introducing a new feature, World Soccer’s ranking of football’s most in-demand coaches. We will update the Index on a regular basis as coaches fall in and out of favour.
1 Diego Simeone
Current status: Hugely successful with Atletico Madrid, winning the Spanish Liga and reaching the 2014 Champions League Final.
Past: Won league titles with Estudiantes and River Plate in Argentina, but less successful with San Lorenzo.
Style: Brilliant motivator and organiser
Future: In contention for “super club” job.
2 Jurgen Klopp
Current status: Supremo at Borussia Dortmund.
Past: Guided Mainz into Bundesliga for the first time before leaving for Dortmund, who he steered to successive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012, and the 2013 Champions League Final.
Style: Charismatic, bespectacled motivator.
Future: Contracted until 2018 and with huge emotional ties to Dortmund, but could be tempted by a really top job.
3 Frank De Boer
Current status: Led Ajax to their fourth successful Eredivisie title, a record for a coach.
Past: Ajax youth coach, Holland assistant coach at the 2010 World Cup.
Style: Committed to youth and the Ajax/Barcelona system of possession-based attack.
Future: Has been linked with Tottenham but may set his sights higher.
4 Luciano Spalletti
Current status: Unemployed after leaving Zenit in March.
Past: Took Udinese and Roma into the Champions League. Won two Russian league titles with Zenit.
Style: Ambitious, attacking tactics – his Roma played 4-6-0.
Future: A club needing a fresh tactical impetus.
5 Thomas Tuchel
Current status: Unemployed and waiting for offers after leaving Mainz at the end of the season.
Past: Promoted from youth coach to head coach of Mainz for five seasons, during which time the club consistently punched above their weight.
Style: Resourceful, clever tactician, strong motivator.
Future: Won’t be out of work for long; he quit Mainz after they refused to release him from his contract.
6 Gerardo Martino
Current status: Unemployed after a relatively unsuccessful season at Barcelona
Past: Coached Paraguay at the 2010 World Cup, took Newell’s Old Boys to the Libertadores Cup semi-finals.
Style: High-pressing passing game.
Future: A top job back in Argentina, possibly the national side if Alex Sabella moves on after the World Cup.
7 David Moyes
Current status: Unemployed after being sacked by Manchester United in April.
Past: Built Preston North End and Everton sides that made steady progress on modest resources.
Style: Sides that are hard to beat and put function before flair.
Future: Keen to rebuild his reputation, possibly outside the UK.
8 Ralf Rangnick
Current status: Sporting director at Salzburg and sister club Leipzig
Past: Worked wonders at Hoffenheim and took Schalke to the Champions League semi-finals in 2011
Style: Once dubbed the “German Wenger”, he studied at the University of Sussex. Favours attacking, high-pressing tactics
Future: A return to frontline coaching
9 Vitor Pereira
Current status: Unemployed after a spell earning petro-dollars in Saudi Arabia with Al Ahli
Past: Succeeded Andre Villas-Boas at Porto and won back-to-back Portuguese league titles in 2012 and 2013
Style: Thoughtful, attack-minded, good with young players
Future: A return to a European league
10 Roberto Mancini
Current status: Unattached after leaving Galatasaray
Past: Won the Italian Cup with Fiorentina and Lazio and the Serie A title with Internazionale. Steered Manchester City to their first English league title for 44 years.
Style: Tactical flexibility, high media profile takes weight off players, but questionable man-management.
Future: A return to Italy is on the cards at some point, possibly with the national team, but he may fancy his luck in Spain.
11 Massimo Allegri unattached
12 Murat Yakin unattached
13 Ernesto Valverde Athletic Bilbao
14 Dan Petrescu unattached
15 Quique Flores unattached
16 Claudio Ranieri unattached
17 Roberto Donadoni Parma
18 Vincenzo Montella Fiorentina
19 Slaven Bilic Besiktas
20 Paul Clement Real Madrid (assistant coach)
21 Martin Jol unattached
22 Bert Van Marwijk unattached
23 Elie Baup unattached
24 Bernd Schuster unattached
25 Huub Stevens unattached
26 Pepe Mel unattached
27 Miroslav Djukic unattached
29 Vladimir Petkovic unattached
30 Mario Been unattached
31 Ronald Koeman, unattached
32 Jesualdo Ferreira unattached
33 Jorge Jesus, Benfica
34 Lluis Carreras Mallorca
35 Markus Wienzierl Augsburg
35 Christophe Galtier Saint-Etienne
36 Philippe Montanier Rennes
37 Malky Mackay unattached
38 Antoine Kombouare Lens
39 Sinisa Mihajlovic Sampdoria
40 Giuseppe Iachini Palermo
41 Chris Hughton unattached
42 Erwin Van de Looi Groningen
43 Guy Luzon Standard Liege
44 Michel Olympiakos
45 Ramon Diaz River Plate
46 Luis Zubeldia LDU Quito
47 Rene Meulensteen unattached
48 Neil Lennon unattached
49 Michael Laudrup unattached
50 Tim Sherwood, unattached