On the verge of the new 2022/23 season, a number of clubs have made changes in their managerial positions including Espanyol, Verona, Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin, whereas Athletic Bilbao is still pondering the candidates after Mauricio Pocchetino refused the offer.
The La Liga side, Espanyol is one of the earliest clubs to hire new boss for their new campaign next season. The former Granada manager, Diego Martinez, has been appointed to lead Raul de Tomas and Co to improve their positions in the standings. Martinez is well-known for his spell in Granada. He brought them to the promotion in 2019 and finish on 7th in the final standings. He then led Darwin Machis and Co to go through Europa League quarter finals before losing to Manchester United. His arrival in Espanyol has impacted to a number of players in the squad. The veterans such as 40-year old goalie Diego Lopez, the skipper David Lopez and Didac Villa have parted ways with the club. In addition, three of their loanees last season, Loren Moron, Yangel Herrera and Manu Morlanes have been informed that they are not a part of the new boss’s plan in the upcoming season. Martinez has agreed to sign a two-year contract to guide Espanyol back to continental competition like they used to.
In Italian Serie A, the former Andrea Pirlo’s assistant, Igor Tudor surprisingly left Verona despite his success in bringing the club finish on the ninth in the top tier. The Croatian opted not to continue his contract due to the difference on bolstering the squad with the management. Hellas Verona has named Gabrielle Cioffi as his successor. He is the former Udinese boss in 2021/22 season. Cioffi managed to lead them to avoid relegation and sit on the 12th on the table. Unfortunately, his contract was not extended by the club which then appointed the former Fiorentina man who once played alongside Gabriel Batistuta in 1990s, Andrea Sottil.
In Bundesliga, after Dortmund and Wolfsburg, some other teams apparently also opt for managerial changes. Two of the notable ones are TSG Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin. Hoffenheim had dismissed Sebastian Hoenes due to the degrading results after the winter break. Consequently, they missed the spot in European competition next season. The club has chosen Andre Breitenreiter, who has just won Swiss Ligue with FC Zurich last season. Breitenreiter have experienced in Bundesliga too with Schalke by leading them to seal Europa League berth in 2016 and Hannover between 2017 and 2019.
Another team which has changed their boss is Hertha Berlin, which dramatically kept their top-tier spot after an away win in a playoff against Hamburg SV. The former Mainz manager, Sandro Schwarz will be at the helm of the club till 2024 as the successor of Felix Magath. Schwarz’s most notable achievement was his reign in Dynamo Moscow. He guided his team to finish third and reach Russian Cup final last season. Previously, the 43-year old boss only managed to lead Mainz to finish below tenth.
Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao is still pondering the candidates after Mauricio Pocchettino who has just been sacked by PSG did not seem to be interested in the offer. Bilbao’s two former managers, Marcelo Bielsa and Ernesto Valverde are the strongest ones to pick. The decision will be mainly depending on the result of the election of the new president this week