The second half of the season marks the managerial changes in some teams, both club and national teams. There are at least four teams which just appointed their new manager, Chelsea, Poland, Serbia and Colombia national teams.
The Blues finally had to axe Frank Lampard despite their win against Luton Town in FA Cup fourth round last weekend. His successor is none but the favorite available German-speaking figure, Thomas Tuchel. The former PSG boss who just lost their previous job last December, does not think twice to take up the challenge. He is given a tough but still doable task for the team with a high-profile squad like Chelsea, finishing the top four and improving their continental campaign in Champions League.
Next one, Poland national team eventually picked a foreign manager over the local names. Poland Football association (PZPN) named the Portuguese coach, Paulo Sousa, who is the personal choice of PZPN president, Zbigniew Boniek. The former Juventus and Dortmund man when they won their last UCL in 1996 and 1997 has experienced in taking charge of the teams in major European leagues, Fiorentina in Serie A and Bordeaux of Ligue 1, plus his spell in FC Basel of Switzerland and three teams in Championship, QPR, Swansea and Leicester City. Such is the luxury any Polish managers never have till now, which could be their main reason of opting Sousa as Jerzy Brzeczek’s succcesor.
Meanwhile, Serbia will soon announce their former football association president, Dragan Stojkovic as the new head coach. The former captain in World Cup 1990 and 1998 squad has been relieved from his previous post in China Super League side, which confirm his availability to lead Alexander Mitrovic and Co for the Qatar 2022 UEFA qualifiers next March. He is actually the second choice after Sinisa Mihajlovic refused to leave his post in Bologna.
In South America, Reinaldo Rueda has been confirmed to be at the helm of Colombia following Carlos Quiroz’s decision to leave the post after the humiliting 1-6 defeat from Ecuador in the last outing of World Cup 2022 qualifier. This is Rueda’s second spell to lead Falcao and Co after his previous stint in 2004 – 2006. He is assigned to improve their form in the qualifiers and do well in Copa America 2021 when Colombia is a join host with Argentina.