Three Premier League managers who could land top jobs

With the top jobs in English football becoming more lucrative and sought after, we take a look at three managers in the top division who could land at a leading club in the coming years.

The first name on the list will probably come as no surprise to those who have followed English football over the last few seasons.

Eddie Howe is now the longest serving manager in the Premier League after being in charge of Bournemouth for six years and ten months in what is his second spell at the Cherries.

He guided the South coast club to the top of the Championship table in 2014/15 before going on to secure Bournemouth’s place as an established Premier League side with a club record ninth position in 2016/17.

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Two other comfortable finishes in the top flight served only to help grow Howe’s reputation across the game and catch wandering eyes from the elite clubs in England and abroad.

Many in the UK consider the attacking and inventive young coach, who is yet to reach his 42nd birthday, to be one of the leading lights in English football.

Howe is famed for his hands on approach on the training pitch and for maximising the performances of his players, some of which have been at Bournemouth since their League One days.

He has performed miracles in the South of England, working on a limited budget at a club that has only got an 11,300 capacity stadium.

Howe has somehow managed to get star players such as Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser to stay at the club whilst often investing wisely in young talent such as Lewis Cook and David Brooks.

If he continues in the same vein it will not be long before one of the big clubs in England gambles on what the tactician can do with greater resources available.

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Nuno Espirito Santo is beginning his third season in English football after spells in Portugal and Spain via Porto and Valencia respectively.

It is rare for a former goalkeeper to turn manager but Santo is showing everyone it can be done.

Whilst he has been helped by the clubs relationship with super-agent Jorge Mendes, enabling the club to bring in stars such as Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Diogo Jota, the Portuguese boss has still overachieved.

He led the Wanderers to the Championship title in style after a six year absence.

Back-to-back relegations in 2011/12 and 2012/13 meant the club were playing there football in the third division and the season before Nuno came in, the Birmingham based club finished in a lowly 15th position.

The transformation he has performed in such a short space of time was confounded by their seventh place finish in their first year back in the Premier League and a run to the FA Cup semi-finals which was cruelly ended in extra-time by a spirited Watford side.

The 16-point haul that Wolves managed to take off the top six during 2018/19 proved Santo’s tactical nous and meant the club finished in a European spot.

It is yet to be seen whether the Portuguese can guide them to the Europa League group stages with a tricky play-off second leg fixture against Italian outfit Torino to come, but if he pulls it off it could be one of his greatest achievements yet.

This coming season will be a big test for Wolves and the man at the helm as they may have to deal with playing Thursdays and Sundays with a small squad but if Nuno Espirito Santo can have another successful campaign it won’t be long before the big boys come calling.

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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl completes the three man shortlist.

He was only appointed as boss at Saint Mary’s in December last year but has already made a big impression on English football.

He took over from Mark Hughes with the Saints in the relegation zone and in big trouble.

The Austrian dubbed the ‘Klopp of the Alps’ totally transformed the teams playing style, getting them to play with much more pace and energy, implementing his famous pressing style to great effect.

His first win in charge of Southampton came eleven days after his appointment and ended Arsenal’s 22 match unbeaten streak with a 3-2 victory.

That was a sign of things to come as the club hit incredible form and secured their Premier League status by the end of April, eventually finishing in 16th place and avoiding a relegation battle that they looked destined to be involved in before the former RB Leipzig man’s intervention.

It was at the German outfit where Hasenhuttl made his name, working with talented young players such as Timo Werner and Naby Keita and guided the newly promoted side to a second place finish in their first year as a Bundesliga side.

Hasenhuttl will once again have to prove his talent on a limited budget as Moussa Djenepo and Che Adams, along with the permanent signing of Danny Ings who was on loan last season, being the only additions.

If he can steer the Saints anywhere near the top-half of the table the ‘Austrian Klopp’ may join a long list of Southampton employees to move to Anfield when the enigmatic German coach’s contract expires in 2022.

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George Cannon

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