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10 best football managers who are currently unemployed

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Former PSG and France boss Laurent Blanc is among the best managers currently unemployed

It's nearly December and basically, a third of the European football season has passed. Many teams are struggling and quite a few have already changed their manager. There have been 5 sackings In the English Premier League alone.

West Bromwich Albion and Everton are currently without a permanent manager and the delay regarding the appointment of the next boss might be down to the fact there aren't many to choose from.

Everton, especially, seem to be struggling to pick out the next man to lead the team. It's been over a month since the sacking of Ronald Koeman.

With a platitude of managers being shown the door in recent times, here's a look at the 10 best managers in world football, who happen to be unemployed at the moment:

#10 Paulo Bento

Denmark v Portugal - EURO 2012 Qualifier
Paulo Bento is among the best managers in Sporting's history

Paulo Bento has a mixed reputation as he's been forced to leave a couple of jobs after a string of bad results, but he would be an interesting choice for any midlevel club.

The 48-year-old is currently without a job, after getting sacked by Olympiacos last March. Mind you, it happened in bizarre circumstances, as the team was holding the top spot in Greece with a nearly 10-point edge over the rest of the back and had qualified for the Round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League.

Bento is probably best known for his work at Sporting Lisbon. He brought the team two Portuguese Cups and two Super Cups, also leading them to the League Cup final a couple of times. In terms of trophies won, the former defensive midfielder is the second most successful manager in club history.

After his good job at Sporting, Bento was appointed Portugal manager after Carlos Queiroz was sacked following a poor start to the EURO 2012 qualifiers. The team won eight of the first 10 games played under Bento, including a 4-0 hammering of the then world champions, Spain.


He got the nation to the Euros via playoffs, and the team had a very successful run there, only stopped by Spain in the semi-finals in a penalty shootout.

Bento's reign with Portugal ended after a poor start to the 2016 EURO qualifiers. After that, he had a brief spell with Cruzeiro in Brazil before taking over at Olympiacos.

Bento has won 59.33% of matches as manager. Over 327 matches, his team has scored 154 more goals than the opponents. He looks like a solid appointment, although there could be some difficulties coming up after the honeymoon period is over.

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