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Five high-profile managers looking for jobs

Five high-profile managers looking for jobs
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Some big names are out of work heading into next season.

The managerial merry-go-round seems certain to gather pace once again this summer with some of the game's biggest names currently out of work.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the leading candidates and where they may be suited to working in the men's game next season.

Antonio Conte

Conte left Inter Milan just weeks after leading the club to a first Serie A title in 11 years. He reportedly decided to call it a day in frustration at the lack of funds available to him, but his pedigree is first-class with the former Italy boss having led Juventus to three successive titles and won the Premier League and FA Cup in his time at Chelsea. He has been linked with the vacancy at Tottenham.

Frank Lampard

Chelsea dispensed with the services of manager Frank Lampard after a slump in results
Chelsea dispensed with the services of manager Frank Lampard after a slump in results (Andy Rain/PA)

Lampard's spell as Chelsea boss saw him initially usher the club's youngsters into the limelight in impressive style in the face of a transfer embargo. However, having been allowed to invest £200million in new talent, he was unable to reverse a worrying run of results and was dismissed in January, a decision which was fully vindicated by successor Thomas Tuchel leading the Blues to Champions League glory. Linked with Bournemouth and England's Under-21s in the immediate aftermath of his departure, he has been touted more recently as the favourite to replace Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace.

Zinedine Zidane

Zidane called time on his second spell in charge at Real Madrid last month after his side were pipped to LaLiga's title by rivals Atletico Madrid. Real were crowned champions under the former France international in the 2019-20 season following his return to the Bernabeu Stadium in March 2019. Having cited the demands of the job when he walked away from the club in 2018, after winning three successive Champions Leagues and the league, he may opt for a break. But should Mauricio Pochettino's future lie away from Paris St Germain, his stature could prove attractive to the club's owners.

Nuno Espirito Santo

Thank you, Nuno

𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳.The end of an incredible journey. 💛

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Having cut his teeth in his native Portugal with Rio Ave and Porto either side of a period in Spain with Valencia, Nuno established himself as a rising star in England. He led Wolves into the Premier League at the end of his first season and then to seventh-place top-flight finishes in each of the next two campaigns. He and the club decided to part ways at the end of the season after a disappointing – by their standards – campaign, due in no small part to the extended absence of injured striker Raul Jimenez. Nuno has reportedly attracted interest from Everton, Palace and Lazio, who are looking for a replacement for Simone Inzaghi.

Rafael Benitez

Rafael Benitez is available after leaving Chinese club Dalian Professional in January
Rafael Benitez is available after leaving Chinese club Dalian Professional in January (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Benitez has been out of work since ending his lucrative spell in charge at Chinese Super League club Dalian Professional in January. He has made no secret of his desire to return to the Premier League after parting company with Newcastle during the summer of 2019 having failed to resolve his differences with owner Mike Ashley. Magpies head coach Steve Bruce has worked in the Spaniard's shadow ever since, although with a much-anticipated takeover yet to materialise the prospect of a return for the much-travelled Champions League winner appears remote, in the short term at least. Linked with Celtic earlier in the year, the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has also been tipped as a contender for the Spurs and Everton jobs.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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